LSU’s Kappa Sigma fraternity house is expected to permanently close next month, making way for construction of a new chapter house, according to a news release.
The house was state of the art when constructed in the 1930s, but as the early 2000s approached, the fraternity began to face significant costs to maintain the Depression-era structure. Structural, electrical and plumbing expenses continued to soar, the release said.
Home Corporation President Chip Weimar, a professional contractor, said the costs eventually would become unsustainable. “Structural problems are literally causing our house to crumble in front of our eyes,” he said.
Alumni leadership formed the House Steering Commission in 2013 to create and carry out a long-term plan to ensure a functioning house on campus. After professional review, the only practical and economic option was to construct a new facility, the release said.
The new 22,000-square-foot house is estimated to cost $7 million, with more than $4.3 million already raised. House Steering Commission Co-chairman Mike Busada said the group hopes to begin demolition and construction this fall.
“For over a century, Kappa Sigma played a major role not only in ensuring that members received a quality education, but also that members developed leadership skills and values that have resulted in career and personal success. This new house is about ensuring Kappa Sigma has a home at LSU and will enable us to continue this mission for another century” Busada said.
Milton J. Womack Contractors and the Bani, Carville & Brown architectural firm were chosen to construct the new facility. The new house will have three stories and construction should take around 18 months. Work will begin once the $7 million fundraising goal is met.
The current undergraduates have contributed $200,000 to the campaign.
For information on the project and the fundraising campaign, visit www.lsukappasighouse.com.