Kappa Sigma fraternity will build a new $6 million, 23,000-square-foot house on LSU’s campus.
The LSU Board of Supervisors on Friday agreed to plans for the three-story fraternity house, which will replace the existing Kappa Sigma house. It will be paid for entirely by the fraternity, but the LSU board had to approve the fraternity house design because it will be located on campus.
The current house is about 77 years old and was one of the first built on LSU’s campus.
“We’ve got a house that’s falling down around our ears,” Chip Weimar, head of the fraternity chapter’s housing corporation, told the LSU board.
The fraternity is in the fundraising stages and has collected about $2 million, Weimar said.
“It’s going well,” he said. “We’ve got some very loyal guys.”
The new house will sleep 52 students, plus a house mother.
All living quarters will be on the upper two floors, with the bottom floor designated as public spaces — including a large recreational room that will have a slab floor and concrete walls.
“It will take a hose-out well,” Weimar joked.
Kappa Sigma plans to start construction this summer, and the goal is to have the new fraternity house open by summer 2016.
Weimar said there is no current plan for what Kappa Sigma members will do for communal space or living quarters during the construction period, but the chapter is working with the university to identify options for on-campus housing.
“As we speak today, we don’t have anything nailed down,” he said.
Members of the LSU board praised the renderings of the project during Friday’s meeting.
The stately red brick structure will have prominent white columns with a balcony and portico.
“It’s a beautiful house,” said board member Rolfe McCollister.
Member Stanley Jacobs said he hopes it creates an “arms race” among the campus’ Greek system, encouraging the construction or renovation of other fraternity and sorority houses.
“This is great,” he said.
The LSU board also signed off on plans for an athlete-focused dining hall on the site of the old Alex Box Stadium.
The $12 million Tiger Athletics Nutrition Center will be privately funded. Construction is slated to start in April and end in spring 2016.
While the goal is to serve student athletes, LSU President and Chancellor F. King Alexander said it also would be open to students who are not athletes.
LSU Athletics Director Joe Alleva said leaders are exploring whether the site also could be open on game days.
“The goal is to feed student-athletes, but we also want to generate some money,” he said.