More Than $2.5 Million Raised in Early Commitments from Dedicated Brothers
The Missouri DU – Building Our Next 100 Years campaign was recently announced with its goal to raise $3 million to support the construction of a new chapter house.
For several years, the alumni leadership has been studying alternatives and working to develop a solid strategy to provide a first-class facility that will meet the needs of our undergraduate brothers well into the 21st century. To this end, architects and consultants were engaged to develop a needs assessment, architectural plans, and fundraising goals.
From the campaign chairman, Bruce McKinney, “While the focus of this campaign is on ensuring a competitive living environment, the essence of this endeavor is much more than bricks and mortar. This must be a truly transformative initiative for our entire organization. If Missouri DU is to remain relevant and add value to our membership, we must significantly increase alumni engagement and chapter oversight. In addition, we must continue to align our membership development programming with the directives of our international Fraternity and the university. Over the past decade, the chapter has proven its ability to perform. It is now time to provide an upgrade in the living environment to remain competitive and sustain our momentum.”
Diligent efforts produced a comprehensive plan for Missouri DU focused on three critical areas:
Physical & Safety Needs
With heavier demands on internal systems, such as the electrical and technology infrastructure, and a lack of appropriate storage space, the current home does not adequately accommodate the needs of the chapter. The new chapter house will feature a whole-house, fire-safety sprinkler system to satisfy the City of Columbia mandate. Additionally, the project will address upgrades to a modernized electrical system with adequate outlets for computers, printers, and other electrical appliances, proper space allocation and usage, improve energy-efficiency, and provide modernized bathrooms to meet the needs of today’s students and cut down on facility maintenance expenses.
Academic & Technology Needs
The DU house has always been an environment that fosters academic excellence; however, study space and academic needs have changed. The new facility provides multiple areas designated for study. Quiet, well-lit, and comfortable study space featuring adequate furnishings and state-of-the-art technology will help members maintain a competitive edge.
Competition & Value
Today’s students and their parents expect more for their housing dollars. Amenities offered by the residence halls and in off-campus apartments, as well as new and renovated fraternity houses, required critical thinking to ensure the new facility to be a safe, attractive option.
Highlights of the $5.5 million facility include:
- Formal foyer featuring a grand staircase
- Library with a fireplace and grand piano
- Alumni room for sporting event weekends and gatherings at the house
- Spacious lounge designed for community gathering, as well as alumni functions
- Grand patio located off of the lounge, designed for fraternity use and functions
- Quiet study area featuring tables and chairs for comfortable studying
- House director’s apartment
- Commercial kitchen with separate weekend kitchen for member use
- Formal dining room and chapter room
- Handicapped-accessible suite
- Bedroom quarters that sleep 16
- Combination of suite-style bedroom accommodations
- 25 double rooms
- Three quad suites
- Sleeping capacity of 62
- Bathrooms shared by two double rooms
- 30 covered parking spaces
- 21 uncovered parking spaces
- Workshop for special event projects
- Laundry and vending area
- Designated bicycle area
- Elevator access to first floor of the house