The Beta Chapter House Corporation of Phi Kappa Tau at Ohio University has partnered with Hoon Inc. and BDT Architects and Interior Designers in Athens, Ohio, to develop a solid plan and construction estimate to meet the fraternity’s immediate needs and address the long-term viability of the chapter house. In all areas, the architect has been instructed to be mindful of budget constraints as well as mandatory building and fire code requirements. In addition, they placed a special emphasis on the use of practical and durable building materials, finishes, and fixtures to withstand high-volume use over a number of years. Thanks to a successful capital fundraising campaign, the following improvements were made.

Renovation Highlights:

  • Fire Protection System – Address mandatory life-safety issues with sprinklers, fire-rated doors, and full compliance with code specifications.

  • Infrastructure Systems – Enhance plumbing and electrical systems to accommodate the increased usage and address safety issues.

  • HVAC – Install a new heating and air-conditioning system for greater efficiency and climate control.

  • Lower Floor – Renovate space to create a larger chapter meeting room by removing the existing kitchen. The Worthing Room will be repurposed into a quiet, group study room.

  • First Floor – Lower the floor of the foyer and parlor to match chapter room and create a handicapped accessible president’s suite with private bathroom.

  • Common Recreational Space – Expand common space on all floors to better accommodate a large number of out-of-house members.

  • Kitchenettes – Offer a refrigerator, stovetop, microwave, and pantry space in the common rooms on both the second and third floors.

  • Bedrooms and Bathrooms – Second floor will feature five single rooms, two double rooms, and two bathrooms; third floor will feature two single rooms, two double rooms, and one bathroom; total occupancy will be 16 members.

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