The Alpha Chi Chapter of Sigma Chi at Pennsylvania State University needed to reconstruct the interior of their chapter house by 2008 not only to comply with local life-safety ordinances but to address inadequate electrical, heating, and plumbing systems. This was accomplished while retaining the attractive stone exterior.


  • Established study lounges and office/conference spaces available for group study sessions and special class needs

  • Afforded living facilities for full-time resident house director

  • Renovated kitchen, including “warming kitchen” for members so that meals can be taken together and food service operated efficiently

  • Installed suppression and alarm systems throughout the house to meet fire-safety requirements set forth by local government

  • Installed up-to-date and efficient heating, electrical, and plumbing systems

  • Installed data ports to all study rooms for broadband Internet and install wireless Internet throughout the chapter house where feasible

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