As you can see in the exterior rendering above, the façade of the new Gamma Iota Chapter house recalls the 1955 house with classic white brick, blue shutters, porch and balcony… as many of our alumnae and Deltas stated they wanted. A Memorial Garden is planned for the north part of the lawn, to remember our alumnae who have gone before.
Upon entering the front doors, the Foyer will open up to the Grand Staircase (see example at right) with its double stairways to the second floor. Large, elegant rooms are on either side of the Foyer, where sisters can enjoy one another or host guests. The spacious Dining Room will seat close to 300, making seated meals possible again for the Deltas, and it will be a wonderful space for chapter meetings. A Dining Porch on the south side of the room will provide outside seating. The first floor will also include updated rest rooms, a mail room, expanded kitchen and serving areas and a House Director’s suite.
The new Fishbowl (Study) will be a comfortable “hang space” for sisters to enjoy one another while relaxing. An updated Exec Suite with a conference room will be housed on the south side. Two Quiet Study spaces will be used for online exams. Thirteen bedrooms (all doubles), a President’s bedroom (single), bathrooms, storage and laundry complete the second floor.
The third floor will house a Computer Room for online classes or study, two Study Rooms, two additional Quiet Study spaces, 19 bedrooms, a guest room, the kitchenette and baths.
We anticipate that the total cost of this project will be approximately $9.5 million. Our financial analysis confirms that rents and parlor fees from the undergraduates will cover most of the cost over time, but we do need the participation of our alumnae to bring this vision to full reality. Consequently, we are pleased to announce the Building On Excellence campaign, in which we hope to raise approximately $1.5 million from our alumnae across the country.