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Are you considering a renovation in the next 12-24 months?
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Great planning and great partners can mean that the additions made to your chapter house can look like they were always built that way!

While brand-new buildings are wonderful, we know it is expensive and time-consuming to create new chapter houses from the ground up, and sometimes building your next house from "scratch" is just not feasible.

Erin Rosas and Shawn Lorg from Krittenbrink Architecture in Norman, OK know about these building-from-scratch challenges, which is why their topic at this year's MJ Forum Conference was about Phased Construction.

In case you missed their talk, here are a few tips that we’ve learned that we consider “best practices” on the topic:

  • Make the Outside Entrance Attractive

Competing for pledges is hard work and having a good-looking sorority house exterior makes an important first impression on new recruits. If you are planning a phased construction project and your outside needs some tender loving care, consider making the exterior renovation #1 on your list.

  • Baths vs. Living Spaces

What’s the next most important consideration for timing for the renovation? We find that it’s a “toss-up” between bathroom renovations and downstairs living and entry areas. Women who visit your houses want to see both areas. Can they envision themselves living in your house and enjoying these spaces?

  • Bedrooms as a Fundraising Strategy?

Bedrooms often become tired-looking (no pun intended!) and worn. When you get to this part of your wish list, ask your architect to maximize the benefits they can gain from designing these rooms with Educational Tax Deductions in mind. The more study space that’s officially designated, the more square- feet are considered in this fundraising strategy.

  • Multi-Use Spaces

Just like we see in individual family’s residences, designing for large common space for flexible use is popular and practical.

  • Name Your Dreams

When you are planning your multi-phased approach, tell you architect your hopes and desires and everything you could possibly envision wanting in the house for at least the next 10 years. One recent project Krittenbrink completed was 10 years long in 4 big phases, and there is still more work that may be done in the future!

  • Communicate, Communicate, Communicate

Ask for the moon and then work on a good place to begin with your Phase I. A great architect will want to make as many of your dreams as possible a reality, and they DEFINITELY do not want to have to re-do or tear out work whose construction order was poorly planned because of miscommunication. So, make your wish list and then communicate well with your building partners to come to the balance point between your ideal wish list and "what needs to happen when."

** Great planning and great partners can mean that the additions made to your chapter house
can look like they were always built that way!

Krittenbrink Architecture LLC Newest Intern
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Meet 

our

new

intern 

Arianna

Hawkins.

Arianna comes to us from Texas A&M College Station with an undergraduate degree in Environmental Design and Architecture. Hawkins spent a year with Merriman Anderson Architects of Dallas specializing in historical preservation and has worked on several historic projects in Dallas. Hawkins is in her final year at The University of Oklahoma and will be earning her Masters of Architecture degree.

At Krittenbrink Architecture, Hawkins is honing her architectural planning/development skills on project documents for new construction and renovation, submittal reviews, and coordination. Whenever possible, she is always happy to jump in and learn.

Hawkins enjoys bike riding, traveling, rock climbing and coffee drinking. When it comes to architecture she loves getting out in the field and looking at old buildings. One of Hawkins favorite projects was the Ambassador Hotel in Dallas, TX. She said “It was old, haunted, full of mystery and mold. Just a fun building to field verify and work on during my time in Dallas.”

Hawkins is certified in LEED GA and Building Energy Modeling for BIM. After graduation she hopes to continue to work in historical preservation, her passion. She states her philosophy as, “The most sustainable building is the one already standing.”

OU Law Inasmuch Foundation Coloaborative Learning Center

In the fall of 2015 we were selected as the Architecture Firm to design the new Collaborative Learning Center. It was a nice surprise to have been selected as the cover and be featured in the OU Law Magazine "Sooner Lawyer".  Our talented team lead by Shawn Lorg, VP/Director of Design, created an animation of the project. We hope you enjoy it!

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Krittenbrink Architecture hires new Director of Strategic Partnerships

NORMAN, Oklahoma - It is with great pleasure to announce a new team member to the Krittenbrink Architecture family. 

Veronica Luna Kentish will serve in a new role for Krittenbrink Architecture as the Director of Strategic Partnerships. Veronica received a Bachelor Degree in Speech Communication from California State University, Long Beach and a Masters in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University. She has been working in the Greek Housing field for the last 6 years. 

Her talents and skills in interpersonal communication, servant leadership, event planning, public speaking, and customer service along with being an expert in Greek housing makes her an incredible addition to the team. 

This new addition will bring opportunities for growth in the business that accentuate its goals and values. As Director of Strategic Partnerships Kentish helps to lead, drive, and develop relationships with new business partners who also strive to serve the community. 

The goal in mind is to be able to effectively keep all partnerships running successfully and developing to their greatest potential by influencing professional administration. Krittenbrink Architecture does a fantastic job staying on the same page as their clients, partners, and team members and this new role will solidify this characteristic.

Krittenbrink Architecture LLC is an architecture firm based out of Norman, Oklahoma established in 1996. Krittenbrink Architecture LLC is an expert in Historical, Greek Housing, Commercial, Institutional, Residential and Multifamily Residential projects offering services in Architecture, Interior Design along with Master Planning, Development Planning, Zoning and appeals.