The site to build the sorority house was very steep. The house was also to accommodate 72 residents, but provide dining for 250 members (part of the university meal-plan requirement).
We built up on the structure instead of out. The results in this brick Colonial-style house are stunning. The residents love the view from the dining room of the hills of Tallahassee.
Plumbing in classic sorority house was antiquated. Restrooms were unattractive, dysfunctional and inadequate for members and guests. Ceilings were low. Transitions at threshold were awkward. House lacked any space to expand.
New systems were installed to allow lowering of floors and raising of ceilings. Plumbing was reconfigured to improve traffic flow. New millwork allowed separation of functions; i.e., makeup tables versus vanities with sinks. All finishes – tile, vanity tops, storage units – were replaced and modernized. Lighting was replaced with more attractive, functional and energy-efficient fixtures.
No meeting space in the existing sorority house, limited opportunities for expansion on the existing site. Important to maintain integrity of the original architecture.
Constructed a new 3,600-square-foot meeting center adjacent to the existing house with a meeting hall, large restrooms and catering facilities. Interior and exterior were designed to complement the look and style of the main house.
Fraternity was returning to campus after an absence. House needed to embrace the future but reflect the previous house's unconventional Greek architecture. Lot size was limited, with a one bed- to one parking space-ratio. A small building footprint required a flexible floor plan to meet in-house and out-of-house needs. A suite approach to residential rooms was desired.
Exterior architecture was designed to incorporate architectural elements and materials from the original ATO house. Flexible public room layout allowed smaller spaces to swell toaccommodate larger membership as required. A four-man suite design delivered a private resident experience while maintaining a feeling of community. Interior materials were selected based on quality and durability.
Historical house across from campus was landlocked, out of compliance and impractical for modern living. Existing architecture was defined, and any addition would need to be cohesive. Interior circulation was not up to code or fire regulations, with dead-end corridors and no direct access to stairways. Interior spaces were dated, with surface-applied conduit and cable, and interior finishes were worn. Some rooms were abandoned. Existing bathrooms were antiquated, with limited fixtures and unsafe conditions.
House orientation to campus was enhanced by removing brick walls and emphasizing the main entry. Exterior architecture was refurbished; new additions were designed to blend seamlessly with existing architecture. Structure was made code- and ADA-compliant. Corridors were opened to run continuously from stair to stair, enhancing life safety. Existing rooms were repurposed with a focus on function and interior circulation/architecture. Kitchen was remodeled to remove all food service functions from the dining area and create a formal dining room presentation. Resident rooms were redefined to increase bed count and functionality. Public and private rooms also were redefined, resulting in a 48-percent tax credit.
Former fraternity house was purchased by a sorority. House lacked elements traditionally associated with Greek housing. Two-story front room had concrete block walls and was used as a gym by the fraternity.
Recreated the existing space, transformed the entry into a grand hall with stairs leading to a new second floor. New upstairs featured a photo/historical gallery to encourage circulation through the space, as well as a new chapter room. Finished out the first floor with walls to create formal and informal living areas.
Develop a new, state-of-the-art Greek housing facility that would meet the current expectations of the user group and create tax incentives for the donor. Utilize exterior architecture to pay allegiance to the original Phi Gamma Delta house; create interiors to reflect an elegant, but masculine, experience.
Working with archival photographs, created a new fraternity house reflective of the style of the original house on Boyd Street. Details were revised to allow the use of modern, maintenance-free materials when replicating old design elements. Modern site amenities were incorporated to allow for accessibility, sports and brotherhood.
Interior public space was designed to resemble a gentlemen's club through the use of durable (it is a fraternity) and timely materials. Private rooms were treated as suites, with a separation of study and sleeping areas. Room design was diverse, offering a variety of room sizes and a senior's wing with individual baths.
House went off campus in 1996 and was serving as a rooming house. Physical structure was run down and isolated from the university campus. Property included six non-connected floors/levels after two previous additions, with inadequate and dated plumbing facilities.
House and front entry were reoriented to face the university campus. Exterior architecture was redesigned to reflect the interests of AOII and blend with the traditional Greek community housing. Levels were opened and connected to improve communication and flow. A new tower was created to house all-new plumbing. Interiors were totally renovated, updated and styled.
AOII had not previously been on campus and was colonizing without campus experience. No alumni/donor base required an efficient, economical design, yet one that would be competitive on campus. One bed per one parking spot requirement made lot acquisition tricky, as a certain land mass was required. This utilized a disproportionate amount of project budget. House not only needed to accommodate residents, but also all active membership for special events.
After several lot analyses, a parcel of land was put together that provided adequate size without oversize. Public areas were designed to flow openly from one to another, so as to allow for increased capacity where all actives were on site. A group bathroom approach was used so as to accommodate budget, and square foot restriction, and meet the standards of OSU Greek community. A large two-story foyer, with stair, was designed as it allows for a welcoming presentation during recruitment. Large resident rooms allow for maximization of square footage.