Alpha Gamma Delta – Indiana University
Bloomington, Indiana

Challenges
The house presented like a post-modern, institutional building with few amenities. There were also safety concerns with the exits.

Solutions
Krittenbrink changed the front facade to better reflect AGD culture. The firm raised the roof, which helped traffic flow and changed the exits to the buildings, as well as added bedrooms and bathrooms. Finally, the firm expanded the dining space and added a new kitchen.

 


 

Alpha Gamma Delta – University of Central Oklahoma
Edmond, Oklahoma

Challenges
The sorority house had municipal and historical requirements based on its location in a residential historical neighborhood but was in need of renovation. There was significant interior deterioration, including asbestos from its original construction.

Solutions
Krittenbrink worked with the client to create a sophisticated, unpretentious new construction design that was acceptable to the municipal authorities building codes in the area.

 


 

Alpha Omicron Pi- Florida State University
Tallahassee, Florida

Challenges
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).

Solutions
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.

 


 

Alpha Omicron Pi – University of Oklahoma
Norman, Oklahoma

Challenges
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.

Solutions
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.

 


 

Alpha Omicron Pi – Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, Oklahoma 

Challenges
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.

Solutions
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. The firm created a group bathroom to accommodate the budget and square-foot restrictions, as well as to meet the standards of the OSU Greek community. A large, two-story foyer with stairs allowed for a welcoming presentation during recruitment.

 


 

Alpha Omicron Pi – Purdue University
West Lafayette, Indiana

Challenges
A limited site needed to provide adequate parking while meeting all City restrictions – green space, set back, lot coverage, etc. The house needed to express itself as traditional and accessible, while meeting the parking requirement.

Solutions

Create a partially submerged parking structure that addresses the parking requirements of the City.
Create a grade level entry that is welcoming and delivers the user to the “upper level” entry.
Create exterior living space on the parking deck that replaces the loss of a yard.

 


 

Alpha Omicron Pi – University of Washington
Seattle, Washington

Challenges
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.

Solutions
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.

 


 

Alpha Tau Omega – University of Oklahoma
Norman, Oklahoma

Challenges
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.

Solutions
Exterior architecture was designed to incorporate architectural elements and materials from the original ATO house. Flexible public room layout allowed smaller spaces to swell to accommodate 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.

 


 

Alpha Xi Delta – University of Wisconsin
Madison, Wisconsin

Challenges
The sorority’s building was 80 years old and had suffered the ravages of time due to poor building management. Prior renovations had created multiple levels within a 3-story building that no longer made sense for communication between floors, for traffic flow, or for safety.

Solutions
After securing approval for historical property renovation, Krittenbrink created a stair tower that united the floors, increased channels for traffic flow, and created safe exit. The firm stabilized the historic building’s exterior as well.

 


 

Chi Omega – University of Oklahoma
Norman, Oklahoma

Challenges
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.

Solutions
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.

 


 

Kappa Kappa Gamma – University of Oklahoma
Norman, Oklahoma

Challenges
No meeting space in the existing sorority house, limited opportunities for expansion on the existing site. Important to maintain integrity of the original architecture.

Solutions
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.

 


 

Lambda Chi Alpha – University of Oklahoma
Norman, Oklahoma

Challenges
Historical house across from campus was landlocked, out of compliance and impractical for modern living.  Interior floor plan was not up to code for 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.

Solution
Exterior architecture was refurbished; new additions were designed to blend seamlessly with existing architecture.  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.

 


 

Phi Gamma Delta – University of Oklahoma
Norman, Oklahoma

Challenges
Develop a new, state-of-the-art fraternity house that meets the current expectations of the fraternity and create tax incentives for the donor.  Create an architecture that reflects the architecture of the original Fiji home at the University of Oklahoma.

Solutions
Created architecture reflective of the original fraternity.  Used maintenance free materials to replicate original design details.  Designed the interior space to resemble a gentlemen’s club and included all the current technologies.