The 2015 House Refresh & Overhaul
...it started with an idea that grew - awesome!
In May 2015, with the continued progress of the Collegiate Chapter, a small group of alumni met with the House Corporation to discuss how we could update the house. Out of that meeting came an initiative that far surpassed anyone’s wildest dreams – it became known simply as the “House Refresh”. It started in June and completed in September, but most of the work was done before Fall Semester started, so it was ready for a new school year and Fall Rush.
The refresh updated almost everything in the house, but the highlights were: removal of all wallpaper, reconditioning walls, and a fresh coat of paint; installation of Hardieboard (replace drywall) in the upstairs hallways; removal of “popcorn” ceilings throughout the house with a fresh flat coat of paint; complete renovation of the men’s, women’s, and Commander’s bathrooms; complete gutting and renovation of the kitchen replacing cabinetry and countertops; update and added 2 new larger flat screen TVs for a total of 4; and then an overall refresh, repair, and update throughout trying to make the house more durable, but also keeping up with the times and the chapter. We used current money on deposit, we received some donations, and we received a couple of loans from alumni to make it all happen with the goal to not spend more than we had or would receive in rent this year. We had to table the upstairs common bathroom, except for cosmetic repairs, until next year due to time and funds.
A lot of things came together to make this happen, but 5 people should be recognized: Brent Myers (ΘΚ 295), Shane Ragan (ΘΚ 254), Bill Griffin (ΘΚ 25), Tony Fair (ΘΚ 9), and John Austin (ΘΚ 120). Shane for his leadership/wrestling issues as the House Corporation President; Tony & Bill for literally being there every day to make sure things happened or do it themselves; John for pushing us to take action and initiating the discussion; and Brent for managing the project, using his business & construction skills/connections, hiring contractors, overseeing as a General Contractor, and seeing it through to completion (at no charge). Brent literally was there every other weekend or week overseeing or checking on things – which is a tall order consider he lives in Cumming, GA and travels almost every week to build hotels around the SE.
Thank you to you five alumni and several other who will remain nameless. It was a great project and a tremendous success – the chapter responded in the Fall of 2015 with the largest, highest quality recruitment since 1987 (34 new men; 30 initiated; a record).