Troy University breaks ground on new fraternity village

Posted: Saturday, 21 November 2009

TROY, Ala.—Troy University Chancellor Jack Hawkins Jr. and other University leaders officially broke ground on its $8 million Fraternity Village project Saturday.

The Fraternity Village is replacing outdated structures along Pell Avenue to house the University’s Greek men’s organizations. As part of the project, seven fraternity houses will be built and leased from the University by each fraternity.

“Not only does it take a village to raise a child, it takes a village to support our Greek system,” Dr. Hawkins said. “This new village will reshape our Greek System forever, and I believe it will make us a stronger University.”

In all, seven 8,517 square-feet two-story houses will be built in a traditional neighborhood-styled development with classical forms used on the porches and roofline. While not all identical on the exterior, each house will follow similar floor plans with bedrooms, a chapter room, a social room and laundry facilities. The social rooms will be served by small warming kitchens.

The housing project, already under construction, will provide 24-bed capacities per house. A curved street will run behind the houses for access to houses and will provide parking for fraternity members, guests and staff. A front-side promenade walk will link the houses with Pell Avenue, a common green area and each other.

According to Dean of Students Herbert Reeves, the houses will be ready for occupancy for the Fall 2010 semester.

Whaley Construction of Troy is the project’s general contractor and McKee and Associates of Montgomery are the architects.

The project is being financed as part of the University’s 2009 bond issue that will also provide funding for a new dining facility and a multi-purpose arena.

Fraternity Village

Active members of the fraternity system join with Greek alumni and University officials to break ground on the new Troy University Fraternity Village on Saturday. From left to right are Zac Richardson and Woods Culpepper representing Lambda Chi Alpha, Ryan Hayden and Jim Orendorff representing Alpha Tau Omega, Judson Ricks and Dave Bush representing Farm House, Kirk Wascom and Alex Bishop representing Sigma Chi, Dr. Doug Hawkins, president pro tem of the Troy University Board of Trustees, Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr. Chancellor of Troy University, Even Kervin and John Ferguson representing Delta Chi, Brett Singletary and Todd Motes representing Pi Kappa Phi and Justin Thomley and Allen Head representing Sigma Alpha Epsilon. (TROY photo/Kevin Glackmeyer)