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The Fraternity Village is replacing outdated structures along Pell Avenue to house the University’s Greek men’s organizations.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.