Spring 2017
Beta Theta Pi Rebuilds

“I think this new house will be a symbol of a new beginning for this chapter. Emphasizing educational spaces and team-building spaces will show what we are about.”  - Jeff Ruick, chapter president, Beta Theta Pi.

The Beta Theta Pi project, funded by the chapter’s alumni, began in July 2016 with the demolition of the old fraternity house, built in 1960.  After demolition the excavations and foundations were extended to support the structure of a new three-story fraternity house.  The design is intended to incorporate an architectural style matching the older building it will replace.  The new building floor consists of precast planking covered with topping slabs as opposed to traditional metal joists, deck and slabs in order to conform to height limitations within the University community.

Upon completion Beta Theta Pi will consist of approximately 25,000 square feet with traditional fraternity elements including a chapter room, multiple study rooms, dining and living room, a complete food service area and fifty resident living spaces for the fraternal members. The exterior plan includes forty convenient parking spaces surrounded by extensive landscaping treatments.

In all ways the goal of this project is to maintain the historical significance of the fraternity, which has been a presence at the Ohio State University since 1855, while bringing the focus onto the new standards and campaigns of the modern chapter. “This house will show what we are about,” Ruick said. “We are setting the standard for Greek housing. We are going to be setting the standard for what it means to be an excellent chapter on this campus.” We are looking at an August 2017 completion date, with members slated to be able to move for Fall Semester 2017.

Additional Information from: http://thelantern.com/2016/09/beta-theta-pi-fraternity-to-solidify-its-return-with-multimillion-dollar-house/

 

For more information contact:
Andrea Schmitt
614.457.6015

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