Gamma Nu Renovation
Gmma Nu Chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma at the University of Arkansas Gmma Nu Chapter of Kappa Kappa Gamma at the University of Arkansas

Gamma Nu House Project FAQs

1. How does the new house compare to the old house in size?

The old house has approx 31,000 sq feet. The new house will have approx 41,000 sq feet.


2. Why are we building such a large project?

The current house was built to accommodate a total chapter size of 75. Our current chapter size is over 300. The immediate structural improvements that are needed at the house (new wiring, plumbing, and HVAC) are extensive yet do not address the problem of general overcrowding. The house board felt the time was right to take this step and provide a facility that ensures the future of Gamma Nu.

3. With such a large chapter, are we building a house that will sleep more girls?
With limited land available to enlarge the footprint of our house, the focus of this new structure will be providing bigger common spaces (chapter room, dining room, living areas) that can accommodate a large chapter of housed as well as un-housed girls. Along with the enlarged common spaces, the house will now sleep 92 members comfortably and safely. The current house was originally built to comfortably sleep 75.

 

4. How does our house compare to others on the U of A campus?
All 8 sororities on campus are housed and sleep from 65 – 87 girls. The newest sorority on campus, Alpha Omicron Pi, built a brand new house on W. Maple two years ago. The majority of the other chapter houses are similar in age and structural need as Gamma Nu. We will be the first house on campus to invest in our chapter in such a significant way.


5. What about bathrooms and other amenities?
The number of showers and toilets will increase by 20%. The number of sinks will increase by 50%. There will be a laundry room on each of the sleeping floors as well as the addition of bathroom facilities on the basement level.

6. What does it cost to live in the Kappa house? Will that increase with new house?
The cost to live in the house is more economical than a U of A Dorm. The house bill is expected to increase slightly each year to keep up with cost of living increases but will remain in the same cost range a UA dorm.

In house bill (room, board, house fees): $6,290/yr
U of A Dorm cost (Reid hall room, board): $7384/yr

7. What is the cost of the project and how do we plan to pay for it?
The estimated cost of the project is $7,000,000. The campaign will raise a minimum of $3,000,000 tax deductible dollars toward our total project cost. Donations to the project will be made to the Kappa Kappa Gamma Foundation and earmarked "Gamma Nu" for our project. The remainder will be obtained through a mortgage loan.

8. How long can we take to pay our pledges?
The pledges can be spread out over a 5 year period.

9. How long will the project take and what will the girls do during that time period?
The project is expected to take 15 months. During the 2012 – 2013 school year, any chapter members who choose to do so, will have the option to live as a group in one building of The Grove, a brand new apartment complex in Fayetteville. The building has 96 fully furnished 3-bedroom apartments available for our use. A second building is also available if needed. As always, some members may choose to live elsewhere, but the option to live 'as a group' in this apartment complex is something the House Board felt was important for the chapter during this year.