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

Challenges, Plans and Solutions

As the University‘s enrollment has grown, so have Panhellenic and the Greek system. Our recruitment quota has increased significantly over the years as the number of young women participating has grown. Gamma Nu now boasts a membership of more than 300 and is the largest Kappa chapter in the country.

Extensive research was conducted by the Gamma Nu House Board to determine how to find solutions for a chapter that has long since outgrown its aging and outdated house. Our first step was to purchase the lot behind our chapter house in anticipation of the much-needed expansion. SCM Architects, PLLC of Little Rock was then hired in 2007 to develop plans to accommodate the changing needs of our large membership.

• Aging and outdated wiring, HVAC and plumbing are in constant need of repair and grereplacement.
• Kitchen is outdated and inadequate to prepare meals for 200+ on a regular basis.
• Dining room space is insufficient to seat our large membership.
• Limited public areas provide insufficient meeting places for the two-thirds of the chapter who
   live outside the house.
• A chapter room built for 75 is totally inadequate for 300 members. Currently we are renting a
   space on campus for chapter meetings.
• Bedroom and bathroom facilities are outdated and inadequate.
• Limited education and study space has insufficient lighting and unreliable Internet access.

Our renovation plan addresses all these challenges in a comprehensive, cohesive manner. We will incorporate state-of-the-art-systems throughout the house and increase the overall size by 10,000 square feet allowing for significantly larger meeting, study and living areas. The new total square footage for the Gamma Nu house will be 41,000.

Every effort has been made to combine the standard of gracious living with a house that meets the educational and social needs of young women in the 21st century. Our landmark Greek Revival structure will retain its charm while adding essential new space.

Construction will begin immediately after graduation in May of 2012 with a planned completion of August 2013. We currently are working with University housing officials on alternative housing options for Gamma Nu members during the year of construction.