Construction Progress

We send a big thank you out to all of the alumni that have helped in making this project a reality.  This page will chronicle the progress of the project through pictures and videos of project.  We still need donations to make the entire vision a reality.  Please reach out to your brothers and help us push this project to the end.  If you have not yet contributed and wish to do so, or wish to increase your donation, please fill out the online pledge form by clicking this link.

I will be updating this page weekly until the project is complete so check back often for updates!

Nathaniel Kemmer ’03 – Website Administrator and Secretary

May 13th, 2014

The house is cleaned out and ready for demolition.  The undergrads and our Alumni Board Property Manager Eric Van Gorp ’01 have worked hard to get the everything out of the house and placed in storage units in the parking lot.  








A comment from the undergrads in reference to the picture above:

Undoubtedly the most awesome experience of moving everything out of the house was unearthing the rich history of Phi Kappa Theta. While removing material from a crawl space over the president’s room, members discovered numerous picture albums and log books dating all the way back to the late 1920s. Ben Neuzil (on right) and Alex Corbin are shown looking at a photo album from the 1970s.”

Thanks for your commitment to Iowa Xi!

May 28th, 2014

Demolition and asbestos abatement are mostly done.  There was more water damage uncovered between the second floor bathroom and pool room.  There were also some wiring issues that were found in the kitchen.  The building committee finalized the order for the windows and approved change orders to fix the damage.

June 7th, 2014

With the demolition complete, the HVAC contractors have started roughing in the new ducting for the 4 HVAC systems that will be installed.  There was more work done in the boiler room and basement bathroom to install a new floor drain in the boiler room.  The new plumbing stack is also being installed and is complete to the main floor.

Videos and pictures will be posted shortly.

June 15th, 2014

This weeks progress has been great!  The new sprinkler main is in and the pipe fitters will be starting soon.  HVAC ducting continues to go in and the reconstruction of the water damage under the 2nd floor bathroom is underway.  Thanks to Paul Peterson ’01, Greg Stein ’72, and Patrick Ahern ’15 for the pictures this week.

 June 22nd, 2014

This week’s progress was amazing and instead of pictures, I bring you video!  The framers have kicked it into high-gear to help us make up time due to the reframing needed under the 2nd and 3rd floor bathrooms.  The added cost for this was close to $38,000 and was approved by the building committee last week.  We also approved a handful of other change orders to keep the project on track.  I am posting a few videos below showing the reframing so you can get a full grasp of the damage and repairs.  This was causing most of the unevenness in the floors on that end of the 2nd and 3rd floors. The reframing has fixed that unevenness almost entirely!

Intro Video

Full Video

Main Floor Walkthrough

July 10th, 2014

Brothers, my apologies for not posting an update sooner.  The progress at the house is amazing.  Paul Peterson ’01 stopped by the house tonight and took the following pictures.  The windows, HVAC and framing is almost done.  The sprinkler company is making great progress and the plumbing rough-in is ready as well.

August 3rd, 2014

Sorry for the delay in getting the pictures uploaded.  I have been building new wardrobe units and desks for the house.  The project is starting to wrap up.  The drywall workers are working on capping up main floor, the tapers are mudding second floor and the painters are working on third floor.  The AC units are cranking out cold air and the bathrooms are really taking shape.  I finished up the counter tops for those today.  Can’t wait to see everyone at the golf outing next weekend.

October 5th, 2014

The boys are all moved back in and most of the final touches are finished up.  We hope you can join us for the unveiling during homecoming!