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Saint Paul Upgrades and Renovations (SPUR) Project
Anyone who has visited the house lately has seen the need for
significant renovations. Many alums have remarked that the house
"looks just like it did when I lived there...except older." The last
large-scale renovation was completed in the 60's, so everything from
the windows to the electrical system to the kitchen is showing its
age. Our once elegant chapter room is still charming, but somewhat
dated and worn around the edges.
Every year, members of the fraternity have painted, plastered, and
generally repaired the house during work week. Additionally, our
corporation has undertaken incremental upgrades, such as safety
improvement, re-roofing, and rebuilding the porch. But these efforts
can no longer keep pace with the scale of renovations which are
needed. The currently planned renovations are needed to restore the
property's visual appeal and bring the house up to current health and
safety codes. We know that ET offers students a great opportunity to
live in a caring environment, learn about trust and responsibility,
and make friendships that last a lifetime. But while these intangibles
are the real strength of the house, the physical structure is a
visible reflection of the fraternity.
History of the Chapter House |
Project summary |
Project timeline: Summer 2002
Architect: Gary Wolf Architects, Inc.
General Contractor: The Nelson Companies
Project Manager: Gordon Hughes
Site Supervisor: Jon Iddings
Estimated Costs: $700,000
- Interior work (electrical, kitchen, bathrooms, floors): $375,000
- Exterior work (foundation, windows, siding): $175,000
- Architect, general contractor, miscellaneous: $150,000
- Completely renovate the Chapter Room, including removing the
drop ceiling, replacing the walls with real wood panelling and
sheetrock, and restoring the fireplace.
- Restore front door frame and windows, including the leaded glass
window over the front door.
- Renovate, update and optimize the kitchen. Expand the kitchen to
include the area that is now Cook's Porch pending town approval.
- Replace interior wallboard and insulate the exterior walls to
greatly improve the energy efficiency of the house.
- Replace or refurbish deteriorating windows and restore storm
windows to increase energy efficiency and security.
- Replace parquet flooring with strip oak.
- Renovate Guest Head to make it handicap-accessible.
- Renovate Women's Head and optimize use of the space.
- Electrical, plumbing and lighting upgrades.
- Repair foundation where mortar is crumbling.