LSU Fraternity gets approval to demolish house and rebuild

The Kappa Sigma Fraternity at LSU has received some important news. Officials on campus have given the approval to demolish the current fraternity house on Dalrymple Drive, which was officially deemed uninhabitable in August 2015. An inspection of the house done earlier in the year confirmed what many alumni already knew, which was that their house, built in the 1930’s, suffered from unsustainable foundation and structural damage. Demolition will begin within the next four weeks and should take approximately five to six weeks to complete. Once the remaining funds are raised, construction on the new house will begin.

Kappa Sigma selected Milton J. Womack Contractors and the architectural firm of Bani, Carville & Brown to construct the new facility. This 22,000 square foot house will be large enough to house 52 men and will take approximately 18 months to complete. The House Steering Commission, which was formed in 2013 and consists of alumni of all ages, is on track to raise the $7 million that is needed to complete the project. “While we still have some work left to do, the finish line is near. We are appreciative of the ongoing support of LSU, and we are grateful for the unwavering dedication from our alumni,” stated Mike Busada, Co-Chairman of the House Steering Commission.

In conjunction with The Bautsch Grunewald Group, the Steering Commission has currently raised $5.3 million and strongly believes that remaining funds will be collected in the next few months. “Over 700 alumni have donated to the campaign, which underscores the importance of the fraternity and the dire need for a new home on LSU’s campus. We all want to ensure that our legacy and presence remain strong at LSU. I have no doubt that we will reach our goal, and I encourage all alumni to join us in completing this project,” states Fundraising Committee Co-Chairman Billy Harrison.

Currently, the members of Kappa Sig Fraternity are leasing the Acacia house on West Lakeshore Drive. The actives are excited about the progress that has been made with the campaign and are anxious for construction to begin. Even though their house was closed during rush, the fraternity was still very successful in recruiting 47 new members in the Fall of 2015. The undergraduates have contributed $200,000 to the campaign.

The Gamma Chapter of Kappa Sigma was chartered at LSU in 1869. The chapter prides itself in developing and encouraging leadership and service. Kappa Sigma has produced a record number of LSU Student Government Presidents, including current President, Andrew Mahtook.