BATON ROUGE — Kappa Sigma fraternity will build a new $6 million, 23,000-square-foot house on LSU’s campus.
The Advocate reports the LSU Board of Supervisors agreed to plans for the three-story fraternity house, which will replace the existing Kappa Sigma house. It will be paid for entirely by the fraternity, but the LSU board had to approve the fraternity house design because it will be located on campus.
The current house is about 77 years old and was one of the first built on LSU’s campus.
“We’ve got a house that’s falling down around our ears,” Chip Weimar, head of the fraternity chapter’s housing corporation, told the LSU board.
The fraternity is in the fundraising stages and has collected about $2 million, Weimar said.
The new house will sleep 52 students, plus a house mother.
All living quarters will be on the upper two floors, with the bottom floor designated as public spaces — including a large recreational room that will have a slab floor and concrete walls.
“It will take a hose-out well,” Weimar joked.
Kappa Sigma plans to start construction this summer, and the goal is to have the new fraternity house open by summer 2016.
Weimar said there is no current plan for what Kappa Sigma members will do for communal space or living quarters during the construction period, but the chapter is working with the university to identify options for on-campus housing.
“As we speak today, we don’t have anything nailed down,” he said.
Members of the LSU board praised the renderings of the project during Friday’s meeting.
The stately red brick structure will have prominent white columns with a balcony and portico.