For more than 160 years, Fraternity and Sorority Life has, and continues to have, a significant impact on the DePauw University community.
Today, just under seventy percent of DePauw’s students are affiliated with a Greek-letter organization. Members of its fraternity and sorority community are leaders in many distinctive honors programs, athletic teams and various organizations and clubs on campus. DePauw’s fraternities and sororities on campus are comprised of twenty-five organizations, and its Greek community is unique, distinctive and historical. In fact, DePauw is proud to have both Alpha Chi Omega and Kappa Alpha Theta founded on campus.
With its strong Greek legacy and prominence on campus, CJ Johnston, Chapter Advisory Board Chair of Phi Delta Theta, says that when the fraternity needed renovations to their 90-year-old facility, they sought out a contractor who understood the unique aspects of working with a Greek organization, which often includes working within tight deadlines (often during summer months when students are not living on campus), and blending new systems into historical structures.
CF Jones Construction’s past work with Phi Delta Theta has included remodeling rooms, adding a new roof, and enhancing the facility’s safety systems which involved retrofitting a new sprinkler system and integrating new fire alarms.
Statistics reveal that property losses are 85% less in residences with fire sprinklers compared to those without sprinklers and early warning systems. Phi Delta Theta’s award-winning safety systems are something that the fraternity was particularly pleased to install.
Not only is DePauw’s Greek housing subject to the same standards as any other student housing on campus, says Johnston, but as a steward of a facility that houses young men, there’s nothing more important than maintaining safety standards.
Johnston added, “If you’re not modernizing and keeping Greek housing safe and up-to-date, you won’t be as competitive in attracting and retaining new members.”
CF Jones Construction’s unique Facility Feasibility Study offers Greek organizations with a fixed cost program for their National Housing Corporations and Local Housing Boards that provides detailed counsel and defines the scope of a housing project.
“When we sought out a general contractor we not only aimed to find a firm that understood the unique challenges that come with historical facilities, but one that had the patience to work with a Greek organization and a volunteer Board,” said Johnston.”CF Jones earned our confidence and trust, which is why we’ll continue to choose them for all of our future project work.”