Below is an email from Alumni Association President Matt Edwards describing the renovations in more detail:
As you might know, our beloved Fraternity House was built in 1940 (I believe). It was also significantly renovated around 1990. Over the course of the last 10 years, we have done a great deal of work to the downstairs, outside, and roof of the property, but had never properly addressed the living quarters.
To say the living quarters were in bad shape is a real understatement. Despite the Alumni Association’s best efforts to keep everything under mntce, there were many things that didn’t work, or barely worked. Mntce couldn’t fix them. Light repairs couldn’t keep them functional. The House had become a real liability, as compared to many of our competing Fraternities.
So, we embarked at the beginning of last fall on an effort to renovate the living quarters over the course of this summer. Thru the great work of some people listed below, we should be complete by 8/15!
First, I want to thank brother Martin Steineker. I reached out to Martin almost a year ago asking for help, on who could pull off a renovation like this in a timeframe of 14 weeks. Martin had two ideas, but settled on one, and we toured the house with the Macallan Group in October, formulating plans. Thanks, Martin…I wouldn’t have found Macallan without you.
Second, I want to thank Macallan Group (www.macallangroup.com), our General Contractor. They’ve been nothing short of fabulous through this process.
Third, I really should thank lady luck. I had already agreed to use Macallan when they happened to hire another Georgia Delta brother, Stewart Evans (who is a pledge class before Martin). Stewart and I have also known each other for 20+ years, and he took the bull by the horns on this deal, right when he started at Macallan on Dec 1. I had very little time to deal with the minutiae of this project, and having a fellow brother take the reigns and know what we needed better than me, was instrumental. Thanks much, Stewart. It has been a pleasure to work with you and your team.
Fourth, Jonathan Hawkins, who performed all the legal work on the closing at a very, very little cost. Hawkins comes thru again for PDT.
Fifth, Jim Borders. 10 years ago, when we started renovating the downstairs, we asked Jim if he knew an interior designer that would consider working on a fraternity. He gave us a recommendation, and we’ve used Paige Harris at Studio Abode ever since. Having someone to pick out every single finish was a must, and she’s been a huge help.
Sixth, Michael Sterling (Undergraduate President) and Marco Ricci (Undergraduate House Manager). These two guys have worked extremely hard helping make decisions throughout the renovation on the best way to do X and Y, and have had to coordinate 30+ brothers being kicked out of their planned summer living environment as well as properly removing a significant amount of PDT memorabilia out of the house. Well done, guys.
Last, I want to thank George D. Warthen Bank in Sandersville, GA. It’s not the easiest thing in the world to ask a bank for $500K+, when you’re a Fraternity House with the only source of income being dues paid to the Alumni Association from the Active Chapter…and that is assuming they stay active and can afford to pay the Alumni Association rent. That said, we are very fortunate to own our Property, and certainly the land value itself made the deal make sense. Regardless, I greatly appreciate Jennifer Wright (who might happen to be my sister, and also married to a Georgia Delta, Brian Wright) and her team for coming thru for the Alumni Association. Thanks, sis.
So, come two weeks from today, we will have completed a $600K upgrade to the property. I will be honest, though…to the casual person walking in on a gameday Saturday, you aren’t going to notice a major change. That said, to the 38 brothers that live in the house and to the 70+ active members who use it on a daily basis, it is a huge improvement. Some of the things we’ve done.
- New HVAC throughout the upstairs
- Completely new bathrooms
- New Sprinkler System throughout the house
- New loft structures built in each room
- New FRP for the walls in the upstairs hallway
- New LVT flooring in the upstairs hallway and rooms
- New closet/shelving system designed specifically for each room
- New Ethernet throughout, and Video surveillance for outside
- New surround sound system in the Alumni Room
- Multiple structural improvements behind the walls, both inside and outside
- Multiple plumbing & electrical improvements
- New siding in a few problem areas
- New windows throughout the upstairs
- New doors
- New 24hr kitchen
- New paint on every inch of the interior
- and a bunch of other stuff that I can’t remember right now
As this project winds down, and we’re able to share quality before/after, we’ll do that. The pics won’t do it justice, though, so I’ll also be sure to remind you to come stop by during the football season to check out the new upstairs and reminisce on what it was like when you lived here. We love alums stopping by, on gameday or anytime at all. Our doors are always open to you.
Thanks again to all of those who’ve been such a help on this project. Your efforts over the course of this past year, and in particular these last 14 weeks, have been so greatly appreciated. We’re glad to be nearing the finish line, and especially glad to have a House that we can continue to be proud of, both from a physical perspective and from the fine young men they continue to produce.
President, Alumni Association
Phi Delta Theta, Georgia Delta