<![CDATA[Revitalize Chi Upsilon - House Renovation Updates and Photos]]>Tue, 17 Oct 2017 20:36:42 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[The Home Stretch]]>Mon, 08 May 2017 19:31:03 GMThttp://uchicagofiji.org/1/post/2017/05/the-home-stretch.htmlWe're almost there! The first floor and the basement are nearing completion. With the tile laid in the dining room, kitchen, and bathroom on the first floor, the kitchen cabinets were able to get installed and the wood panelling is going up.
The library is in the process of getting the wood floors installed, which will be followed by the bookcases and fine carpentry. When all this is finished, the first floor will retain all its historical elements and even have them expanded throughout the floor. 

The brothers are especially looking forward to the basement. They have already held meetings in the Chapter Room, which can accommodate over 70 brothers comfortably. The basement bathrooms are being tiled, the laundry machines have been installed, and the flooring is being laid. Soon, the undergraduates will have access to a much improved and expanded facility.
The graduate board commends the brothers on their patience and persistence during this process, and we greatly appreciate the strength that the Chapter has shown during this project. We are all very happy that we will be finished with the interior construction of the House by Pig Dinner. We hope to see many of you there, and we look forward to sharing the House with all the Fiji brothers at the University of Chicago.
<![CDATA[Building the First floor and Basement]]>Tue, 07 Mar 2017 18:01:59 GMThttp://uchicagofiji.org/1/post/2017/03/building-the-first-floor-and-basement.htmlNow that the work upstairs is complete and the brothers have moved in, we have been focusing on completing the main levels of the House. This is where the beauty of the newly refurbished House will truly shine. There was a bit of a delay between the completion of the upper floors and the lower ones due to the city's approval process, but we have managed to get everything framed and covered in drywall.
From the pictures, it's obvious that there is still a bit of a mess. However, this week, everything will be cleaned out and the tile will begin to be laid throughout the kitchen, dining room, and foyer. Then, the parlor room and library will get their flooring. As soon as that is done, we will proceed to finish the woodwork around the walls. When it is complete, it will be a masterpiece. 

Though not as ornate, but no less exciting, the basement will come next. It will get a beautiful and durable vinyl tile. The two new bathrooms, laundry room, office, and chapter room, along with the enlarged multipurpose space, will help the basement serve as the most prominent social space in the House. The Chapter room, being name in honor of brother Jim Vice, is quite possibly the most stunning feature. Enlarged to accommodate the much more populous Chapter, it will be a wonderful place for ritual, and will feature prominently in the minds of brothers for years to come.

We are doing are best to get this project complete so the brothers can have the chance to enjoy all the new features of the House. We hope that all of you will be able to do the same. 
<![CDATA[Moving Day!]]>Mon, 02 Jan 2017 15:43:12 GMThttp://uchicagofiji.org/1/post/2017/01/moving-day.html
The moment had finally arrived. As the undergraduates stepped into their new House for the first time, they could tell that there was plenty of work yet to be done. But that did not matter to them. What mattered was that this was there House again, a place they could finally call home. Over half the fraternity showed up on that cold, morning of January 2nd, 2017 to help move 25 bedroom sets of furniture, and their excitement was palpable. There were a handful of graduates helping who shared their enthusiasm. Even as the rain began to pour and the couches and beds grew heavier in their weary arms, the young men's energy did not diminish. 
It was a hard day of work, but all of the labor was worthwhile. Just like the Revitalize Chi Upsilon campaign. We should take pride in the fact that our chapter lives in the House that we called home, central to campus, in the home of one of the University of Chicago's greatest professors. Now, we will be able to say that they have one of the finest accommodations on campus.
We have come a long way in this project, and the Chapter and the House have changed quite a bit through out the years. There have been ups and downs, and in the House's case, many more downs in recent years. We are finally restoring our once proud House to its former glory. In fact, it will be far better and more functional as a Fraternity House in its new form. As you can tell from some of the pictures above, though, we are not yet finished.

We need our graduate's support to complete this project. We have less than a quarter of a million dollars to complete our fundraising goal, and we have just over 100 brothers who have given to the campaign. That means there are still more than 700 brothers who have the ability to make a meaningful contribution to a project that was so important. The Chapter is a reflection of the character of those who built and maintained it. So, if we want to have undergraduate brothers who care about the House and live the ideals of Phi Gamma Delta, then we too must do so. The best way to show this is to support Revitalize Chi Upsilon.
We cannot finish this project without all of your help. A new era is just beginning in the Chapter. It is up to us to decide if we want to help make it the best fraternity it can be or ignore it and let it rot and decay. Let's make the right choice.
<![CDATA[Finishing up the rooms]]>Tue, 20 Dec 2016 19:57:54 GMThttp://uchicagofiji.org/1/post/2016/12/finishing-up-the-rooms.htmlOur team is working at full speed to finish the upstairs of the House so that the undergraduates can move in by the beginning of Winter Quarter. Work has been moving well, despite subzero temperatures and icy streets. On the third floor, the rooms have received their first coat of paint and the moldings have been primed. Before the end of the week, every room should be complete, with only the vents, lights, and electrical fixtures needing to be installed for a truly finished room.
All the floors have been stained, as well as the upper stairs. The last of the molding and casings have been put in, and they are beautiful. A cool design was added into the door casings that is pretty impressive.
The walls and showers of the second floor bathroom have been tiled and the floors are being finished up. Then, they will move to the third floor to finish the three shared, suite style bathrooms.
The back porch is almost complete, and soon the french doors will be installed on the first floor. This is looking more amazing everyday. We look forward to showing each of you the completed product,
<![CDATA[We're Almost There!]]>Fri, 16 Dec 2016 20:43:32 GMThttp://uchicagofiji.org/1/post/2016/12/were-almost-there.htmlThe mill work is almost finished on the second and third floors. The wood floors have been fully laid and stained. Now all that is left is the painting and lights and the rooms will be complete.
The stairs are up between those two floors, and they will soon be finished between the first and second floor. The large communal bathroom is almost finished being tiled and the fixtures will soon be installed.

The rear fire escape will be completed next week, and soon the House will be ready for move in. We are all looking forward to getting the undergrads in the renovated House.
<![CDATA[The Rooms are Taking Shape]]>Wed, 30 Nov 2016 22:37:43 GMThttp://uchicagofiji.org/1/post/2016/11/the-rooms-are-taking-shape.htmlThe House is coming to life. It is not quite there yet, but as you can see from the pictures, the rooms look like real living spaces.
Here is the room that was once part of the Pig Pen, at the southwest corner of the second floor, although I'm sure it went by many names in its life. The walls have been put up and puttied, the wood floors have been installed, and soon the fine carpentry will begin. Other rooms on the second floor will soon follow its lead. Below is a picture of the large bathroom on the second floor, which will begin tiling soon.
As soon as the floors are laid on the second level, the third will begin. Below are some rooms on the third floor. In the distance in the second picture, you can see into the shared bathroom of the suite.
The basement floor is in the process of being dug out and will be relaid in the next few days. The floor will be perfectly level and even, and the basement will be fully finished soon enough. The days of mold and mushrooms in the basement are well behind us.
It is amazing to see the progress that has been made, and we plan to have advanced even further in the next week. We have been grateful for all the support that brothers have given. However, we still have a costs that we need to meet, and everyone's support is crucial to make this project a success. Please, if you have not yet donated, now is the time we need your help most. The undergrads are counting on you, their brothers, to help provide a good, safe Chapter House where they can begin to Revitalize Chi Upsilon. 
<![CDATA[Finishing the Mechanicals]]>Tue, 08 Nov 2016 01:18:28 GMThttp://uchicagofiji.org/1/post/2016/11/finishing-the-mechanicals.htmlThings have been progressing quite nicely at the Fiji House. We have passed the inspections for both the electrical and plumbing, and we will soon be ready to start closing up the walls. And the duct work is complete and just waiting for the inspectors to come. The days of sparking outlets, dripping ceilings, and freezing cold rooms are long gone!
On Friday, as soon as the inspections had passed, the insulation was sprayed in the walls. This will ensure that the rooms stay warm, the noise stays in, and the costs stay low. 
The windows are all finally fitted and installed, and the exterior linings will soon be competed. The exterior of the building is on its way to looking young again, and once the doors are finished being installed, it will look beautiful once again.
A mailing was recently sent to all the brothers, and we hope that everyone received it. If you did not get it, the gist of the message was this: the project is moving, but we still have not finished fundraising, and we need your help. It is up to all of our brothers to help complete this project. So, if you have yet to give, please do now. We are counting on you!
<![CDATA[Putting in the Guts]]>Tue, 11 Oct 2016 19:18:14 GMThttp://uchicagofiji.org/1/post/2016/10/putting-in-the-guts.html
It has taken quite awhile, but our House has finally gotten a face lift. With the new windows installed, things are looking far brighter. But the exterior is not the only place that has had major improvements. The mechanicals are all being installed very quickly. The majority of the rough electrical and plumbing has been installed on the second and third floors, and the duct work is almost totally complete.
The renovation is moving quickly, despite the delay from the city. We had a meeting with our neighbors on September 13th to discuss the original basement plans, and unfortunately, after contacting them, we reached an impasse. So, we are moving forward with the renovation in the existing footprint and will explore other options to increase space, such as an accessory building.

We thank everyone for their support of this project, but we have yet to reach our fundraising goal and complete this project. It is going to take even more support to ensure that we accomplish what we need to do. The undergraduates have been very helpful through this process and our greatly looking forward to living in the House once again. It is our responsibility as graduates to make sure that happens.
<![CDATA[The bedrooms are framed]]>Fri, 09 Sep 2016 21:12:45 GMThttp://uchicagofiji.org/1/post/2016/09/the-bedrooms-are-framed.htmlThings are moving very quickly on our House renovation project. At the beginning of the week the third level was completely framed and and the second level was still getting sub-flooring and just beginning to get framed. As of Friday, both the third and second levels are 95% complete. Going through the walls of studs, you no longer need to imagine the potential of the House because you can see it. 

Here are some photos of the third floor.
Here are some of the second floor.
Next week, framing will begin on the first floor and the basement. Then, by the middle of next week at the latest, the mechanical will begin. The plumbing, electrical, and heating ducts will all be installed over the next several weeks. Although I'm sure there are some brothers who cannot imagine our Fraternity House without leaking pipes and paper insulated wiring, transporting the House into the 21st century is exciting.

On Tuesday, September 13th, several graduates and undergrads will be meeting with the neighbors of the co-op to the north of our House facilitated by the alderman. We hope to have a productive meeting to discuss the basement expansion. We will continue to press this project on in a timely manner and ensure that we get an exceptional finished product. We thank everyone for their continued support in our efforts to revitalize Chi Upsilon.
<![CDATA[Framing has begun]]>Wed, 31 Aug 2016 19:43:23 GMThttp://uchicagofiji.org/1/post/2016/08/framing-has-begun.htmlOur Fraternity House is beginning to take shape. The first studs were being put in Wednesday. The back area of the third floor was already finished, and the walls gave a glimpse of the suite style living that will be available in the newly renovated upper level. 
On the second floor, the plywood is being laid to level the floors and create a smooth, flat surface.
It was a little jarring to see some of the joists on the second floor and third floor removed. They have to replace the joists where the main bathrooms were because they were too rotten to support the floors. While it was a bit disturbing to see giant holes in the floor of the house, it is another assurance that we could not wait any longer for this project. When everything is completed, we will have a safe, healthy, and beautiful House for our Chapter, undergraduates and graduates alike!