By Mark Rountree
STILLWATER, Okla. —
One year after opening a chapter, an Oklahoma State University sorority will have a new chapter house.
Alpha Omicron Pi announced Tuesday construction will begin this spring on a 19,400-square foot chapter house on the corner of Cleveland and Fourth Avenue.
The two-story structure will include 72 beds and be completed by the fall of 2014, sorority spokeswoman Ashley Chase said.
Chase said the entire cost of the $5.6 million house is being paid for by the sorority’s national office in Brentwood, Tenn.
“This is really going to help with recruitment,” said Chase. “Having our own house will open up a lot more opportunities for us with communication and the activities that we have.”
Approximately 50 members of the 100-member sorority are living on the 12th floor of Drummond Hall, Chase said.
The announcement comes on the one-year anniversary of the sorority opening a chapter on the OSU campus.
Chapter members learned the specifics of the new house during a meeting Tuesday night at the site of the future construction.
Lambert Construction of Stillwater will do the construction. Krittenbrink Architecture of Norman is designing the house.
Nine residential homes at Cleveland and Fourth have been purchased by the Alpha Omicron Pi Corp., for the purposes of clearing the land for the construction of the new sorority house.
Chapter adviser Julie Lambert said actual groundbreaking is projected to be in May.