To bring the Theta Chi fraternity house up to par with safety codes, the building will undergo major renovations or a possible rebuild within the next two years.
The construction is required to remain in accordance with a city of Madison ordinance which states that all Greek buildings must include sprinkler systems in every room and hallway by Jan. 1, 2014.
Since Theta Chi house does not currently have sprinkler systems up to code, some type of reconstruction must be done, according to President of the Theta Chi Housing Board John Graan.
Theta Chi President Jake Riederer said he thinks the city ordinance passed as a result of the fire that destroyed the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity house in 2008.
Plans for the Theta Chi house are still in the preliminary stages and no contractor has been hired for the rebuild yet, Riederer said.
The amount of funding the fraternity and their alumni can raise will determine if a new house will be built or if renovations will be made to the existing structure, according to Graan.
“There are alumni that manage the property and are trying to make sure that we provide a safe environment for the members of Theta Chi fraternity,” Graan said. “So that’s why we’re considering building a new house itself, or if we’re not as successful as we’d like to be in raising money, we may have to renovate what we have there.”
Despite the uncertainty surrounding the construction, Riederer is optimistic that any renovations done to the house will be a step forward for the fraternity.
“A new house will be something we can all stand behind with pride,” Riederer said. “I’ll be an [alumnus] by then, but I would like to come back sometime to visit.”