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Spotlight: KSQ’s Design for 25 Greek Chapter Houses at TCU

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Student Housing Business shared the first project images for the 25 Greek chapter houses KSQ has designed for the Worth Hills Village development on the Texas Christian University (TCU) campus. The new home for 25 TCU fraternity and sorority chapters will be within 11 buildings and complement the Multipurpose Dining Hall and three upper class residence halls KSQ has completed over the last two years in the development. The designs reveal a Greek Village within Worth Hills comprised of a series of small, interconnected buildings in a park-like setting with features that create community and embrace Greek culture and ceremony.

The houses reflect TCU’s architectural style and chapters are connected in groups of two or three per building with shared interior stairs and elevators. TCU’s Ludowicci clay tile roofs top the houses and brick, cast stone, and stucco are used in a variety of patterns and front proportions for the facades. This variation gives each chapter its own unique identity and entrance along with the chapters having their own front porch with a round or square cast stone column either one or two stories high. All of the houses are four stories high with fourth floor bedrooms tucked into the roof area with dormer windows; allowing the overall scale of the buildings to be lower and more residential.

Two chapter building design by KSQ

Three chapter building design by KSQ

Three chapter building design by KSQ

Fraternity houses feature both front and back porches with the back area space designed for grilling and outdoor entertaining. All chapter houses offer plenty of space for events and entertainment with a large chapter room, storage closets to hold chairs needed for larger events, public restrooms, full kitchen, and a private meeting room all on the first floor. Also on the first floor of each building is a residence director suite with a full kitchen, living room, private bathroom, and bedroom with a walk-in closet.

Two upper floors offer double rooms or single rooms with shared bathrooms, a lounge, laundry area, and a study. Students in leadership positions occupy a separate floor and have private bedrooms, a study, a living room, an office, semi-private bathrooms, laundry and a kitchen on their floor.

The landscape design incorporates terraces, slopes, groves and open recreation spaces. Nods to Greek life are incorporated throughout the lawn as a visual show of university support and for ceremony as well. A Greek-style row of columns numbered to support the Divine Nine is included, as well as an obelisk, ovals, and an ellipse.

 

Greek Village render show 1

The programming was driven by feedback gathered from the chapters directly during student focus groups. The project was further customized at “TCU: The Next Chapter”–a walk-thru, interactive exhibit hosted by the university where chapters viewed KSQ’s model, renderings, design video, and selected design and building materials for their unique chapter house and scheduled one-on-one consultations with our interior design team.

TCU Director of Housing & Residence Life Craig Allen discusses the project with students during the TCU: The Next Chapter interactive gallery exhibit.

TCU Director of Housing & Residence Life Craig Allen discusses the project with students during the TCU: The Next Chapter interactive gallery exhibit.

The chapter houses are replacing outdated 1960s-era Greek housing and a surface parking lot on the site. The project will be built in two phases with the first phase consisting of seven buildings (six sorority house for 13 chapters and one fraternity house for two chapters with 527 beds total) with construction scheduled to begin in May 2016 and be completed in August 2017.

After the sororities have moved in, their old buildings will be demolished to make room for the second phase consisting of four more fraternity buildings (10 more chapters and 254 more beds for a total of 781 beds). The second phase construction will begin in May 2017 and be completed in August 2018.

The Greek Village is aiming for LEED certification like the other completed projects in the development (Pamela and Edward Clark and Marion Hall, Hays Hall, and the Multipurpose Dining Hall–all LEED Gold certified buildings).

KSQ Architects has provided architectural services for more than 15 new or renovated buildings on the TCU campus since 1995. Besides the latest four buildings in Worth Hills Village, KSQ currently has a 1,199 space parking garage currently under construction in the development.

Parking garage model of the new Worth Hills Village currently under construction. Model by KSQ and photo by Kelly McCoy, KSQ.

Parking garage model of the new Worth Hills Village currently under construction. Model by KSQ and photo by Kelly McCoy, KSQ.

When the second phase of the Greek Village is complete, KSQ will have built 1,342 beds in Worth Hills Village with plans to create more in future phases.

KSQ’s project partners for the Greek Village include Beck Group (construction manager), Wallace Engineering (structural), Dunaway Associates (civil), Huitt-Zollars, Inc. (MEP), and Newman, Jackson, Bieberstein, Inc. (landscape).

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