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Sigma Nu House Opens

Posted: 2014-01-09

On Jan. 3, 2014, nearly 146 years to the day after the original founding of the Sigma Nu Fraternity, NC State’s Beta Tau Chapter dedicated its new house in Greek Village on NC State’s campus.

Dignitaries, alumni, brothers, faculty and staff members gathered in the grand facility to celebrate the countless hours and resources that made their dream home a reality. “My only disappointment about the house is the fact that the news crews aren’t lined up out front to document this momentous day,” said Bobby Porter, Fraternity Commander and junior Management major.

Since their 1895 charter at NC State, Sigma Nu has paved the way for other fraternities on campus with a series of firsts. They were the first fraternity founded at NC State, the first to move to Fraternity Court in the 1960s and the first fraternity in Greek Village. “It was appropriate that Sigma Nu started in Park Hotel,” Chancellor Randy Woodson began. “Because the brothers are certainly living in a hotel now.”

Layout for the new building began on Jan. 14, 2013 and on Feb. 5 the first foundation was poured. Even though 2013 saw a 40 percent increase in rain though out the year, the Sigma Nu house was built on budget and on schedule. The project required 65,000 bricks; 475 cubic yards of concrete; 35 tons of steel; 6.5 miles of electrical wiring; 52 tons of HVAC and 2,600 linear feet of sprinkler pipe, according to Barry Henning, President of Omega Construction.

Following the official dedication and ribbon cutting, guests were invited to tour the 22,000 square foot facility. The house has 19 bedrooms that are a mixture of singles, doubles and triples. Each bedroom features classic cherry furniture and high ceilings, blending old-world charm with modern amenities.

The on-site kitchen and dining facility have state-of-the art Vulcan equipment for quality meals to be provided in-house. The Alumni Room, Library and classroom spaces combine elegant décor and functional pieces to create living and learning spaces for residents.

“I like so many things about the house,” said BJ Jones, a junior aspiring Business major. “But most importantly, I think the house will help to make our brotherhood stronger. Brothers will want to come to the new home, making our bonds grow.”

On Jan. 4, 2014, 37 Sigma Nu brothers moved into their new home. The thousands of bricks and tons of steel are simply the foundation for a lifetime of memories, scholarship and leadership that will be formed in the new Sigma Nu house, where brothers will continue to believe in the Life of Love, walk in the Way of Honor and serve in the Light of Truth.

For more information about Greek Village, visit our Project Overview.

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