The Grand Re-opening of 1979 Iuka Ave.
On Oct. 3, 2015, the Beta Chapter of Alpha Gamma Rho at The Ohio State University celebrated the grand re-opening of our newly-renovated chapter house at 1979 Iuka Ave. during a ribbon cutting ceremony. After nine months of renovation and a capital campaign that generated $1.8 million, generously donated by alumni and undergraduate members of the fraternity, the chapter house is now fully operational and something that all Beta brothers should be very proud of.
The grand re-opening event included house tours, drinks and hor d’oeuvres, a welcome address from Linda Martin, associate dean for academic programs at Ohio State, and a song circle in the foyer, led by alumnus Bob Lantz, to conclude the day.
In the months leading up to the grand re-opening, we were busy with renovations and construction happening both on the inside and outside of the chapter house. Updates and improvements to the chapter house include new plumbing, electrical service, heating units and windows, proper insulation, a new sprinkler system and new furnishings throughout the house.
The house received the final permanent occupancy permit and passed the health permit inspection to make the kitchen operational during Christmas break. Looking ahead, the next part of the renovation project will be the house mother’s quarters, which was omitted in the beginning to trim the original contract costs. This project is expected to be completed by the end of the spring semester or possibly sooner.
“Our newly-renovated chapter house will help us carry on our fraternity’s legacy for many generations to come,” said Nathan Louiso, president of the AGR Beta Chapter House Corporation Board.