House Kitchen Remodel

  • January 18, 2012 | Complete!

     

    The before-and-after pictures say it all, don’t they?

     

    “It’s the best kitchen in the Greek Village,” says AJ Williams, Eminent Commander of the active chapter.  Williams has already noticed changes in the brotherhood related to the remodel.  More brothers are cooking in the house, instead of eating out or in their rooms.  The living room has become a centralized hangout.

     

    “Everyone feels better about the house,” Williams said.  “The level of consciousness and responsibility has been raised, and this adds another level of excellence that will help the chapter in its two-year goal of achieving Rock Chapter.”

     

    Jake Hamilton now becomes a part of chapter history for having cooked the first meal.  For him, the new kitchen felt like home, so he went home style - roasted chicken and potatoes.

     

    Thanks to all the brothers who have participated in the 50/50/50 Campaign.  Approximately $35,000 of the $50,000 goal has been pledged.  Click here to make a tax-deductible donation (which you can pay over a two-year period) or you can mail your check, payable to the USF Foundation, to Frank Hult, 14161 Waterville Circle, Tampa, FL 33626-1621.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • December 29, 2011 | Progress!

     

    One behind-the-scenes aspect of the remodel is the major HVAC update. KPATOS brother Ernie MacFerran provided engineering consulting to USF on this aspect of the remodel (HVAC upgrades are the responsibility of USF, as the landlord).  The extensive duct work allowed for the lighting enhancements.  The sterile florescent light fixtures are gone, replaced with recessed can lights.  Expect a much more welcoming atmosphere on your next visit to the house.

     

    As you can see from the photos, the project is right on schedule. Cabinets are in, and each brother will now have a locked cabinet for storing his food and other items.

     

    Brother Andy DeLaParte (ΘA 216), owner of A&A Electric Services, handled all of the electrical work for the remodel.  Some of you might also recognize Andy’s name as one of the owners of Cold Storage Craft Brewery, or maybe from his amazing barbeque, which for many years has been served at Homecoming events.

     

    Still to come are new, all-black appliances. The new glass top stove will be easier to use and keep clean. A built-in microwave will add convenience. The kitchen has undergone a complete reconfiguration, moving the stand-alone freezer into a pantry and creating a single-entry doorway.  There is now more storage for pots, pans and utensils.

     

    Again, this remodel is happening because of the 50/50/50 Campaign.  Approximately $35,000 of the $50,000 goal has been pledged. If you are reading this and have already contributed, thank you.  If you have not yet contributed, take a moment to think about your active years and the amazing sense of brotherhood that was a big part of that time.  Think about the lifelong friendships.  Click the following link and participate in the history of this chapter again.  Any amount helps to achieve the goal.

     

    Click here to make a tax-deductible donation (which you can pay over a two-year period) or you can mail your check, payable to the USF Foundation, to Frank Hult, 14161 Waterville Circle, Tampa, FL 33626-1621.  

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • December 19, 2011 | Demolition and Dining in the House

     

    It wasn’t a very “destructive” demolition.  For a variety of reasons, USF owns the house and is the landlord.  The chapter leases it back as the tenant.  But for this reason, the old cabinets and appliances went back to USF, perhaps to be used elsewhere. Regardless, the process was less demolition and more removal. The end result is a clean slate (see photos to the right).

     

    Chris Beckwith (ΘA 459), owner of Titan 1 Design & Construction, is the contractor on the project.  For him, it’s not a complicated project.  The challenges come from the relatively short time frame that requires every deadline to be hit, permits and inspectors to be timely and inspections to be passed the first time.  It definitely helps that the house is almost empty for the Christmas break.

     

    Nelson Cusmano (ΘA 94), owner of Cusmano Plumbing Services, is handling all the plumbing work on the project.

     

    According to Jim Crotty, (ΘA 116), co-chairman of the Housing Corporation, in-house brothers had three options for what they eat: those who use one of the university’s food service options (meal plan or a la carte); those who eat out; and those who cook in the kitchen of the house.  Almost every brother has a dorm refrigerator in his room.

     

    Jake Hamilton (ΘA 781), the active chapter Recorder, is one of the brothers who would prefer to cook in the kitchen. He is looking forward to the new kitchen, for a variety of reasons.  According to Jake, any food stored in the cabinets disappears (anyone who has ever lived with roommates knows that this happens).  The old stove was quirky and difficult to keep clean.  The old refrigerator was less energy efficient and had limited storage space.

     

    Again, this remodel is happening because of the 50/50/50 Campaign.  Approximately $35,000 of the $50,000 goal has been pledged.  Click here to make a tax-deductible donation (which you can spread over a two year period) or you can mail your check, payable to the USF Foundation, to Frank Hult, 14161 Waterville Circle, Tampa, FL 33626-1621. 

     

    Up next – Highlights of the Remodel

     

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  • December 13, 2011 | It’s been almost 10 years since the Theta Alpha house saw its first brothers move in, and while every generation of brothers has called numerous off-campus structures “the house,” this is the house that was built for our chapter, by our chapter, to stand the test of time and to serve as the permanent site of Love, Truth and Honor in Tampa.

     

    Having almost two-dozen men as residents each year is a lot to ask of any structure.  Early on, the Housing Corporation knew that a major kitchen remodel and upgrade was a future goal, not just because of wear-and-tear, but for the advantages that an upgraded kitchen will provide during Rush and during special events like Homecoming.  It is also expected that the new kitchen will foster a more communal environment, enhancing the brotherhood in the same way that happens when one hosts a dinner party; regardless of a plan to have guests in a family room, more often than not, the party happens in the kitchen.

     

    The remodel is possible thanks to the ongoing 50/50/50 campaign, which recognizes the chapter’s 50th anniversary with a target of $50,000 to be raised by brothers donating $50 per year since graduation.  Conceived by Mike Castellari (ΘA 462) and Andy Coe (ΘA 537), a professional fundraiser, the campaign concept was enthusiastically endorsed by the Housing Corporation.  The funds were earmarked with $30,000 to be spent on the house improvements and $20,000 designated for future scholarships.  $35,000 has been pledged thus far by a range of brothers across the years.

     

    There are two ways to donate if you haven’t already. You can mail your tax-deductible check, payable to the USF Foundation, to Frank Hult, 14161 Waterville Circle, Tampa, FL 33626-1621.  You can also donate online (link will open a new window).

     

    Up next – Demolition and Perspective on Life in the House

     

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  • December 1, 2011 | The ΣN House saw its first brothers in 2003. Since then, it has served as an amazing place where brothers old and young have continued to demonstrate the principles of Love, Truth and Honor.

     

    On December 12, 2011, the house will undergo a major kitchen renovation. Watch for progress reports.

  • Before.  Photo by Jake Hamilton.

     

    After.  Photo by Chris Beckwith.

     

    Center island close up.

    Photo by Chris Beckwith.

     

     

     

     


  • Duct and electrical work. Photo by Jake Hamilton.

     

    Finished recessed lighting. Photo by Jake Hamilton.

     

    In the kitchen, viewing the new individual storage cabinets. Photo by Jake Hamilton.

     

    Looking into the kitchen. Photo by Jake Hamilton.

     

    New granite countertops partially installed.  Photo by Jim Harvey.

     


  • Stripped to the bones. Photo by Chris Beckwith.

     

    Another view of the work space that used to be the kitchen.  Photo by Jim Harvey.

     

    Framed beams in the common area, adjacent to the kitchen.  Photo by Chris Beckwith.

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    The kitchen, as it was before the remodel began on December 12, 2011. Photo by Jake Hamilton.