House Renovation Campaign
History of House Expansion: The Epsilon Pi chapter of Sigma Nu first moved into our 601 Gayley Ave home in 1940. The first of two major additions to the house was undertaken in 1954 when the second story addition over the kitchen and dining – called “New Wing” was added. In 1965, the ground level along Strathmore Ave which came to be known as “The Hole” was added. In 2013, the pledge dorm room which had become a guest bathroom was renovated along with the bathroom in “Old Wing” and the library was modernized.
Current Renovation Plan: The iconic fraternity house overlooking the UCLA campus must be maintained in order to deliver the kind of experience that has produced over 2,100 Brothers who have gone on to achieve great things in their family and professional lives. Over the course of 2017-18 money was raised to undertake the reconstruction of “New Wing” to produce 7 new bedrooms, consisting of 2 triples and 5 double rooms taking the chapter house live-in capacity from 39 to 43. As part of the summer 2018 renovation project, a modern bathroom was installed along with a new washer/dryer closet dedicated for the hall. The new rooms were furnished with individual A/C units, closets, drawers, beds, and mattresses. The Alumni Board expects these amenities will ultimately attract more upperclassmen Brothers to choose to live in the house.
Upperclassmen Engagement: The Alumni Board feels strongly that an increased upperclassmen presence in the house is important for the success of the chapter. Beginning with the 2018-19 academic year, additional financial incentives have been arranged for upperclassmen who live in the house.
Campaign Status: Renovation of Old Wing hall, Hole hall and a meaningful upgrade to the kitchen will need additional donor funding over the next 2 years – fundraising target is $2.5 million to fully complete the plans provided by our architect who has extensive experience in fraternity remodels. Since 2017, a sizable number of Brothers have donated or made commitments in values ranging from $50 to $200,000 to ensure the house begins this modernization project.