Gamma Pi at the University of Rochester
Gamma Pi is located at 555 Fraternity Road, Rochester, NY, on the campus of the University of Rochester.
In late 2012, the University of Rochester announced new standards for the Fraternity Quad and its relationship with fraternities that included: (1) each fraternity house would be renovated to Residential Life standards of facilities and furnishings, including the occupation of bedrooms in each house by a resident adviser and by a graduate housing adviser (who are not members of the respective fraternity); and (2) the board plans would be administered by the university. The university initially planned to create an RA suite from two bedrooms in the new wing of the Gamma Pi chapter house, and to utilize the library and some adjacent space to construct a handicap accessible GHA suite. The House Corporation responded by forming a University Relations Committee that worked with the university to undertake a substantial renovation of the chapter house. The URC and the university spent innumerable hours exchanging ideas and preliminary drawings. A copy of a fairly final set of drawings for the renovation circa can be seen below this article.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony during Meliora Weekend in October 2013 celebrated (1) a new two-story addition over the preexisting patio, which includes a combined RA/GHA suite on the first floor, plus a spacious two person bedroom and a much-needed storage room on the second floor; (2) a new upstairs bathroom in the old wing where the Consul’s room used to be; (3) an upward extension of the stairway between the two wings that now connects the two wings on the second floor; and (4) a marvelous new patio extending eastward via French doors from the main living room. The university did a superb job of maintaining the interior and exterior architectural integrity of the chapter house.
The cost of the renovation was borne largely by the local fraternity, by using existing sources of funds. Deceased brother Dave Gundry had established a fund with the university for the benefit of Sigma Chi that provided about $250,000, and a positive balance with the university of about $250,000 from prior years’ rent receipts from Brothers rooming in the chapter house provided the remainder.
The URC members include Mike Henry ’90, Matt Bracco ’92, Pat Zinter ’06, Robert Purcell ’74, and especially Heath Rosenblat ’95, who headed the URC’s efforts.
Bob Purcell ’74
December 15, 2015