The first seven buildings in the new Greek Village in Worth Hills could be ready earlier than the proposed Fall 2018 date, said Harold Leeman, director of facility planning and construction.
If construction continues at its current pace, the sorority houses should open in the summer of 2017 and the fraternity houses will be opened by the fall of 2018.
“Some of them will finish early,” Leeman said. “So, we’ll get furniture in that one and that’ll leave us time to get furniture in the next one and so on.”
Construction began early this past spring when the physical plant began working on the utilities for the Greek Village area.
“We had to move those utilities out from underneath where the new buildings will be going,” Leeman said. “So, that’s been going on since early January-February of this year, and actually, [we’re] still moving gas lines right now, but everything is out of the way of our construction.”
Leeman said the physical plant and construction team knew this would cause problems with parking, so their solution was the construction of the Worth Hills Parking Garage, which opened on Aug. 25.
The second phase of the construction on the first set of houses is now underway. There are seven buildings under construction right now. The buildings will hold either two or three chapters each, said Leeman. Once phase two is finished, the four dorms on Pond Drive will be demolished and replaced by the rest of the new buildings.
Leeman said the project has been on budget.
“It’s early in the process for the housing, but right now, everything’s tracking very well,” Leeman said.
The physical plant built weather delays into the schedule.
“Most contractors work on a five-day schedule,” Leeman said. “But, you’ll see them out there on Saturdays and makeup schedules, so if it rains, they have rain-out on one day but they can get on the site. They’ll probably make that rain day up by working Saturday.”