COLUMBIA — An old refrigerator rests in the front yard, surrounded by pipes and tree limbs. A leather chair stained with dust and dirt lies at the bottom of a large pile of lumber. Broken Christmas lights still adorn sections of the ripped and damaged roof.
This rubble used to be the Delta Upsilon house. Demolition of the house began earlier this week.
LayneCo Construction Services, a St. Louis based company, is the general contractor for the project and for the construction of a new house. It is expected to be finished by the start of the 2015-16 school year.
Cunningham + Associates Inc. is the head architect for the development of the new house.
Steve Layne, the project manager for LCS, is an alumnus of Delta Upsilon and remembers being a part of the fraternity years before. When Layne heard his old fraternity house was getting torn down and replaced by a new one, he wanted to help out and head the project. He said five other construction companies placed bids to be a part of this project, but his company prevailed.
“This house and this project is close to my heart,” Layne said. “I lived in the old house, and it’s so bittersweet to be a part of the building of a new house.”
Bruce McKinney, president of the alumni-housing corporation of the University of Missouri Delta Upsilon chapter, said that the construction project for the new house would cost about $6 million. A local bank will finance half of the cost, and alumni donations will cover the other half, he added.
Another Delta Upsilon alumnus who has donated to the building of the new house is Nick Vedros, an award-winning photographer who owns Vedros & Associates Photography based in Kansas City. He graduated from the MU with a degree in photojournalism.
Vedros said he is excited for a brand new two-story house with a parking garage underneath it.
“What I got out of the fraternity in college, I’m paying back in donations,” Vedros said. “We definitely had a top group of guys, and I can’t wait to see how the new guys carry on the legacy.”
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