ATΩ Capital Campaign Overview
In 2016, the Delta Chapter formally launched a renewed and expanded capital campaign to renovate and improve the Chapter House at 125 Chancellor Street. Our Chapter has come a long way since the 1994 refounding, and now is the time to plan for the next chapter in Delta’s history.
Our house at 125 Chancellor Street has proven to be an excellent location for the chapter: it’s located in the heart of the Greek community, has the shortest commute to Grounds of any fraternity at UVa, and is situated very close to local area amenities such as student housing and The Corner. However, the existing house structure is nearly 120 years old and in need of a major overhaul to secure ATΩ’s presence at UVa for future generations of students.
The Renovation and Improvement Plan
After initial fundraising success, in early 2020 we officially kicked off the design and permitting process for the redevelopment of 125 Chancellor Street! We have retained a lead architect, structural engineer, civil engineer, and surveyor crew to begin work on detailed plans for the new house design. In early 2021, the plans were approved by both the City of Charlottesville and the Board of Architectural Review bringing us one step closer to breaking ground!
The house improvement plan is designed to reinforce the existing house structure and also expand the West side of the house by adding additional bedrooms and a new “Great Room” to serve as the main social space for the Chapter. The initial design scheme, which you can see below, consists of the following:
- A full gut renovation of the existing structure, including new floors, walls, ceilings, plumbing, electrical, HVAC, and sprinkler system
- Expansion of the house footprint to include a new Great Room, basement, kitchen, and wrap-around back patio
- Reconfiguration of the 2nd floor bedrooms to allow for additional occupancy
- Adding a third story bedroom and lounge above the new addition
- Demolition of the “shack” to expand the parking lot
Below are several initial renderings and floor plans that reflect the house footprint after the new additions:
We are within striking distance of having the funds to break ground. Read on to hear how you can help make this vision a reality!
Donations, Pledges, and Donor Recognition
We encourage all alumni to donate or pledge any amount they feel comfortable giving. All donors will be listed annually in the Delta Dispatch, but in addition, we want to recognize donors who are consistently generous over time. Every alumnus that donates at least $5,000 cumulatively to this campaign (can be spread out over multiple years) will have their college portrait featured on a cross-generational “Rebuilders’ Composite” which will be installed in the new Great Room. It’s going to look very cool, and will remain a permanent fixture in the most prominent room of house for years to come.
The naming rights for every room in the house are being offered in exchange for donations of $10,000 to $15,000 for bedrooms, $25,000 for the President’s Suite, and $50,000 for common area rooms. Brothers Seward Anderson (’69), Elliott Woltz (‘70), and Stephen Mewborn (’80) have each snagged a bedroom. The Brother Room has been named in honor of Brother William Schmidt (‘66) after several of his Brothers pooled together more than $50,000 of donations. John Rich (’68) made a very generous donation at the outset of this campaign to secure the naming rights to the Great Room for the Class of 1968. Other communal spaces and bedrooms remain available for naming. Anyone who sponsors a communal space for $25,000 or more will also receive a framed print of the house plans.
Additional incentives for donating are listed below. To make a pledge or for questions about the Capital Campaign, please contact John Sweeney, Finance Chair of the Board of Trustees. He can be reached by email at JohnHSweeney@gmail.com or by phone at 931-510-0023.
*For donations above a given threshold, all Recognitions below that threshold apply, with one exception: recognition for Top Donor Society and Temple of Friendship Society are mutually exclusive.
**Note: As of November 2016, the Great Room has already been named in honor of the Class of 1968 following a donation by John and Nancy Rich.
***Group donations aggregating to these levels will also be considered for room naming rights on a case by case basis.
To ensure transparency and accountability throughout this Capital Campaign, a full reporting of donations and any use of funds will be provided annually in the Delta Dispatch.
Thank you for you continued support of ATΩ Delta.
The ATΩ Delta Board of Trustees