The Delta Chi chapter at the University of Virginia has been kicking off the school year with a newly remodeled kitchen and bathroom. Since Theta moved into 127 Chancellor Street nearly 40 years ago, this renovation has been long awaited for by Thetas, Campus Cooks, and chefs alike. Costing nearly $240,000, the Facility Corporation Board selected Artisan Construction Inc. to begin the demolition within a week after spring finals. Perhaps the best part of the renovation is the separation that provides residents with their own 24-7 pantry kitchen. This is an important change for the chapter because it ensures that Thetas have their own space for coffee makers, refrigerators and icemakers. Another important component is the permanent chilled salad bar and a separate hot bar. The “official” cooks still have their own commercial gas stove, refrigerator/freezer, stainless prep stations, and new cabinets and countertops. A set of cabinets and passway for dishes have replaced the back hall of the house, which has enhanced the overall organization and appearance of the house. The remodel is important because it reconfigures space without breaking lot and space constraints imposed by the historic district.
The first floor bathroom has also been remodeled. A feature is that the bathroom is now officially compliant with handicap standards. This is significant because it shows how Theta welcomes all types of people.
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Ashley Foster, ‘16