BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The Kappa Sigma Fraternity at LSU has broken ground on their new house on Dalrymple Dr.
The fraternity's previous house was demolished back in March after an inspection was done and it was deemed uninhabitable. The original house was built back in the 1930s.
The new 22,000 square foot house will be large enough for 52 men to live there and will take approximately 10 months to build.
"As a real estate developer and an avid LSU fan, I have been honored to have help fund and participate in the development of a number of new buildings on the campus over the last 20 years. I am happy to add to that list, the new home of my college fraternity, Kappa Sigma," said Jimmy Maurin, founder and past chairman of Stirling Properties.
Along with The Bautsch Grunewald Group, the fraternity's Steering Commission has raised $6.4 million and is hoping to reach their $7 million goal in the near future.
"Congratulations to LSU's Kappa Sigma for such an exemplary fundraising effort. With nearly 900 individual donors drawing from current members and alumni across the country, this groundbreaking demonstrates a tremendous level of brotherhood that is simply inspirations," said F. King Alexander, president of LSU.
"Thanks to the generosity of hundreds of alumni, we are building a state of the art home that will continue to set LSU apart. Through this new house and accompanying scholarship program, our goal is to ensure educational and leadership opportunities for future generations," said Mike Busada, Steering Commission co-chair.
Kappa Sigma members are currently leasing the Acadia house on West Lakeshore Dr. and are excited for the completion of their new home next year.