The UCA Greek Village project has been in the works for many years thanks to the help of many different individuals, groups, colleges/universities, organizations, and businesses. Below you will find some brief highlights about the history of the project over the past decade. Thank you to everyone who has helped make this project a reality since 2004!
Student leadership, UCA Administration, and Student Government Association (SGA) begin discussions about a Greek Village project. Initial idea is to build project on Western Avenue.
Nine (9) students visit Bowling Green State University and University of Toledo to view their Greek housing.
Sixteen (16) students visit Middle Tennessee State University to view their Greek housing.
President Meadors recommends corner of Dave Ward Drive and Farris Road (approximately 12.5 five acres) as the future home of UCA Greek Village. This will become the focal area for UCA Greek Village until 2013.
Eighteen (18) students visit University of West Georgia to view their Greek housing.
National Greek Housing Consultant, Mari Ann Callais, visits UCA to assess a potential Greek Village project with students, staff, administration, and alumni.
Hired Brailsford & Dunleavy to conduct Greek Village feasibility and needs study with students, staff, administration, and alumni. Hired Wali Caradine and Ron Woods & Associates as the primary architects for the project.
Daniel Durack of Brailsford and Dunleavy visits UCA multiple times to conduct assessments of project stakeholders.
Brailsford & Dunleavy's feasability and needs study indicates that placing Greek Village on the corner of Dave Ward Drive and Farris Road is cost prohibitive due to a lack of underground utilities, remote location, and the potential for flooding. Project location is officially moved to Donaghey/Augusta/Western Avenues to meet cost limitations, integrate with the future mixed-use Donaghey project, and house students closer to academic buildings.
Eight (8) staff and two (2) architects visit Arkansas State University to view their new sorority housing project.
Received letters of intent from Greek groups wanting University to build houses (for large groups) and chapter meeting rooms (for small groups).
- UCA Board of Trustees approved in Phase I of Greek Village a $13.8 million bond issue to build five (5) sorority Greek
houses for large sorority groups, plus four (4) chapter meeting rooms for smaller sorority groups.
- The five (5) sorority houses will be approx.10,400 square feet each and will include 32 beds (fourteen (14) doubles and four (4) singles), private bathrooms (one (1) bath for about every four (4) residents), kitchen, parlor, TV room, conference room, laundry room, and a large 1500 square ft. chapter meeting room. The house exteriors will fit in with the campus décor consisting of two-story, red brick Georgian style designs. Three (3) houses will be on Donaghey Avenue near corner of Donaghey and College, and two (2) houses will be on Augusta.
- The four (4) chapter meeting rooms for smaller groups will eventually become part of a large Greek Community Center Complex located between Augusta and Western Avenues, facing College Avenue. When completed, the Community Center will consist of 750 square ft. chapter meeting rooms for both men and women, adjoining lobby space, small kitchens, and bathrooms. In the middle of the Community Center there are plans for a 5000 square foot multipurpose room, additional lobby space, several offices, bathrooms, and possibly a convenience store/food outlet.
Nabholz Construction is selected as the general contractor for the UCA Greek Village project.
The second phase of Greek Village will include construction of Greek fraternity houses for large groups and chapter meeting rooms within the larger Community Center for smaller organizations. The fraternity houses will be similar in design as the sorority houses, but the size may be altered to fit organizational needs and available land space. A timeline has not been established for Phase II; however, it is anticipated that it may begin 1-2 years after completion of Phase I.