Construction Update

3 July 2014


Since reporting in early May that the House Corporation and Alumni Association had contracted with Jim Ingledue Construction of Angola, to build the fraternity house, there have been several developments in the project. Brother Larry Thomas has led the effort to finalize the budget, pro-forma, and, along with Brother Terry Carter, establish the construction loan and mortgage with a local Angola bank. The property exchange agreement with the University was executed and a date for the start of construction was established.

However, due to a lawsuit between a neighbor, Trine University, and the City of Angola (Alpha Sigma Phi was NOT involved in the matter) over the adjacent alley and other land issues, the City of Angola was reluctant to issue our building permit until they changed their zoning ordinance to clarify the section covering fraternity and sorority houses. It was agreed that cooperating with the City was the best course of action, however, five to six weeks were lost on the construction schedule. During that time, the contractor was asked to refine their plan and finances were reviewed carefully by the project team.

The City of Angola issued the required permit on 16 June 2015 and the contractor mobilized to the site and began excavation. Unsuitable soil and unacceptable underground water conditions were encountered upon excavation in about two thirds of the building footprint. Brother John Goudy quickly assembled a group of knowledgeable brothers including Brother Eric Brown, a geotechnical professional from Indianapolis to review the situation with the contractor in a conference call on June 25th.

Brother Brown visited the site the following Monday to review the site conditions and the Board of Trustees met in a teleconference call on Wednesday, 2 July to discuss the recommendation(s) of Brother Brown and the contractor. The Board directed the installation of helical piers to mitigate the soil and water problems which was perceived to be of the lowest long term risk to future problems. The additional cost may or may not be covered by contingency budget depending on the extent of the required design, however, an additional two to three weeks of delay to the schedule are expected.

The delays mean that the house will not be dried in with only details remaining by Homecoming which was the original goal. However, it is anticipated that the house exterior will be complete with siding and roofing and interior work in progresss at the time of the annual reunion.

Brother Paul Ruegamer, #913
CEO, House Corporation