Kappa Alpha of Oklahoma State University

Posted on 03/21/2013

To Whom It May Concern,

The Beta Xi Chapter of the Kappa Alpha Fraternal Order first became acquainted with Graco Roofing & Construction in February of 2012. We are now nearing the end of an extensive renovation project and couldn't be more pleased with the outcome.

For many years the members and alumni of the fraternity had been discussing possible renovation, remodeling and addition projects that would improve our aging chapter house. While we had plenty of ideas, we had no direction and weren't sure of what we could accomplish and how to begin.  Doug and Caitlin listened to our ideas and helped us identify our needs and what we could realistically accomplish. They introduced us to different architects to help us understand how to phase our project ideas, and ultimately enabled us to come to a decision on the scope of our current project.

After careful consideration our board was able to agree on an extensive remodeling project of our existing facility. Our $350,000 budget afforded us to completely renovate our large common bathroom, restore our hardwood flooring, replace all of our windows for more energy efficient units and completely update the exterior facade. A generous alumni donation gave us the ability to realize a long standing wish of adding a true plantation style front porch to the property. Doug and Caitlin dealt with the architect and with City permitting requirements to help make this a reality. The end result is a stunning transformation from an all white, boring building to a true red brick Southern mansion.

Remodeling the Chapter house has allowed us to accomplish three things. First, our current members and alumni have a facility to be proud of. It has created a sense of pride and ownership that are necessary for their continued involvement and recruitment efforts. Second,  it has increased our property value, giving us more flexibility for future growth. Third, it has given us a showcase project to share with our alumni for fundraising efforts towards a possible large addition in the near future.

We are very satisfied with the work performed by Graco Roofing & Construction and would highly recommend them. With a little time and luck with fundraising, we hope to utilize Graco's abilities again to further expand our building and our fraternity.

B. Appleman

Beta Xi Chapter of the Kappa Alpha Fraternal Order