A $3.2 million renovation is under way on the 1927 vintage Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity house at 405 Kentucky Blvd.
The project, expected to be completed next summer, adds 3,500 square feet to the house and remodels the interior to embrace a national "residential learning community" program, fraternity alumnus John Hartman said.
The building’s east wing will be extended, and the south side will be expanded outward for a new ballroom and dining room.
Hartman of Webster Groves graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1961. He said the project is part of a national Sigma Phi Epsilon "Balanced Man" program that seeks to blend the academic, campus and social aspects of college life into the fraternity experience.
Living quarters will be reconfigured into suites with bedrooms separated from nearby study areas. Common areas will include space to house university faculty members for on-site office hours, evening lectures and classrooms.