Housing History

  • The Beginning

    In 1999, the University’s Board of Trustees agreed that university housing for the Greek community would be beneficial to the campus and approved plans to spend up to $4 million to develop a Greek Village site. USC spent the money for the acquisition and clearing of the land, while tHousehe sororities and fraternities were responsible for raising enough money to pay for construction. This village is located near the corner of Blossom and Assembly streets, the Strom Thurmond Wellness Center and the new basketball arena. Individual lots were leased to fraternities and sororities. Initial cost estimates exceeded $1.5 million for each house and each house holds approximately 38 people. 

    The University acquired the property near the old Gibbes factory, where 14 “row” lots are nestled next to the Wellness Center. The lots are leased to Greek organizations for 40 years at the cost of $41 per year. With 21 fraternities and 15 sororities on campus, the competition for these row lots (the more ideal sites) has been fierce.


    USC divided the construction project into two phases:

     Ground Breaking


    • Phase 1 included construction on land USC already owns, such as the areas around Bates House near Cliff apartments, and where the campus police station sits on the corner of Wheat and Sumter Streets. (Nine (9) satellite lots were available near Bates house on Whaley Street and on the corner of Wheat and Sumter Streets.)


    • Phase 2 included the construction of the Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center, as well as 14 Greek houses in a row near the old Gibbes factory, according to Jerry Brewer, Director of Student Life. (This was the preferred Phase for our chapter, KA, ATO, and Sigma Nu).


    There was a strict selection process that each organization sought to participate in. HowevSealr, before an organization could participate in the selection process, it had to first prove that it had the money to fund the construction plans and operating costs.


    These lots were limited and were available on a first come, first served basis. In 2001, ATO and KA submitted proposals to obtain one of the satellite lots but later both since decided to wait for the Phase 2 "row" lots. SAE decided also to build near the Wellness Center and not on a Phase 1 satellite lot.



  • “Building for the Future” 

    HouseA great fraternity house must be a house that meets the highest standard for the technological demands of a 21st century computer-driven university. We created a sample study and educational space as well as adequate reserves for future maintenance and upkeep to insure our future. To promote purity in our ritual and fellowship at mealtime, our new house has both a separate chapter room and a spacious dining room. We believe that a first-class, high-tech facility is vital to attracting high-caliber members into the next century.


    This business plan, in addition to lot requests, was submitted to the University in 2001. USC then qualified “prepared chapters” and entered into ground lease agreements with them in early 2001.


    In order to be competitive and prepared when the "row" lots became available, the SC Delta Chapter of SAE House Corporation Inc., under the direction of Capital Resource Group, Inc., began raising the necessary funds and launched a major capital campaign in fall of 1999, “Building for the



    Future”, to raise the money needed to fund the construction of an estimated $1.5 million fraternity house.. In the "quiet" phase, a few alumni committed a total of $200,000. We also assembled an Executive Committee and Class Leader from each year. To date, over $700,000 has been committed to the new house. We were off to a great start, but we always need more support from all alumni.


    Several of the other fraternities chapters raised in excess of $600,000. When the "row" lots became available, the "qualified" groups were able to choose sites out of a hat