Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity House
Project size: 50,000 SF
Owner: Texas Alpha House
Architect: Connolly Architects
Project Type: Private Enterprise
The Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity House was a significant project, in that it embodied Austin Canyon Corporation’s commitment and ability to work on a team basis with architect, their consultants, owner representatives and the subcontractor team to deliver an exceptional structure. Constructing a building of this stature in the ever-changing University of Texas neighborhood environment comes with its own set of distinctive obstacles. Some constraints of this project included working through design and budget challenges, along with neighborhood and city zoning, permitting and ordinance issues.
One unique aspect of the project was that it included the remodeling of an existing townhouse along with construction of a new facility. The two elements were then connected by a raised sport deck and courtyard plaza. Construction included the excavation and exterior wall retention system, which was integrated into the overall building composition for below grade parking with cast-in-place concrete and steel for the upper floors. The exterior envelope is comprised of structural steel, metal framing with cut Limestone veneer, storefront and curtainwall systems to match the architectural vocabulary of the existing building.