Alpha Chi Omega Sorority House
The original Alpha Chi Omega Sorority House suffered destruction from a tornado that ravaged the Iowa City area on April 12, 2006. Although not a design/build contract, Knutson was contracted during the design phase to consult with constructability, schedule and budget of the 16,500 square foot, four-story rebuild.
The site was re-graded and retaining walls added to take advantage of the two-lot property. The lower level contains the kitchen and dining hall. The main level consists of the grand entry, two lounges, a chapter room and the house director's residence. The upper two floors are the bunk rooms (13 units), restrooms and laundry facilities. Vertical travel is provided by two stair towers and a hydraulic elevator. The addition of a 65,000 sq. ft., 36-stall underground parking structure and two driveways were required due to revised Iowa City building codes.