UCA Pursuing Housing Project For Greek Orgs

The University of Central Arkansas in Conway recently hired Caradine Cos. Architecture of Little Rock to design infrastructure for fraternity and sorority housing.

A rough, preliminary estimate of how much the total project, called Greek Village, could cost is $18 million, UCA spokesman Jeff Pitchford said.

UCA is paying Caradine Cos. $294,000 to consult with UCA fraternities, sororities and their alumni associations, design the housing infrastructure and determine how much the project should cost.

The housing would be constructed on 12.5 undeveloped acres at the southwest corner of Farris Road and Dave Ward Drive in Conway, Pitchford said.

Housing for Greek organizations has been talked about for several years, he said, but the university began to consider it more seriously in 2004.

Greek Village would feature several houses with 20 to 50 beds apiece, for a total of up to 350 beds, Pitchford said.

UCA has 20 fraternities and sororities with 930 current members.

Organizations currently do not have traditional fraternity or sorority house options and are permitted to gather in residence hall meeting rooms, which are too small for organization needs, Pitchford said.

“Greek Village addresses the future housing and meeting space needs of Greek organizations on our campus,” said Ronnie Williams, vice president for student services, in an email. “We also think this will be a recruitment tool for the university and offer students a unique living and learning environment.”

UCA has not yet determined how the housing project will be funded.