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SECURING OUR SECOND CENTURY

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Campaign Overview

Since our founding on the University of Illinois campus in 1907, more than 1,700 men have had the honor of being initiated into the University of Illinois Chapter of Triangle Fraternity. The chapter has a long tradition of recruiting academically-focused men who are committed to developing leadership skills that will serve them professionally and as leaders in their communities. The chapter is active in both the Greek and STEM community on campus, hosting a wide range of activities.

Living together strengthens the bond of brotherhood. 112 E. Daniel Street has been an important part of the Illinois Triangle for most of our history. The current house was built in the early 1960s and has to date not had a major renovation - it is a credit to the alumni and chapter leadership's attention to upkeep that the house has served the chapter for so long. The chapter and alumni leadership have been discussing the chapter house, and after evaluating options, decided to undertake a major renovation of the current facility. Leadership presented conceptual plans at the 2019 Homecoming and completed additional planning and feasibility analysis in 2020. Construction has begun and will be completed in 2022, with an effort to minimize the time that the house will be vacant.

Our Challenge

This major renovation and expansion of our home will come at an estimated cost of $4,800,000, and the alumni leadership is committed to ensuring that the costs of the project are not a burden on the chapter. Several alumni have already pledged their support, and we ask each alumnus to make a gift, large or small, to support our chapter. Our goal is to secure at least $2,500,000 in alumni donations.

 

This ambitious goal allows each of us to give back for the experience that Triangle at the University of Illinois provided us and ensure that our chapter’s home is an example to all Triangle chapters.

 

We have engaged the Triangle Education Foundation to staff the campaign and work with the volunteer leadership toward our goal. We plan to raise the $2,500,000 by spring 2023. Working with the Triangle Education Foundation provides alumni a variety of giving opportunities, including tax-deductible giving, the ability to give directly from Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) using Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCDs), and other tax-advantaged giving options. Alumni may also make grants from donor-advised funds, and some employers may match gifts to the Triangle Education Foundation.

To read more and to view floor plans, click the link below for our full Centennial Campaign brochure.

Renovation Specifics

One of the most exciting parts of the project is a new "maker space" addition to the northeast corner of the existing house, toward 2nd Street. Building on the legacy of the existing workshop on the seventh floor, the maker space will provide a cutting-edge environment for undergraduate STEM projects, and build on Triangle's legacy as a unique leader on the Illinois campus.

Other aspects of the renovation include:

  • Emphasis on creating spaces for study and collaboration, including appropriate furnishings on the first floor, a new study room on the sixth floor, and redevelopment of the seventh floor as a study lounge and meeting room.
     

  • Reconfiguration of bedrooms and addition of bedrooms on the sixth floor.
     

  • Refresh of interior finishes and furnishings throughout the house, including a new open aesthetic on the east side of the first floor.
     

  • Complete renovation of the second-and fourth-floor bathrooms, a new bathroom on the sixth floor, and replacement of the existing first-floor washrooms with two ADA-compliant guest washrooms.
     

  • Comprehensive exterior restoration, including brick cleaning, restoration of the Triangle grid and other unique design elements, new entry doors, replacement of all roofing materials, new roof insulation, aluminum cladding on fascia and soffits, new signage and lighting, and ADA-compliant accessibility for the first floor.
     

  • Replacement of the boiler heating system with a VRF heating and cooling system.
     

  • Resolution of longstanding plumbing and electrical issues, including increasing the electrical service into the building.
     

  • Renovation of the kitchen, with the potential to bring meal preparation back to the house.
     

  • Renovation of the basement rec room, including adding a second egress to meet fire code.
     

  • Relocation of the weight room to the south end of the basement.
     

  • Relocation of the laundry room to the underutilized interior room on the fourth floor—in the center of the house.

Investing in OUR FUTURE

Illinois Triangle has a history of alumni stepping up to support the chapter: when the current house was built in the early 1960s, alumni invested in the chapter, and that investment has served the chapter well. Now it is time for today’s alumni to invest in the future of Illinois Triangle, ensure the success of the chapter, and promote a legacy on which we build the brotherhood into the future. As in the past, today Triangle plays a relevant role in shaping the lives of young men. Our fraternity provides an ideal place where men studying engineering, architecture, and the sciences can refine their leadership skills and develop lifelong friendships while promoting positive engagement in their communities and professions.

 

The active membership has made a commitment to work hard in building on the proud tradition of Triangle at Illinois. Together with the active membership, the alumni leadership is committed to this major undertaking. The major renovation of our chapter home is only part of the plan to ensure the future of Triangle. Working with the active chapter and Triangle National, ITAC is taking steps to improve the chapter’s success in key areas of recruitment, alumni relations, and chapter house maintenance, including:

  • ITAC leadership is meeting regularly with chapter leadership to ensure that the active chapter leadership is prepared to run the chapter and to improve officer transition
     

  • Funding is now available to the active chapter from the Illinois Chapter Endowment Fund to support leadership training and other educational needs of the active membership
     

  • An enhanced alumni communications program is scheduled to launch in early 2021; it will include regular alumni newsletters via mail and email to all Illinois alumni, improved communication regarding alumni events, and an enhanced website
     

  • Expanded engagement with the University of Illinois through programs like the Department of Engineering’s Engineering Open House

Progress

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For Additional Information

For additional information or to discuss a gift, please contact Triangle Education Foundation Vice President, Aaron Girson at AGirson@triangle.org or at 317-203-4510.

or Director of Development, Case Hamilton at CHamilton@triangle.org or at 631-873-6419.

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