The old adage, "Many hands make light work" does not seem to have applied here.
Despite the multifaceted support of collegians, parents, alumnae, neighbors, architects, contractors and so many others, this project's weight has seemed crushing. In 2007 and 2008, in light of the city-imposed Greek-build moratorium and a withering economy, it would have been forgivable to shrug off this project another decade. But we did not! Fighting for city approval, persistently seeking more capital campaign contriubtions, surmounting bed & parking restrictions, finding a lender, finessing logistics to keep the house open during construction... every step of this project has been a challenge. But now comes a benchmark we can all find great achievement and refreshment in...
WE ARE OFFICIALLY CLOSING ON THE LOAN!
You may be wondering, how is this happening AFTER breaking ground? Because of the contributions we have collected from capital campaign pledges, we were able to begin demolition/construction prior to closing the loan. And thank goodness, because our window for Phase I is miniscule - from the day girls moved out of the house for summer until the days just prior to Recruitment, that's less than 3 months. Our contractor, Bona Fide, has been amazing to accomodate this unique timeframe and we are so grateful!