“Make no little plans” is a quote attributed to noted architect Daniel Burnham. But, it could also be used for the alumni of Alabama Mu, who decided it was time to renovate the “Mother Mu” chapter house. But, they didn’t stop at new paint. They envisioned a total renovation to make the house suitable for today’s college man and while restoring the significance of the home that houses SAE’s founding chapter.

The current Alabama Mu chapter house was built in 1953, nearly 100 years after the Founding Fathers attended the school. Housing is important at The University of Alabama, and the school boasts one of the highest-ranked campus housing programs in the nation. While the school can update its housing amenities year-to-year, it is a luxury most other residences cannot afford. In fact, the Alabama Mu House Corporation hasn’t done a renovation since 2006, and before that, it was in 1970.

Seeing the need for renovations, the alumni set their sights on bringing the chapter house up to, and beyond, today’s standards. The current $5 million project is upgrading the infrastructure and modernizing the dormitories, meal, and restroom areas. Two of the most significant plans are building a shaded dining area in the outdoor courtyard and shifting the long-dated communal bathrooms to semi-private suites. During the renovations, the chapter house is still open for tours to generate enthusiasm and show progress throughout the semester.

“There are no undergraduates living-in, and alumni can’t openly visit the building they called ‘home’ for four years. But everyone is excited to see the completed renovations next year. The University has also been a great partner by providing space for our members to eat and meet while the house is under construction,” said Alabama House Corporation President Hugh Miller (’85).

The projects listed below will be completed in January 2020:
-complete renovation of the upstairs dorm area, with library and laundry area on 2nd floor
-shaded dining area for the outdoor courtyard
-additional and updated bathrooms throughout the house
-complete landscape revision
-full electrical replacement (underground, service boxes, conduit, wiring, and outlets)
-updated roofline
-new sprinkler system
-new plumbing in all areas built before 1969
-new HVAC system
-new subfloors in the dining area
-full ADA compliance
 
No little plans, indeed, but ones that will set the standard on the University of Alabama campus and make Mother Mu a shining example of what a chapter house can be. For more details on how to assist in this project, visit https://mothermusae.com/.