Latimer and Sommers & Associates, P.A.
Latimer and Sommers & Associates, P.A.

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Latimer Sommers & Associates, P.A.
3639 SW Summerfield Dr
Ste A
Topeka, KS 66614


Phone: 785-233-3232

Fax: 785-233-0647

Greek Housing

Sigma Phi Epsilon – University of Missouri

This project was a full renovation of a 1940’s vintage structure that was currently occupied. Challenges included the schedule critical to the students being able to re-occupy their house for the school year, the low floor-to-floor heights and a kitchen renovation that allowed the facility to function better. Small air systems were chosen to limit ductwork size and careful placement of units allowed ceiling height to be maximized. Dated plumbing and wiring infrastructure was replaced and the resident rooms were updated to allow for current power and technology needs. A site water intrusion issue was solved with proper grading, site drainage and pumping of interior stormwater drainage systems. First floor public spaces were renovated for better usefulness and lighting.

Zeta Tau Alpha - Kansas State University

Formerly a fraternity house, this World War 2 era three story house in the western cluster of Greek homes west of Kansas State’s campus was nearly completely gutted to make way for a new sorority presence. Challenges included a new third floor addition on top of existing construction, low floor-to-floor heights, a limited site and the need for zone control in the resident rooms. The solutions required close coordination with the architect and owner to meet the goals. A variable flow refrigerant heating and cooling system allows the building to heat and cool at the same time if needed and share the load to minimize energy usage. Air units were small with little or no ductwork to keep ceilings as high as possible. An energy recovery unit exchanged exhaust and incoming outside air and delivered conditioned and de-humidified air to each room to meet air quality and code needs.

Delta Delta Delta - University of South Carolina

This is a new sorority at the University of South Carolina that accommodates 36 live-in members and has facilities suitable for 80 diners per meal. LSA provided MEP systems design.

Sigma Chi Fraternity - University of Kansas

A full interior remodel of over 26,000 square feet provided this hillside presence on Greek Row on Tennessee Street at the KU campus a good position to draw new members. The remodel preserved the rich tradition of the house while providing a suitable environment for the students within. A two-pipe fan coil unit HVAC system with auxiliary heat keeps the temperatures comfortable during the year. Spaces for studying, computer lab and meetings were provided with individual zones for maximum comfort. An accelerated time frame was important to minimize any temporary arrangements needed for students. Close coordination with the architect and contractor allowed an on time and on budget project.

Delta Chi - University of Kansas

Located along Naismith Drive with several other Greek houses, this unique structure was remodeled to bring mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems up to date and provide a more energy efficient facility. A complete renovation of the resident rooms and the HVAC systems serving those areas and first floor was a challenge as the period style architecture limited the routing of piping and ductwork. Careful planning for the coordination was necessary to allow the contractor to conceal this infrastructure without compromising the performance. LSA takes pride in its ability to work with the architect and owner group to explore possibilities and provide an end result that balances budget, quality and serviceability.

Sigma Alpha Epsilon - University of Kansas

The existing facility was razed and a new building created a significant presence on Naismith Drive in the heart of the campus. Efficient and sturdy plumbing fixtures were chosen along with a two-pipe fan coil HVAC system. Supplemental heat allowed the cooling system to be available for intermediate season temperature fluctuations. The 20,000 square foot facility sleeps 60 students and serves 120 for dining and functions. Complete fire sprinkler, electrical, low voltage and fire alarm systems create a student-friendly and safe environment.

Delta Delta Delta - Kansas State University

Various remodeling tasks were required for this long-time resident of the KSU campus. The student study and sleeping rooms were gutted and made new along with support spaces such as laundry, the computer room and chapter room. HVAC systems were upgraded in these areas along with the piping infrastructure. A new fire alarm system, voice, data and TV ports were renewed along with new and plentiful power outlets in the resident rooms and support spaces. Timing of the renovation was critical to allow a summer down time with the facility ready to go in the fall for the new rush.

Zeta Tau Alpha - Kansas State University

Formerly a fraternity house, this World War 2 era three story house in the western cluster of Greek homes west of Kansas State’s campus was nearly completely gutted to make way for a new sorority presence. Challenges included a new third floor addition on top of existing construction, low floor-to-floor heights, a limited site and the need for zone control in the resident rooms. The solutions required close coordination with the architect and owner to meet the goals. A variable flow refrigerant heating and cooling system allows the building to heat and cool at the same time if needed and share the load to minimize energy usage. Air units were small with little or no ductwork to keep ceilings as high as possible. An energy recovery unit exchanged exhaust and incoming outside air and delivered conditioned and de-humidified air to each room to meet air quality and code needs. 

Sigma Nu Fraternity - University of Arkansas

This project consisted of a newly constructed 22,000 square foot Sigma Nu Fraternity on the campus of University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The building is three-stories with 50 sleeping rooms and 25 suite-style restrooms. The building has facilities for laundry, chapter meetings, a commercial kitchen, a resident director's apartment, and several multi-purpose rooms. LSA coordinated with the University to bring chilled water, steam, telecommunications/data, and power utilities to the new building via the campus tunnel system. 

Alpha Delta Pi - University of South Carolina

LSA provided the mechanical, electrical and plumbing design for a new chapter house at the University of South Carolina - Columbia. The house includes community education and study spaces as well as library and study areas within each suite. It also includes a large chapter room that can be used as a dining room and an exterior terrace area.

Alpha Gamma Rho - Kansas State University

Many options were explored in this remodel of this existing fraternity. Budget was a concern and it was the owner’s desire to maximize the outcome. To this end there were two sets of contract documents that had different HVAC systems. One common area of remodel was a new kitchen. The first HVAC system consisted of using the existing and fairly new hot water boiler and adding a chiller to feed new four-pipe fan coils throughout the building. The other option with a less first cost was a series of split systems and thru-wall units. After receiving bids the four-pipe systems was chosen. Routing of piping and new ceilings necessitated close coordination. The voice, data and TV systems’ infrastructure was designed and administrated by LSA to provide an integrated solution that was pre-planned, budgeted and constructed according to strict standards that allowed the system to have a 20-year warrantee. A completely new electrical system supported the students’ activities and new equipment around the facility.

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