UT's Sorority Village recently received its first residents.
While the idea of creating a housing complex for sororities has been discussed for years on the UT campus, officials just broke ground on it May 2011.
Alpha Chi Omega moved into the village Friday, with Delta Zeta following their lead Monday. When the Sorority Village project is complete, UT expects it to house 13 sororities and an administration building.
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Delta Zeta Chapter President Caitlin Mulloy said the new house will help bring sorority members together.
"We're so excited to have this space and have a place where girls can always hang out together," she said.
Merit Construction Inc., of Knoxville, built both the Delta Zeta and Alpha Chi Omega houses. Merit President Bruce Bosse told 10News the Delta Zeta house cost $3.1 million.
"To be involved with the first two that [have] opened, it's just awesome," Bosse said.
The Delta Zeta house includes 24 bedrooms for its 43 members, according to the sorority. It said its freshman class will enter the house after "Bid Day" two weeks from now.
According to UT, the goal is to have the entirety of Sorority Village completed by late summer next year. It said in the interim, university housing will be made available to sorority members who are still waiting for their chapters' homes to be built.