The most recent product of SAE’s ambition of consistent improvement is the completion of a fence in the back courtyard of our Indiana Gamma chapter. Constructed entirely by members of the chapter, this fence adds both visual appeal and functionality to what was previously just a parking lot.The construction took just over a month, and required a significant amount of hard-work and dedication, but eventually produced an admirable addition to the chapter.
The first step in the creation of the fence was to dig the holes that would eventually hold the fence posts in place. After the holes were completed, and the posts securely fixed in them, the next step was attaching the fence panels, which are 8 feet wide and 6 feet tall. To assure that the panels were securely fixed to the posts, we used bolts on the top and bottom thirds of the panels. These bolts were drilled through both the panels and the posts. At this point, all of the panels were in place, and the only task that remained was to create 3 gates and add lattice onto the top of the panels to add a professional look to the fence. The lattice was fairly straightforward; it was attached to the excess height on the posts that rose above the top of the fence panels. After that, we attached 2x4s across the top to create a frame for the lattice. To create the gates, we took the same panels used for the body of the fence (to retain uniformity) and cut these in half. We added hinges to the outsides, and carefully measured the lengths to prevent the gates from closing improperly. After that, we added the locks to the interior of the gate and the construction was complete aside from minor additions to refine the style of the fence.
Since the completion of this project, there have been several examples of instances that reinforced our theory of the fence’s positive impact on the chapter. First of all, the fence creates a separation between the courtyard and the parking lot, creating a location where everyone would rather spend their time. Not only that, but it created the perfect atmosphere for our philanthropy event “Bonnamu” that we hosted with Phi Mu, which was extremely successful and raised a significant amount of money for the Children’s Miracle Network organization. Our ability to close certain gates and provide only one entrance exponentially increased the organization of the event because it allowed us to concentrate the flow of guests to one location. Overall, the decision to add a fence to Gamma has already proved worthwhile.