On May 21st, presentations from Liollio Architecture, LS3P and McMillian, Pazdan and Smith Architecture were made to the Municipal Center Committee in a public meeting. The presentations provided concepts of how a new municipal center could look and function within the future. These presentations were part of the RFP process that the Town initiated in March.
After discussion and comments from both the committee and community members in attendance, the Municipal Center Committee recommended selecting the firm LS3P.
Phase 1 Complete
Phase 1 was to select three firms to proceed to Phase 2 of the selection process. The proposals were due April 15th and the committee met on April 16th.
With the Betsy Kerrison site clear, the Town of Kiawah Island began taking steps to enhance the beauty of the property, including mowing, grading and hydro seeding. Other improvements to the site also include arbor care for the Grand Oak tree in the center of the property to ensure its health and longevity as a focal point of the site.
A Request for Proposal (RFP) for architectural services was published on March 23rd. It invited architectural firms to propose building and site designs.
The Town acquired 27.7 acres of property, of which 18 acres are high ground, along Betsy Kerrison Parkway at a cost of $2 million. This property was annexed into the corporate limits of the Town for the purposes of constructing a new Municipal Center
The Mayor formed a Municipal Center Committee (MCC) to spearhead the project. The Committee is chaired by Councilman, John Labriola and includes Councilwoman, Mary Johnson, Roger Warren, Mark Permar and Dan Prickett. The MCC will coordinate and advise Town Council on the design, planning, and construction of the new Municipal Complex. Committee meetings will be held biweekly on Thursdays at 3 pm and all meetings are open to the public.
At the March 1st Town Council meeting, the Kiawah Island Town Council approved the construction of a new Municipal Center for $9.25M. They also approved the Thomas Construction Group as the General Contractor with a bid of $7.3M. Councilman John Labriola, who is also chair of the Municipal Center Committee, stated “this decision represents a major milestone for the Town to construct a new Town Hall on the Betsy Kerrison site and become the “Gateway” to Kiawah.” It is anticipated that site work will begin by the end of March.