By Jennifer Tuohy, Island Eye News Editor
Photos by Steve Rosamilia
Sullivan’s Island’s new Town Hall received its “topping off” Thursday, March 3, 2016. Members of town council and the crew who are working on the building attended a short ceremony to watch the last structural beam be lowered into place. The building is scheduled for completion in August 2016.
“This event marks the middle of the project,” Mayor Pro Tem Chauncey Clark said during a brief speech. “This is when we really recognize those who made it what it is today.”
Clark, who is overseeing the project for town council, then called up each member of the Hill Construction crew who has worked on the framing of the building to recognize them for their hard work so far.
Councilmembers proceeded to lead the small audience on a tour of the interior of the building, which is now fully framed.
Clocking in at a little over 13,000 square foot, the building, situated between the Red Wood Fire Station and J. Marshall Stith Park, faces Middle Street and will also house the town’s police department.
Built to withstand a category 4 hurricane, it will provide safety and emergency readiness for the town, serving as an Emergency Operations Center when necessary, as well as being a touch point for residents for all necessary town services.
Town Administrator Andy Benke said the project is currently a little under its $3.9 million budget, which includes enhancements to the neighboring park.
“We are working to cut corners everywhere to save money, but without compromising safety and quality,” Clark said.
The Town is planning a larger, grand opening celebration to mark the project completion and occupancy toward the end of the summer.