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Mar 08 2016

Town Hall Gets ‘Topped Off’

By Jennifer Tuohy, Island Eye News Editor

Photos by Steve Rosamilia

Inside the new Town Hall, the council chambers will be in this room.

Inside the new Town Hall, the council chambers will be in this room.

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.

The final structural beam is lowered into place on Sullivan’s Island’s new Town Hall.

The final structural beam is lowered into place on Sullivan’s Island’s new Town Hall.

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.”

Construction crew members, town staff and town councilmembers attended the “topping off” ceremony, March 3.

Construction crew members, town staff and town councilmembers attended the “topping off” ceremony, March 3.

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.

Chauncey Clark adds his signature to those of crew members and other interested parties before the beam is placed in the roof of the town hall.

Chauncey Clark adds his signature to those of crew members and other interested parties before the beam is placed in the roof of the town hall.

Councilmembers proceeded to lead the small audience on a tour of the interior of the building, which is now fully framed.

Members of Hill Construction prepare the beam for its placement.

Members of Hill Construction prepare the beam for its placement.

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.

Town Administrator Andy Benke gets comfortable in the new police station.

Town Administrator Andy Benke gets comfortable in the new police station.

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.

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