Town of Kiawah Island Municipal Center

Kiawah Island, SC

In early 2015 the Town of Kiawah Island chose LS3P to design their new Municipal Complex. The Town had outgrown their previous Town Hall and their current Town Hall was on a much too small a site, and was considerably under-parked. The site they selected is located at the end of the Betsy Kerrison Parkway on the left just before crossing the Kiawah River. It is a 27 acre site (former farmland) of which 18 acres is high ground. Only a portion of the site was needed for the building and associated parking. The balance of the site is being considered for alternate outdoor venues such as for performing arts or festivals.

The Municipal Center includes approximately 18,600 SF of conditioned space housing around 30 employees plus a 6-bay garage for the Town’s wildlife and utility vehicles. To avoid flood plain concerns the building pad and grade around the building was filled into a level of 1-foot above the design flood elevation. The building design is inspired by the arts and crafts style of architecture using vernacular materials and site elements of a plantation style with colonnades of trees lining vistas.