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Sandcastle Renovation Plans Presented to KICA Board

After years of discussion and planning, the Sandcastle is one step closer to getting a significant upgrade. At the May KICA Board of Directors meeting, representatives from Bello|Garris Architects presented early conceptual plans for additions and renovations to the 21-year-old community center, while members in attendance asked questions and provided feedback.

Though the plans are still in the early phases, a few key project and building goals were outlined:

• Emphasize and enhance the visual connection to the beach/ocean
• Expand the size of the group fitness studio by 42%
• Add new oceanfront adult pool and deck (existing pool remains)
• Improve parking
• Provide a stronger connection between interior and exterior
• Improve interior aesthetics and functionality
• Relocate the bar to an ocean view location

During our initial planning and research, we found that the Sandcastle’s best assets were the incredible views,” said Eddie Bello from Bello|Garris. “Unfortunately, these views were really only available from the second floor. We wanted to really connect the entire facility to the world-class beach.”

The two main features of the plans were the expansion of the group fitness studio and the addition of a brand new pool, located on the beachside of the facility (the current pool would remain as-is). Envisioned as a more “adult” recreational experience, the pool would also include ample deck space and lounge seating. The initial concept includes an infinity edge with unobstructed views of the beach/ocean, and multi-purpose lawn spaces that could be used for yoga, small events, etc. Near the new pool, where the current ping-pong table and porch area reside, a new covered bar would be added.

In addition to the reconfiguring of the first floor to accommodate more room for fitness, the second floor would remain similar to its current state, though planners proposed turning the library into a more active lounge area with a TV and seating. Both floors would receive all new finishes for a revitalized look and feel.

Following the presentation, members were given the opportunity to provide feedback and ask questions. The board and architects plan on using this feedback to help refine the project as it moves forward.

While these plans are still in the early stages, the board and planning group are pursuing a fairly aggressive schedule. The goal is to have the project completed and in service by summer 2018.

The full presentation and Q&A session are available on the KICA YouTube channel (youtube.com/kiawahisland1976). Additional conceptual images from the presentation can also be viewed at kica.us/sandcastlerenovations. If you have questions, comments or feedbacks on the plan, please send them to [email protected].