CONTRACT AWARDED FOR NORTHERN BEAUFORT COUNTY CONFERENCE CENTER CHARETTE

May 20, 2010


LS3P Associates Chosen to Conduct Northern Beaufort County Conference Center Charette

(Beaufort, SC) – The Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce Visitor & Convention Bureau (VCB) Conference Center Committee has chosen LS3P Associates, Ltd. to conduct a public charette to help determine feasibility and potential locations of a conference center in Northern Beaufort County.  LS3P Associates, Ltd. will be partnering with Ward Edwards and Hill Construction to guide and direct the charette process, develop programming and to recommend a preferred site for the location of a conference center.  The VCB will be soliciting site submissions via advertising and public notices and the charette will be conducted in mid-late July, 2010.

The Conference Center Committee, in conjunction with the Visitor & Convention Bureau evaluated five proposals to select a firm for developing and conducting the charette services, along with providing a list of potential conference center locations. The VCB Conference Center Committee members scored the proposals according to criteria as set forth in the RFP.  The group led by LS3P was the unanimous choice among the committee, chosen for their proven ability in conducting charettes for varied project types and clients, experience with the site selection and design of conference centers and knowledge of the Beaufort, Port Royal and Sea Islands area.

The purpose of the charette is to assist the Conference Center Committee in soliciting public input while managing the process to yield the best results.  The outcome of the charette is expected to produce the following results:
1. Establish guiding principles and criteria for the conference center – ex. location, physical attributes, LEED Certified Building, etc.
2. Prepare space needs program and appropriate size requirements for the facility.
3. Evaluate and Rank prospective locations for the conference center.

The estimated timeline is as follows:
• Public announcement for site submissions and qualifications:  week of May 29
• Public Charette and venue location:  mid-late July, 2010
• Charette findings and report: September 2010

The Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce Visitor & Convention Bureau (VCB) is the non-profit, 501(c) (6), Designated Marketing Organization (DMO) for the City of Beaufort, the Town of Port Royal and the unincorporated Sea Island regions of northern Beaufort County. The VCB partners with private and public organizations, businesses and government to increase economic development for the area and to improve the quality of life for its residents. (www.beaufortsc.org)
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