Architectural review process delays cruise terminal opening

By Matt Tomsic
mtomsic@scbiznews.com
Published Feb. 9, 2012

The opening of Charleston’s new cruise terminal has been pushed to mid-2013 because of time added by a voluntary architectural review process.

S.C. State Ports Authority spokeswoman Allison Skipper said the target date was the end of 2012 before the ports authority decided to submit its project to the Board of Architectural Review, which wasn’t required since the project is a conversion of an existing building that isn’t historic.

The board approved the conceptual plans for the cruise terminal in August but deferred preliminary approval in October, when board members asked designers to improve three of the building’s facades.

A month later, the board gave preliminary approval; and since then, designers have been working toward final approval, which might happen in a month or two, Skipper said.

If the ports authority receives final approval, it will open the project for bids and begin construction, which is expected to take about a year.

“Our purpose for entering the BAR process was to gain some additional input, and we’ve received that along the way,” Skipper said. “I think it’s been valuable.”

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