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City of Lake City


Lake City, SC


Commercial / Government




City of Lake City
Community Center Building

Conversion Study and Design

In the summer of 2020, GMK Associates assisted the City of Lake City, SC, with initial evaluations and conceptual plans for the potential conversion and upfit of an existing building for future use as a “community center” for the residents of Lake City. GMK completed a study of a currently vacant building located on Cole Road that was formerly occupied by Florence-Darlington Technical College. The intent of the study was to determine project feasibility, potential conceptual designs, and preliminary cost estimates/schedules for repurposing the building as a community events center. This new building would potentially host events such as weddings, community meetings, classes, etc., to serve the needs of City residents. The facility would also include athletic facilities such as a basketball/multi-use court and other amenities.

GMK conducted building walk-throughs and evaluations of the existing site conditions, structure, mechanical/electrical/plumbing systems, building envelope and other parameters related to the future conversion. GMK then developed multiple floor plan layouts and building elevation concepts for consideration. Based on the intended project objectives, available budgets, and various end-user requirements, GMK completed preliminary 3D modeled renderings that included an exterior view of the building (building shell, exterior finishes, and surrounding soft and hard landscape context) and colored floor plan showing the appropriate materials, dynamic lighting, and HDRI background.

Following the completion of the study, GMK was selected by the City through a competitive solicitation process to complete architectural and engineering design services to move the project from concept through construction.

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