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City of MB makes progress on dual performing arts center, amphitheater project

(Source: Myrtle Beach Convention Center Facebook page) (Source: Myrtle Beach Convention Center Facebook page)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Wednesday saw the City of Myrtle Beach move another step forward in its plans to build a dual performing arts center and amphitheater.

The committee charged with the task of selecting the design team met to discuss teams of architects, engineers and contractors who are each trying to get the job.

It was a significant step because once a design team is picked, the project can get rolling. Eight teams submitted pitches.They were each scored on things like experience, past records with the city, and more.

The committee was looking for a team able to prove it is capable of handling the massive project.

“Decided which three of those are the top based on the scoring, and we're ready to move forward with the RFP--- request for proposals," explained Paul Edwards, General Manager of the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, also a committee member.

The performing arts center and amphitheater will be nestled just behind the convention center and beside the Myrtle Beach Sports Complex, making it a kind of "entertainment campus" off Oak Street.

The scores were tallied, and three teams were selected. Those three chosen teams will create their proposals, sketches, or models of their design, within the city’s $10 million budget.

Edwards said the project is entirely in the hands of the teams at this point. They will have to be creative to put together a plan with the money they’ve got.

As far as the performing arts center, "600 to 650 as far as seats,” Edwards said. “We're making that the minimum."

The PAC will open up into an outdoor amphitheater.

“If you look at the size of the property based on the pavilion site where the city has the country music concert, we have about two or three more acres than they do at the Pavilion site,” according to Edwards. “We're talking in the 16,000 range for capacity."

The project has the potential to propel Myrtle Beach onto major recording artist tour schedules for the first time. The teams will have time to put together their design-build bids. Within the next 60 to 90 days a design will be picked at another meeting, but it will be another six months or so before construction will start, Edwards said.

"Looked at a one year build period,” he added. “But the starting of the breaking ground and building process was the first quarter of 2017 which would have the project finished 2018 first quarter."

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