Just a few weeks away from the 10th anniversary of the opening of The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort. This week, aerial shots of The Sanctuary under construction. For months and months, dump truck came onto Kiawah Island, bringing in a quarter million tons of dirt to raise the entire Sanctuary construction site from it’s original level of 6 feet above sea level to 21 feet, high enough to protect against storm surges and, also, for guests to stand anywhere in the first floor lobby and see the tide breaking at mid-tide.
With the 15 foot elevation change, designers were able to design underground walkways and storage areas. These walkways allows all equipment movement t happen underground, away from the presence of guests, making for a more enjoyable stay for all.
By the end of 2002, a broad outline of the Sanctuary under construction is taking shape.
By early 2003, the construction site is a bee hive of activity.
By April 2003, vertical construction has begun.
By July, the building is starting to take shape.
By the end of 2003, the major exterior construction was nearly finished.
By the spring of 2004, landscaping has begun to be planted to allow maximum time to mature by opening. Most of the interior work was underway.
By the summer of 2004, most of the work had been completed with the final work on the pool area under construction.
All those months of work to produce one of the great seaside destinations in the world!