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Press Release: Jan., 2010
|James M. Mahon|
The Wilderman Group Tapped to Manage Richmond Hill City Center
The City Council of Richmond Hill, GA named The Wilderman Group of Johns Island, SC to manage the Richmond Hill City Center, the new 23,300 square-foot meeting and event venue in Georgia’s Coastal Region. Michael Melton, City Manager, said The Wilderman Group was selected following an extensive search for the most appropriate hospitality management firm to manage the new center which is currently under construction. A grand opening is scheduled for early spring 2010.
According to John Wilderman, President of The Wilderman Group, the project was an ideal fit for all involved. “We recognized a dedication to the project within the City Council that went beyond a general management contract. We found a willingness to partner with each other along with a commitment to environmental stewardship and strong allegiance to the community.”
According to Mr. Melton, The Richmond Hill City Center will be the first commercial facility in Bryan County certified by the US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). LEED-certification provides “building operators and owners a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations, and maintenance solutions.” LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system that provides third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts. Green buildings are safer, healthier, more comfortable, and more durable than conventional structures.
This means the Richmond Hill City Center meets the stringent standards for materials and resources utilized in the project where more than 30% of the materials were extracted, processed and manufactured locally.
The Richmond Hill City Center is designed to host a variety of event types and sizes including larger conferences with simultaneous break-outs sessions. The ballroom, which will serve as the main meeting room, will feature 3,370 square feet of space with a capacity of 495 guests for receptions and 240 for banquets. The room can be divided to create six unique configurations that can serve nearly any seating arrangement for meetings or social occasions. The meeting rooms have direct access through French doors onto a spacious wrap-around covered verandah that overlooks the beautiful coastal marshlands and nature trails.
On the second floor, there will be two additional meeting rooms for break-out sessions or smaller meetings and an Executive Board Room. For receptions and themed events, the casual and comfortable dining room will accommodate up to 60 guests. In total, the Richmond Hill City Center will feature eight different meeting rooms designed to maximize efficiency, productivity and comfort. The new facility will also feature a full-service Business Center that will provide technology services, administrative support, and Concierge assistance for receptions and event coordination.
Kristin Kurie, Vice President of New Business for The Wilderman Group, commented that the Richmond Hill is “a forward-thinking community that clearly defines social responsibility. The City Center will be perfectly appropriate from the community and the region. This project will introduce not only jobs to the community, but an opportunity to generate considerable new interest in Richmond Hill as well as increase revenue and maintain a leadership position in social responsibility as exemplified in the mutual commitment to environmental sustainability.