The Latest from West Ashley


Community members heard from architects and saw renderings of the new Bees Ferry West Ashley Library on July 24. The 20,000-square foot facility will feature a 100-person auditorium, a small meeting room and two group study rooms as well as an instruction room with 10 computer stations. This branch will also feature a story time room in the Children’s area, a family restroom as well as a nursing room.

Construction is scheduled to begin in early 2018 and is expected to be completed by early 2019.


Presentation: Bees Ferry West Ashley

Location Features

20,000 square feet
An auditorium that can seat 100
A small meeting room and two group study rooms
An instructional room with 10 computer stations
A storytime room in the Children's area
A family restroom and a nursing room 

Project Timeline

Bees Ferry design development nears completion

September 26, 2017

The Bees Ferry West Ashley design team is nearing completion of the design development stage, the second stage of the design process. Once design development is finalized, MB Kahn will begin working on the final cost estimates.
Design presented at community meeting

July 24, 2017

The design team presented their progress to date during a community meeting at the Drayton Hall Elementary School cafeteria, and attendees were encouraged to participate in a question and answer session with CCPL, County and contractor representatives.
Schematic design wraps up

May 25, 2017

The West Ashley design team has wrapped up schematic design. A detailed review of the design and preliminary cost estimates began shortly after. The design team started design development in late May.
Bees Ferry design progresses

April 4, 2017

The design team made great progress throughout the month and met regularly with County and CCPL staff. Additional meetings to finalize the schematic design were scheduled throughout month.
Site selected, design process kicks off

March 17, 2017

The specific site boundaries for the new West Ashley branch have been finalized. Charleston County issued the contractor a Notice to Proceed in early February, which authorized design work to begin at this location. A kick-off meeting was held March 9 to officially start the design work on the new West Ashley location.
CCPL targets Bees Ferry site location with county, district leaders

January 5, 2017

County and Library staff met with the Charleston County School District planning team during the beginning of December to coordinate the specific site location for the new West Ashley branch. The design team is in the process of finalizing initial site studies in preparation for conceptual building design.