'An evolutionary process'
The sketch of a possible new design for the AWAYSIS lodge that was shown during a recent Storm Lake City Council work session has led to some misunderstandings, according to city officials.
While the sketch was reflective of the Frank Lloyd Wright type of architecture rather than the previously discussed western arts and crafts style, "it was just an idea, a thought," city officials said in a statement on Friday.
The design process is an evolutionary one, according to the city leaders. "Many styles, concepts and plans are considered before any final design decisions are made.
"The sketch released at the work session was just another step in the process." Officials said that no final design decisions have been made, and those decisions are not expected to be made for several weeks.
"We remain committed to the original plan to build a unique facility with a significant 'Wow!' factor. We have not wavered from that intention and don't plan to. The design team understands what we want and is looking at a number of options to deliver what we need," said Mike Wilson, AWAYSIS project manager for the city. "We want to keep the community up to date on progress toward completing the lodge design, an in that light we released the sketch. I know everyone is excited and anxious to see the finished product, but I just ask everyone to be patient as we work through this process."
Wilson said he is confident that the design team will deliver a product that meets the community's expectations.