The South Carolina Chapter of APWA is proud to announce the winners of the 2020 Annual State Awards. While these awards are typically presented at the annual conference, we are in different times. The awards will be formally presented to the winners at a later date.
2020 Outstanding Public Works Manager of the Year- Eric Lutz, City of Folly Beach
Eric began his careerwith the City of Folly Beach in the Building Department, quickly rising up to the rank of Building Official in 2008. In 2014, Eric skillfully blended the Public Works Director and Building Official into a hybrid role consolidating departments. Eric’s leadership and organization skills have transformed the City’s Public Works Department. Eric works tirelessly to support sanitation operations, beach renourishment projects, capital projects and even code enforcement. He is beloved by his team, respected and admired by the citizens and a truly indispensable asset to the City.
2020 Public Works Project of the Year- Connecting the Creek
This project was awarded under the category of Structures and/or Historical Restoration to Town of Mt. Pleasant and Thomas & Hutton. Shem Creek Park is a major development in Mt. Pleasant. Due to the exponential growth over the last ten years, Shem Creek has turned into a vibrant social setting that needed improvements for pedestrian access and safety. Phase 3 of the project included the construction of a pedestrian bridge to connect one side of the creek to the other and a public park. The waterfront park and boardwalks along the creek brought a level of accessibility and safety to Shem Creek’s recreational, dining and entertainment opportunities.
2020 Public Works Project of the Year- Cotton Mill Stream Restoration
The City of Rock Hill and Hazen and Sawyer won for this project in the Environmental category. The Cotton Mill Stream Restoration aimed to mitigate bank erosion that frequently occurred along the section of the stream between Allen and Main Streets. The project also eliminated invasive species along the stream banks. During heavy downpours, the existing channel often became overwhelmed, causing increased velocity and bank erosion. The existing box culvert under Allen Street was upgrade in 2015 to reduce overtopping of the road. The goal of the project was to improve water quality by reducing stream velocity, reducing erosion, eliminating invasive species and increasing dissolved oxygen in the stream.