Mead & Hunt achieves engineering excellence with community-focused projects in South Carolina
February 13, 2019
Mead & Hunt was recently honored with two awards at the Engineering Excellence Award Gala hosted by the American Council of Engineering Companies of South Carolina. This annual event celebrates outstanding engineering achievements throughout the state. Projects are evaluated on innovation, public perception, economic and sustainable considerations, among other criteria.
The Historic Glendale Iron Pedestrian Bridge won the Engineering Excellence Award in the Special Projects category. Located in Spartanburg County, this structure received new life after Mead & Hunt led the rehabilitation process through an intricate design and construction process. The people of Spartanburg County were highly involved in the process. Preserving the bridge’s historic properties was crucial, as was preserving the unique ecosystem of Glendale Shoals Preserve. With a design that mimics its original form, the pedestrian bridge now serves as a focal point in the County.
In addition to receiving an Engineering Excellence Award, this unique project was selected as an ACEC Finalist and is eligible for recognition at ACEC national. Mead & Hunt shares this distinction with our client, the South Carolina Department of Transportation, as well as the bridge’s owner, Spartanburg County.
Mead & Hunt was also recognized for their efforts on the Horry County RIDE II 100-mile Dirt Road Paving Program. A State Finalist for an Engineering Excellence Award, Mead & Hunt managed this program funded by Horry County’s penny sales tax program. Our team collaborated with 1,800 individual property owners to find solutions and ease their design concerns. By listening to each individual and understanding what they needed, we achieved significant public buy-in. Placing Horry County and its citizens first allowed Mead & Hunt to complete the paving program $51.7 million under budget – a 47% savings.
Mead & Hunt fully integrated their team into Horry County’s operations, creating a seamless transition of duties within the program. Not only do we share this achievement with the County, but we are thrilled to have facilitated this program updating Horry County’s roadway infrastructure.
Both the Historic Glendale Iron Pedestrian Bridge and the RIDE II 100-mile Dirt Road Paving Program are projects that enhance their communities. Mead & Hunt is proud to have been involved with both projects, our clients, project stakeholders and the citizens of Spartanburg County and Horry County.
Mead & Hunt is an employee-owned firm with more than 700 technical, professional and support staff who provide professional consulting services to clients nationwide. The firm remains strong on Engineering News Record‘s Top 500 design firm list with a national ranking of 139th in 2018. Mead & Hunt was named by CE News as one of the top 10 engineering companies to work for in the nation.
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