Stewart recognized with an ACEC-SC Engineering Excellence Award

Stewart was honored to receive an Engineering Excellence Award from the ACEC-SC for this unique project at Molly Creek Access Way.

Molly Creek Access Way, owned by Duke Energy Carolinas, is a 100-acre park on Lake Wateree in Ridgeway, SC. The park includes two boat ramps, a floating dock, 0.80-acre swim beach, two fishing piers, picnic pavilions, restroom & changing room facilities, vehicle & boat parking, rain gardens, walking trails and amazing lake views.

Stewart was first hired by Duke Energy to prepare conceptual plans for this park in 2012. In 2019, Stewart’s Landscape Architecture and Civil Engineering services were retained again to update the plans to fully permit and build the park.

The client required park amenities that touched bodies of water and wetlands on the site exceeded the environmental impacts allowed with a Nationwide 401/404 permit through the Army Corps of Engineers. When the project did not qualify for this standard permitting process, the Stewart team quickly got to work on developing a solution to move the project forward.

After extensive collaboration with our subconsultant, Wetlands and Waters, we were able to obtain an individual permit for the construction of the entry road crossing a narrow causeway, the swim beach, fishing piers, and boat launch.

Due to the hard work and dedication of the project team, Molly Creek Access Way has become a recreational destination enjoyed by all.