LS3P’s founder, Frank E. Lucas, FAIA, was recently awarded the Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina’s highest civilian honor. The award was presented at a celebration with LS3P shareholders on Thursday, April 15 at Middleton Place in Charleston by Thompson E. Penney, FAIA, LS3P Chairman|President|CEO with a video from Governor Nikki Haley.
The Order of the Palmetto is awarded to SC citizens who have contributed “extraordinary lifetime services and achievements of national or statewide significance.” Mr. Lucas, a Charleston native, began practicing architecture in 1963 as a one-man firm. Over more than five decades, his contributions to the built environment included Charleston’s award-winning Gaillard Auditorium, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Tower near Columbia, the Charleston Water Systems building, Charleston International Airport, and the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce. He was also instrumental in the redevelopment of Charleston’s City Market, a major visitor attraction and catalyst for redevelopment on the peninsula.
In a letter of support for Mr. Lucas’s nomination, Former Mayor Joseph P. Riley wrote, “whenever there was a community initiative that needed solid, blue-chip support, Frank Lucas would be the first person one would go to…I don’t know of a person finer than Frank Lucas. He came from modest circumstances, has become enormously successful with all the natural, hard-earned benefits that you would imagine, yet his natural graciousness and humility have never changed.”
Congratulations to Mr. Lucas on this well deserved award!