Eastwood named Government Engineer of the Year

Honor accorded to county’s director of Capital Projects Division

Carolyn Eastwood. Photo courtesy Sarasota County

Carolyn Eastwood, director ofSarasota County’s Capital Projects Division, recently was named Government Engineer of the Year for 2019 by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Suncoast Branch, the county has announced.

“The award recognizes excellence in the government engineering field, the civil engineers’ essential role in society, and the ongoing commitment to strategic and operational effectiveness,” a news release says.

Founded in 1868, the ASCE represents civil engineering professionals in 177 countries.

“It was an honor to be selected by my colleagues, and to be a member of such a storied organization,” said Eastwood in the release. “The award is a testament to the leadership at Sarasota County Government, the hard work of my team, and our continued commitment to the responsible stewardship of public dollars,” she added in the release

Eastwood was named Capital Projects director in October 2018, the release continues. In that role, “she provides leadership, management and supervision to all elements of the county’s Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for all departments and CIP areas,” including but not limited to Utilities, Transportation, Stormwater, Facilities, Emergency Services and Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources, the release explains. Eastwood has been with Sarasota County for more than 20 years.

Among her responsibilities, Eastwood is overseeing the completion of the new Atlanta Braves Spring Training Stadium in South County. (See the related article in this issue.)

Among upcoming county capital projects are the Peace River Watermain and Potable Water Transmission Main, construction of fire stations on Bee Ridge Road, Apex Road and on Siesta Key and The Legacy Trail Extension Project, the release points out.