When Henry H. Lewis founded his construction company in 1966, he adhered to three basic principles: integrity—be honest, truthful, and fair with customers and subcontractors alike; quality—leave behind successful projects that are nothing short of ‘world class’; and client advocacy—starting in preconstruction, leave no stone unturned in maximizing value, leveraging experience, and minimizing headaches for the customer. In the ensuing decades, Henry built a successful business and a golden reputation based on these three principles. They are the very same principles we live by today.
Lewis Contractors has flourished over the years by enjoying the greatest compliment its clients could bestow: repeat business. By focusing on Metropolitan Baltimore’s most venerable institutions—private schools, colleges, churches and medical care facilities—we have developed a vast knowledge of building issues, a proven ability to stage and phase construction in and around occupied buildings and sites, and experience working with committees.
We draw upon our history and experience as we continue to embrace positive change in the construction industry. Starting in the late 1980s, we began to perform CM-at-Risk projects. Moving with industry developments, we compete for an increasing number of construction management contracts each year. CM-at-Risk projects now encompass a majority of our workload. Through these experiences, we have developed a reputation as a proactive construction manager who thinks ahead. Today, institutional and academic projects comprise approximately three-quarters of our total work volume, with projects ranging in size from tens of thousands to tens of millions of dollars.
We have also embraced the industry-wide changes manifested in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification process. As the US Green Building Council’s LEED program grew in prominence, Lewis Contractors constructed more and more projects featuring green building elements, such as recycled materials, geothermal wells, green roofs, and the like. Today, we construct an increasing number of projects that seek to attain some level of LEED certification—ranging from LEED Certified to Silver to Platinum—or comply with Baltimore City Sustainability Requirements. We have four LEED Accredited Professionals and one LEED Green Associate on staff, with additional employees training for the same.
Our long-standing reputation within the industry across many segments has equipped us with a wealth of experience, as well as a large following of trusted and skilled subcontractors to draw upon within the Baltimore region.
Lewis is a family-owned and operated business. In 2003, Lewis Contractors became affiliated with Stewart & Tate, Inc., a York, Pennsylvania-based construction organization. Lewis has been a wholly-owned subsidiary of Stewart & Tate since 2008. Many of our most notable restoration projects took place under this ownership structure. Through Stewart & Tate, Lewis is a member of the Stewart Companies, a family-owned collection of businesses that specialize in construction, mining, construction materials and real estate development, among other disciplines. This relationship enhances Lewis’ depth of management, technical background and service offerings.
Backing Lewis’ management is a diverse staff of about 60—estimators, project managers, superintendents, carpenters and laborers—with a company-wide average tenure of 15 years. Such low employee turnover is due in large part to our training programs and interesting mix of work assignments, as well as our safety program, health insurance, 401K and vacation benefits. Satisfied employees help attract quality subcontractors and material vendors. We enjoy our work—our clients benefit.