March 2, 2017 – The $6.5M restoration of the over 200-year-old monument received national recognition at this year’s Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) National Excellence in Construction Awards in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Lewis Contractors, the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy and those involved in the eighteen-month restoration of the Baltimore Washington Monument were awarded a National Excellence in Construction Eagle Award which was top honor in the category of Historical Restoration/Renovation under $25 million at the 27th annual award ceremony.
The industry leading competition honors the nation’s best-of-the-best construction projects selected by a panel of industry experts from around the country based on complexity, attractiveness, unique challenges overcome, completion time, workmanship, innovations, safety and cost.
This latest honor brings the Monument’s award count to eleven, making it one of Maryland’s most awarded restoration/preservation projects in history.
It’s not surprising that a restoration of such excellence has garnered such a long list of awards and honors,” said Nicholas Redding, Executive Director of Preservation Maryland. “To have a project of this caliber in Baltimore’s backyard is an outstanding accomplishment for not only the project team but the Baltimore preservation community as a whole.”
“Everyone involved with this project recognized that this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to restore an incredibly rare nationally-important historic monument, which posed a number of unique design and construction challenges,” notes Dr. Lance Humphries, Executive Director of the Mount Vernon Place Conservancy. “From our thoughtful design team, to our careful craftsmen under Lewis Contractors’ watchful eye, everyone gave 100%–and the results show. We are honored that their collective dedication is being recognized on the national level. ”
Kathleen Lane, Executive Director of the Baltimore AIA observed of this latest honor: “The Baltimore AIA and the Baltimore Architecture Foundation awarded this project four awards recognizing the preservation project design, the project’s management and craftsmanship, and the stewardship of this national asset. That this outstanding project is recognized on the national level speaks to the talent and resources we have in Baltimore to do top notch work.”
The Baltimore Washington Monument was designed by American architect Robert Mills, who later designed the Washington Monument in the nation’s capital. Construction began on the Baltimore column on July 4, 1815, making it the first Monument begun in Washington’s honor, and was largely complete when the statue of Washington was raised to its pinnacle in 1829.
This award is Lewis Contractors’ sixth National Excellence in Construction Eagle Award. Other projects awarded in the firm’s history include: Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello Roof Restoration in Charlottesville, VA, 1993; Woodbrook Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church in Baltimore, MD, 1995; St. Vincent de Paul Church Restoration in Baltimore, MD, 1998; Lovely Lane Church Restoration in Baltimore, MD, 2004; and a historic barn restoration for a private client in Hampstead, MD, 2004.
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