February 21, 2018 – Lewis Contractors, Maryland’s most awarded construction firm, was recently recognized with four additional awards—three for restoration of historic buildings and a fourth for the construction of an innovative laboratory dedicated to research associated with Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay.
First, Maryland Historical Trust honored Lewis with its Sustainability Award for the restoration of the Superintendent’s House at Druid Hill Park; now home to the Parks & People Foundation. Prior to its restoration, this more than 100-year old home had fallen into complete disrepair with a collapsed roof, and a front and rear wall collapse. Before restoration could begin, Lewis stabilized the building to mitigate damage from two fires, a felled tree, vegetation covering virtually every wall, and general deterioration. All the historic stone was salvaged, categorized, and numbered for reconstruction, the trussed slate roof replaced, and new windows, trim and the porch completely restored with period-matched replicas. The interior was rebuilt and now houses community gathering spaces. The Superintendent’s House is adjacent to the headquarters building, the Sally and Butch Michel Center, also built by Lewis. The projects together received LEED Platinum certification, the highest sustainability award available, and have been previously honored by awards from Urban Land Institute, US Green Building Council, and Associated Builders & Contractors.
The second Maryland Historical Trust award, given to Lewis for Community Improvement, honored the firm’s work for the Havre de Grace Opera House. This nearly 150-year old, two story structure was also the victim of a fire and during a previous renovation had been reduced to its current two story height. The Opera House is now fully ADA compliant, has both a black box theater as well as a traditional performance venue, offices, public areas and will ultimately be tied to the adjacent fire hall’s banquet room to serve more than 100 patrons. Among the many unique features of this project was the reworking of the theater’s historic tin ceiling and its three—part crown molding which was removed, reconfigured and reinstalled to accommodate the new sprinkler system, lighting and control room. This work, completed by Lewis forces, is virtually invisible to the untrained eye. Like the Superintendent’s House, the Havre de Grace Opera House has also been honored with an award for construction excellence from Associated Builders & Contractors.
The Board of Directors of the Preservation Alliance of Baltimore County voted on its Preservation Awards for 2018 and honored Lewis Contractors with their Public Building Preservation Restoration Award for the work done to the Hilton Mansion on the CCBC campus. This 19th century structure, originally the manor house for the property, has been sensitively restored for use as instructional, office and public space by staff, students and alumnae. Among the many improvements to the building are the restoration and replacement of an original Tiffany light fixture which was restored and returned to Hilton Mansion by a member of the Preservation Alliance.
Most recently, the US Green Building Council’s Wintergreen Award for Green Schools for Higher Education also honored Lewis and the University of Maryland’s Center for Environmental Sciences Chesapeake Biological Laboratory’s R.V. Truitt building in Solomons, MD. Located at the very mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, this laboratory building includes five seawater labs, four research labs, seven environmental rooms, supporting offices, conference rooms and more. The proper care and support Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay is a vital endeavor, and one that is supported through research and understanding; adding to the importance of this unique LEED Gold project. Supporting other UMCESC buildings on site, this new laboratory enables the State to continue its leading role in research.
Lewis Contractors prides itself as being a leader in constructing projects which support and enhance our environment—from constructing new energy-efficient facilities to saving and restoring historic structures throughout our State.