Lewis Contractors Receives Three Baltimore Heritage Awards

Owings Mills, MD – Lewis Contractors is honored to have Baltimore Heritage recognize three of its projects at the 2013 Historic Preservation Awards.

“We are thrilled that these three projects, so closely tied to the historic fabric of Baltimore, have been celebrated by Baltimore Heritage,” said Tyler Tate, Vice President of Lewis Contractors. “Lewis takes great pride in its work at preserving the history of Baltimore and we truly enjoy working with wonderful teams of project owners, architects, engineers, and subcontractors.”

Baltimore Heritage, an organization devoted to promoting Baltimore’s historic buildings and neighborhoods, has recognized Baltimore’s best historic preservation projects and the accomplishments of local preservation for some 50 years. At this year’s awards ceremony, Lewis celebrated the recognition of three projects for which we served as construction manager.

The Baltimore Basilica (Restoration and Rehabilitation Award)

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary or Baltimore Basilica is  America’s First Roman Catholic Cathedral. After a successful restoration in 2006, Lewis returned to the Basilica to repair structural damage caused  by a 5.8-magnitude earthquake that shook the Mid-Atlantic in August 2011. Most of the damage occurred at the highest points of the Basilica.  The repair work included plaster demolition, masonry repairs, plaster repairs and painting of the interior and exterior elements of the church.  The erection of the scaffolding to reach the high ceilings of the cathedral took seven weeks to complete. Additionally, Lewis installed extensive decorative draping to conceal construction from the public view as all work was completed around weekend services and weddings.  All repairs were completed in time for Holy Week.

St. Mary’s Chapel (Restoration and Rehabilitation Award)

Built between 1806 and 1808 and designed by Maximilian Godefroy, St. Mary’s Chapel is known as Baltimore’s first Neo Gothic church. The restoration of this aging two century old chapel required extensive paint and plaster restoration, carpentry, marble, and tile work. The project is also the recipient of four craftsmanship awards from the Baltimore Building Congress and Exchange, and an Excellence in Construction Award from the Baltimore Metro ABC.

Everyman Theatre (Adaptive Reuse and Compatible Design Award)

Originally opened in 1910 as “The Empire,” the historic structure now is the new home of Everyman Theatre. It is the newest jewel in the West Side arts district of Baltimore. Lewis Contractors provided full preconstruction and construction services on the project. Key elements of the success of the project include forensic work to uncover the many features of a building that has had numerous personas. Comprehensive restoration and rehabilitation work was required to transform the building into a new 250 seat theater. Work on Everyman Theatre was completed in December 2012, on schedule and in time to launch the theater company’s highly anticipated 2013 inaugural season.

About Lewis Contractors

LEWIS BUILDS MARYLAND.  Lewis Contactors is a family owned and operated general contracting and construction management firm that engages in construction projects of all types for academic, institutional, industrial, medical, religious, commercial, defense, R&D, government, hospitality, and cultural clients since 1966. The company provides preconstruction, construction, and post construction services for projects throughout the Maryland region.

For more information on Lewis Contractors visit www.lewis-contractors.com.

General Inquiries: Ellington Churchill, Lewis Contractors, 410-356-4200.