November 6, 2013 -Lewis Contractors broke ground for the new Parks & People Foundation headquarters building in Druid Hill Park. State and city officials joined civic leaders to kick off the future Center for Parks & People with a dedication and ground breaking ceremony held Monday November 4th . The ceremony marks the beginning of construction of the Parks & People Foundation’s new headquarters building named The Sally & Butch Michel Center for Parks & People.
Sitting on a 9-acre site at 2100 Liberty Heights Avenue in Baltimore, the site is bounded by Liberty Heights Avenue, Auchentoroly Terrace, and Reisterstown Road. The 10,000 SF development will include the foundation’s new main headquarters building that will include an ecology center designed to accommodate children and adults, offering laboratory space for scientific research, environmental education, job training and career development. Construction of the facility is slated to take 12 months.
The groundbreaking marks the beginning of a second phase of work that Lewis Contractors will complete for the Parks & People Foundation at Auchentoroly Terrace. Serving as the Foundation’s construction manager, Lewis is completing final touches to the project’s first phase which included the 4,400 SF restoration and rehabilitation of the Superintendent’s house at Druid Hill Park—a historic structure built around 1872 that has twice been the victim of arson in the past few decades. Of note, the Superintendent’s House was originally designed by George A. Frederick, the architect of Baltimore’s City Hall.
Being a foundation dedicated to supporting a wide range of recreational and educational opportunities and promoting a healthy natural environment for Baltimore, both phases of the Parks & People Foundation project will be seeking a LEED Platinum Certification.
Click here to view more progress photos of the work being done at Druid Hill Park.