January 29, 2019 – Lewis Contractors of Owings Mills, Maryland, has been contracted by the York County History Center, formerly known as the York County Heritage Trust, for its new headquarters and museum. The project involves a renovation of the former Met-Ed building—once a steam heat generating plant—and the construction of a link addition that will bridge to the adjacent structure on the north east corner of West Philadelphia Street and North Pershing Avenue in downtown York, Pennsylvania.
The newly created space will house a museum, library & archives which will consolidate two larger museums into one core exhibit and provide suitable space for borrowed exhibits, allowing for more frequent rotation of exhibits and artifacts. York County History Center says the project will, “address new audience expectations, advances in technology, evolving educational needs and variability in economic conditions.” The project, when complete, will serve as a major cultural keystone to the York community.
The project team also includes Capital Construction Management as Owner’s Representative, Warehaus, Barton Associates, Carney Engineering Group and PRD Group for exhibit design. The new York County History Center is slated to open in 2021.
“Having grown up in York, I am delighted at this opportunity to return and have a role in this revitalization of York’s historic downtown. Lewis is thrilled to be a part of the team that will create a new home for the York County History Center that will realize the organization’s hard-won goal of a centralized, more accessible location in a building that will stand the test of time,” said Tyler Tate, President of Lewis Contractors.