Through Lewis Contractors’ Efforts, Church of the Resurrection Rises to New Heights

July 15, 2019 – Lewis Contractors has reached another significant construction milestone at the Church of the Resurrection in Lutherville, MD with the erection of the building’s pre-finished timber trusses, completing the exterior framing of the new church. The project recently entered a new phase of construction as cranes hoisted the custom-made heavy timber trusses into place. Each of the timber trusses—all affixed to structural steel framing—span an impressive 34 feet in length and boldly define the interior worship space. Two cross trusses at the sanctuary transept and eleven standard trusses now outline the rooftop and will remain exposed until the roof sheathing is installed. Once the sanctuary’s roof and ceiling are complete, a final finish coat will be applied to the trusses to further add to their strong architectural presence within the new sanctuary.

Construction is also underway for the final portion of the new building, a small chapel meant to serve as a multi-use community space for intimate worship, small baptisms, weddings and funerals. Once completed, the new two-story 21,595 SF place of worship will be able to house over 350 congregants and include a new common area, servery, library, offices, classrooms and meeting areas. Final completion of the project is scheduled to coincide with the Church’s Palm Sunday service next spring with a dedication ceremony set for 2020

Stewart & Tate Completes Renovations to The Patriot Café at Normandie Ridge Senior Living Community

July 2, 2019 — Stewart & Tate Construction recently completed a project to renovate The Patriot Café, the bistro café space in the Manchester Commons area of the Normandie Ridge Senior Living Community. Work included demolition of an exterior wall and construction of approximately 1,000 SF of additional space. The new bistro café features Starbucks products, seating for about 70, a large see-through fireplace and a 600 SF patio with outdoor seating.

During construction, Stewart & Tate Construction worked alongside the owner’s food service vendor, Atlantic Culinary Environments, who managed the construction of the center serving area, including casework, countertops, and food service equipment.

Normandie Ridge Senior Living Community is owned and operated by Albright Care Services, a faith-based non-profit corporation that serves all of central Pennsylvania. Albright also owns and operates RiverWoods Senior Living Community in Lewisburg; Living Independence For Elders (LIFE) sites in Williamsport, Lebanon and Lancaster, and manages Warrior Run Manor, a HUD-approved housing complex in Watsontown. For more information on Albright, visit www.albrightcare.org.

Lewis Contractors’ Exhibit Renovation at Port Discovery Children’s Museum Now Complete

July 3, 2019 – Port Discovery Children’s Museum is celebrating the grand opening of two new exhibits—the SkyClimber and The Port—as well as improved Museum amenities and the re-opening of other favorite exhibits. Lewis Contractors, selected as the Construction Manager for the project, worked in collaboration with Architects Cambridge Seven Associates to oversee the exhibit and climber installation. The new exhibits and renovations mark the Museum’s first major makeover since opening in December 1998.

This unique project served to restore the spirit of Port Discovery’s original building—initially designed as a fish market in 1906 by Architects Otto Simonson and Theodore Wells Pietsch. After closing in the 1980s, several entertainment concepts were considered to no avail. It was not until 1997 that Disney redesigned the space to become what is now known as Port Discovery Children’s Museum. The nonprofit children’s museum, located in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, underwent a major reimagining, bringing two new immersive exhibits and updated amenities to its 106-year-old historic building, including replacement of aging capital equipment and upgrades/replacement of existing exhibits. This project addressed significant internal and external infrastructure issues, increased energy efficiency and added new safety features. In addition to bringing visitors new hands-on exhibits, the Museum also wanted to improve guest experience and thus, the renovation provided more family seating areas, a new nursing area, a new lobby, a renovated lunchroom and updated restrooms.

The construction project brought visitors two new signature exhibits: the Port Exhibit and a new SkyClimber Exhibit. The Port Exhibit features an interactive multi-story ship where children can sail, navigate and engineer as they explore the seas, discover how products make their way around the world and learn about the Port of Baltimore. The Port also offers the opportunity to load life-size cargo containers on board and discover what would happen in the event of a container falling overboard. In an effort to encourage kids to get active, problem-solve and take risks in a safe environment, the SkyClimber will encourage children to climb their way up and around a four-story climbing structure that takes climbers from an underwater scene up into the clouds.

With Port Discovery reopened with new exhibits and updated amenities, visitors can now soar to new heights on the four-story SkyClimber, which encourages children to build confidence, learn problem-solving skills, build motor skills, and more. They will sail towards new adventures on The Port, which includes a massive ship, gantry crane, and engine room, all of which encourage teamwork, help children learn about the world around them and demonstrate the importance of The Port of Baltimore. Plus, children and families will enjoy other permanent exhibits that encourage playful learning, discovery, connection, community and self-discovery.

Towson University’s Burdick Hall Expansion Project Achieves LEED Gold Status

June 19, 2019 – Lewis Contractors is proud to announce that Towson University’s new campus recreation center, Burdick Hall, has been awarded LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). LEED certification is bestowed by the USGBC based on a rating system that measures a building’s environmental impact. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system is the foremost program for buildings that are designed, constructed, maintained, and operated for improved environmental and human health performance. Towson University’s Burdick Hall achieved LEED Gold certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in areas such as energy and water efficiency, indoor environmental quality, materials selection, and sustainable site development, among others.

The expansion of Burdick Hall enhances the student-life experience by promoting heathier lifestyles and offering students a wide range of fitness options. Some of the new features that the Towson University student, faculty, and alumni community will find in Burdick include:

• 22,000-square feet of open fitness floor space for cardio, strength, and functional training
• An elevated sprint hill and simulated stadium stairs for interval training
• A new outdoor adventures center with its re-opened 33’ tall climbing wall
• Brand-new cardio machines, strength training machines, and free weights
• Ninja Warrior style training course based upon the popular television show
• Five studios for group fitness classes
• Two multi-activity courts for volleyball, badminton, and Futsal

Overall, Burdick Hall has received a 94,000 SF three-story expansion and an 8,000 SF renovation to convert the newly enlarged, 235,000 SF center to become one of the most comprehensive and state-of-the-art recreation centers throughout the State of Maryland. With an emphasis on improving the health of the local community, maximizing sustainable efforts, and minimizing the negative environmental impact on the surrounding area, it is clear why Burdick Hall achieved LEED Gold certification status.

Topping Out Ceremony Marks Important Milestone at the Sheppard Pratt Elkridge Behavioral Health Facility

June 17, 2019 – Lewis Contractors celebrated a major milestone with Sheppard Pratt Health System (SPHS) at the new Behavioral Health Facility that Lewis is currently constructing in Elkridge, Maryland. On Friday, June 14, a topping out ceremony—a tradition that signifies the building has reached its final height—was held on the project site. Ceremonies began with a beam signing wherein parties instrumental to the building’s construction were invited to write messages on the final piece of the building’s 1,300 tons of structural steel before it was secured into place. Cranes then hoisted the steel beam—draped with an American flag and topped with an evergreen tree—to its place of prominence atop the three-story building.

“Today marks a critical milestone that has taken many years of planning and months of hard work. It is a privilege for all of us at Lewis to be a part of this much-needed expansion of mental health services in Howard County and it is important to pause for a moment and reflect on the tremendous efforts and dedication of so many involved in the project to make this possible,” stated Tyler Tate, President at Lewis Contractors.

Lewis is providing construction management services for the 12-acre improvement to SPHS’s 42-acre Elkridge site. This new structure will be the first building in a larger Behavioral Health Campus serving the needs of patients seeking mental health and addiction services throughout Howard County and beyond. The new 155,000 SF building will include 85 in-patient beds, outpatient services, and administrative and community spaces serving the full spectrum of needs of the more than 3,000 patients SPHS sees annually at its current Ellicott City location.

Programs will be included for general adult, adolescent, young adult, and geriatric patients, while adding services for the young adult and geriatric populations not currently included at the existing location. The building will also feature secure outdoor courtyards and terraces, a gymnasium, and other features allowing for both internal and external secure patient movement most beneficial to recovery. It will include state-of-the-art equipment, programs, and materials specific to a behavioral health hospital.

The new building is designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver standards or better and is expected to be completed in 2020.

Project Underway at York Catholic High School

June 3, 2019 —York Catholic High School commemorated the start of construction on Phase I of its capital campaign project with a groundbreaking ceremony on May 29.

Stewart & Tate Construction of York will begin work on the project which will involve renovating two floors of classrooms and adding air conditioning to the school located at 601 East Springettsbury Avenue. Completion of this phase of the project is slated for the end of August.

Additional phases of the project to be completed in the future will encompass the addition of an elevator wing, upgrading the electrical service, and renovations to the cafeteria, chapel and multimedia spaces.

Greiner Advanced Manufacturing Center

The Greiner Advanced Manufacturing Center at Thaddeus Stevens College of Techology in Lancaster, PA, was recently completed and feaures our Titan Series® units in a custom color on the exterior, and our Gemstone Plus® units in White in the interior. The official opening of the building will be Fall 2019.

The educational focus at this campus includes:

Computer Integrated Machining
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning/Refrigeration
Metals Fabrication
Welding Technology

Stewart & Tate Awarded Contract for New Retail Project in Springettsbury Township

May 24, 2019 — Stewart & Tate Construction of York, PA, has been awarded a contract by Quattro Development LLC of Oak Brook, IL, for sitework and construction at the developer’s retail project on the east side of Mount Zion Road, between Concord Road and the Route 30 eastbound entrance.

Stewart & Tate will be performing sitework on Lot 2, including underground stormwater and utility improvements. A Burger King is planned for this lot. Sitework for Lot 3 will entail underground stormwater and utility improvements, light poles, curbs, sidewalk, paving and landscaping. A tenant has not yet been identified for this lot. For Lot 4, the company will provide sitework to include underground stormwater and utility improvements, light poles, curbs, sidewalk, paving and landscaping, and also the construction of a building which will be occupied by Mattress Warehouse.

Work is scheduled to begin this month, and projected completion is set for August.

Stewart & Tate Completes New Research and Innovation Center for Carlisle Construction Materials

May 10, 2019 —Stewart & Tate Construction recently completed a 42,000 SF Research and Innovation Center for Carlisle Construction Materials. The building replaces the current Tech Center Building and houses testing labs, support offices, and conference and collaboration spaces.

The structure was designed to add a second story over the front office area for future expansion. Stone veneer accent walls, curtain wall glazing and metal panels with curved canopies are featured on the exterior, lending a modern feel to the building. The interior finishes continue this theme with stained concrete floors, octagonal ceiling clouds and linear metal ceilings. The office space features glazed roof monitors that allow natural light into the area.

Carlisle Construction Materials is a worldwide manufacturer of roof membranes, roof insulation and wall vapor barrier materials which were used on this project.

Lewis Contractors Hosts Hard Hat Tour at Port Discovery Children’s Museum

April 30, 2019 – Lewis Contractors and the AIA Baltimore Historic Resources Committee were pleased to host a Hard Hat Tour of the new Port Exhibit and new SkyClimber at Port Discovery Children’s Museum. Lewis Contractors, selected as the Construction Manager for the project, is working in collaboration with Architects Cambridge Seven Associates to oversee the exhibit and climber installation. The tour of the building offered Lewis an opportunity to highlight the construction progress on the museum’s transformational exhibits and renovations. With the grand opening of Port Discovery’s new exhibits and renovations tentatively set for June of this year, the Lewis team is more than halfway complete with construction and set to finish on schedule.

This unique project will restore the spirit of Port Discovery’s original building—initially designed as a fish market in 1906 by Architects Otto Simonson and Theodore Wells Pietsch. After closing in the 1980s, several entertainment concepts were considered, to no avail. It was not until 1997 that Disney redesigned the space to become what is now known as Port Discovery Children’s Museum. The nonprofit children’s museum, located in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, is undergoing a major reimagining, bringing two new immersive exhibits and updated amenities to its 106-year-old historic building, including replacement of aging capital equipment and upgrades/replacement of existing exhibits. This project addresses significant internal and external infrastructure issues, increases energy efficiency and adds new safety features. In addition to bringing visitors new hands-on exhibits, the Museum also wanted to improve guest experience and thus, the renovation provides more family seating areas, a new nursing area, a new lobby, a renovated lunchroom and updated restrooms.

The construction will bring visitors two new signature exhibits: the Port Exhibit and a new SkyClimber Exhibit. The Port Exhibit features an interactive multi-story ship where children can sail, navigate and engineer as they explore the seas, discover how products make their way around the world and learn about the Port of Baltimore. The Port will also offer the opportunity to load life-size cargo containers on board and discover what would happen in the event of a container falling overboard. In an effort to encourage kids to get active, problem-solve and take risks in a safe environment, the SkyClimber will encourage children to climb their way up and around a four-story SkyClimber that takes climbers from an underwater scene up into the clouds.

When Port Discovery celebrates the grand opening of the new exhibits and updated amenities in June 2019, visitors will climb to new heights on the SkyClimber and sail on the museum’s massive built-in ship. Through play, guests will gain new knowledge of the original fish market’s history as it existed in the Port of Baltimore over a century ago.

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