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Lewis Completes Work for St. Mary’s Seminary and University Student Life Center

Lewis Contractors is honored to have been chosen as the Construction Manager to renovate the residence and support areas for St. Mary’s Seminary and University. Founded in 1791, St. Mary’s Seminary is the first Catholic Seminary in the United States, from which more priests have been ordained for service than any other seminary in the United States. This iconic Seminary, situated on its “new campus” at Northern Parkway and Roland Avenue, was constructed in 1928 on a verdant, 60-acre campus.

In beginning this renovation, third generation builder Tyler Tate, P.E., and his team at Lewis Contractors, joined with third generation architect David Gaudreau, AIA, and his team at Ewing Cole, in the legacy changes to this Baltimore landmark. David’s grandfather, Lucien E.D. Gaudreau, originally designed St. Mary’s Seminary after relocating to Baltimore from Boston.

On August 31, Father Phillip J. Brown, P.S.S., President-Rector of the University, dedicated and blessed the newly renovated Student Life Center—the first phase of this multi-year project—during a ceremony witnessed by students returning for the Fall 2020 semester and 30 new seminarians, the largest incoming class in over a decade. Located in the lower level of the main building, the newly renovated Student Life Center includes the Donnelly Lounge with its billiard tables, updated sound system, and lounge seating, the Student Lounge, a TV Room, Service Kitchen and the expanded Fitness Center, all of which will provide respite for seminarians and faculty alike.

The Lewis and Ewing-Cole Teams now turn their attention to ongoing renovation work throughout the balance of the campus, which, upon completion, will provide newly renovated residences for 12 faculty and up to 106 seminarians from the U.S. and throughout the world when work is complete in Summer 2021.