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Lewis Contractors, Maryland’s Most Awarded Contractor, Receives Five ABC Excellence in Construction Awards

Lewis Contractors is pleased to announce five Excellence in Construction awards from Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC). The projects vary in size and type from large new construction to historic restoration, and were all completed amid challenging construction constraints. Lewis is exceptionally proud of these awards as the ABC Excellence in Construction Awards are largely based on the project owner’s overall satisfaction with a contractor’s performance and then augmented by the design team’s impressions and, finally, a peer review. Recognized this year are the following Lewis projects:

Mercy High School Sisters of Mercy Athletic Complex, Baltimore, MD – Following the award-winning construction of the 660-seat Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Auditorium in years past, Lewis Contractors was honored once again to return to the Mercy High School campus as the Construction Manager for the construction of a new state-of-the-art athletic complex. The new multi-purpose sports facility—built to include two fields, the Sisters of Mercy Field and the Mary Anne Heckwolf ’66 Field—is the new home to the “Mercy Magic” teams and has the ability to host a variety of athletics including softball, soccer, field hockey and lacrosse. The campus’ centrally located $4.3M athletic complex truly sets Mercy High School apart from other local schools as one of the most advanced stadiums in the state of Maryland.

Port Discovery Children’s Museum New SkyClimber and Port Exhibit, Baltimore, MD – After the successful completion of Phase I—a complete roof replacement for the museum—Phase II included the major reimagining and renovation of the SkyClimber and Port Exhibit for the Port Discovery Children’s Museum located in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. The renovation included the replacement of aging capital equipment and upgrades/replacement of existing exhibits. This project addressed significant internal and external infrastructure issues, improved energy efficiency, improved safety, and improved the museum’s ability to effectively serve the patrons. The project is also currently nominated for a Buildy Award through Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums.

Johns Hopkins University Maryland Hall Cupola Restoration, Baltimore, MD – Lewis was selected as the Construction Manager to oversee a comprehensive restoration of the historic cupola on Johns Hopkins University’s Maryland Hall. The restoration began with the erection of an extensive scaffolding system that ascended the facade of the building onto the rooftop, systematically enclosing the cupola’s aging exterior. Select demolition followed scaffold erection to prepare for the elaborate roof repairs. The Lewis team repaired and replaced copper roofing with flashing drip edges and a high-temperature membrane underlayment in order for the structure to better withstand the elements. The work also included the restoration of the intricate wood cornice assembly through the use of Dutchmen and epoxy treatments. This is the seventh restoration Lewis has completed at Johns Hopkins University—a relationship that has spanned five decades.

Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation’s Brooks Robinson Field at Frederick Douglass High School, Baltimore, MD – Continuing its decade-long relationship with the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, Lewis completed a new low maintenance, synthetic turf baseball field on the grounds of Frederick Douglass High School in West Baltimore. In addition to the artificial turf baseball field, this 5 1/2 month project included a dedication monument, dugouts for the players, bleachers for the fans and a new digital scoreboard requiring electrical tie-ins to the existing electrical panel in the press box. Construction began with a considerable amount of ground preparation—demolition, mass grading and excavation—to better equip the site for a level, 95,000 SF playing field. Lewis Contractors has teamed with the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation on over a dozen fields in the past 10+ years to complete installations for similar neighborhoods and remains committed to helping improve the lives of the young people of Baltimore.

Rosedale Baptist Church Preschool, White Marsh, MD – The Rosedale Baptist Church Preschool project involved the conversion of the existing multi-tenant, single-story office building into a sprawling, new childcare facility including multiple new class and childcare rooms with associated dining, activity and administration areas for students, faculty and staff. The comprehensive 31,000 SF renovation created six playful childcare rooms, eleven colorful classrooms, private one-on-one teacher-child discussion areas, a healthcare room, a full-service cafeteria for mealtime, and restrooms complete with both adult and child-size amenities. To cultivate the creative imaginations of the preschool students, Lewis constructed an innovation laboratory, along with a library with wide-ranging youth academic resources, several indoor play areas and an exterior playground for outdoor play. In addition to all of the student spaces, the conversion included new front offices and ancillary support space.

Awards for these projects and others recognized by ABC Baltimore are scheduled to be presented at the annual gala on Monday, July 8, at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace hotel.