Lewis Contractors’ Project Manager Appointed to Preservation Maryland Board
November 8, 2019 – Lewis Contractors is pleased to announce that project manager William (Bill) Arthur has been appointed to the Board of Directors for Preservation Maryland. Executive Director Nicholas Redding announced the appointment at the annual Phoenix Rising celebration, held October 24th at the Baltimore Museum of Industry.
Bill is well suited to join the Board based upon his extensive experience working on Lewis Contractors’ projects for some of Maryland’s most historically significant buildings. For example, he recently returned to the campus of Johns Hopkins University to restore the cupola at Maryland Hall, and is currently working on the restoration of the Roland Water Tower in Roland Park, Orianda Mansion in Leakin Park, and the eighteenth-century 99 Main Street structure in downtown historic Annapolis.
Other award winning historically significant projects led by Bill have included the restoration of Homewood House Museum on the Johns Hopkins University campus—Lewis’ sixth project at this site spanning several decades—to mitigate damage to the important Federal home resulting from damage caused by aging gutters, downspouts, subsurface waterproofing and storm water management measures. Significant to this contract was the very tightly controlled schedule and the need to have the entire building restored—with no evidence of construction—in time for incoming JHU freshmen to enter the campus through the museum in keeping with a decades’ old tradition.
Bill also led the restoration of the first residence constructed at Mount Vernon Place and installation of the water mist fire suppression system within the mid-nineteenth century mansion located at 1 W. Mount Vernon Place owned by the Walters Art Museum. Once again, there is little evidence of the installation of this very innovative and complex installation that includes fire suppression system equipment located in and around the complex and fragile plaster ornamentation. Other facets of this project—which has been honored by 16 separate awards to date—include the dismantling and reconstruction of the conservatory, installation of new roofs and repair/reproduction of the rooftop antefix ornamentation, installation of new storm windows and restoration of the fixed cast iron grilles at the window exteriors.
Lewis Contractors has long supported the efforts of Preservation Maryland and Bill Arthur will continue this tradition as he assumes the Board position most recently held by the firm’s president, Tyler Tate, whose board term expires at year’s end. Tyler said, “With Bill’s appointment to the board, I’m delighted that Lewis can maintain a strong presence with this impactful organization. I encourage our peers in the industry to consider how they can support Preservation Maryland and its many good missions in Maryland.”
[Bill Arthur (right), shown here with fellow Preservation Maryland board member, Todd Anderson, of Worchester Eisenbrandt]