Lewis Contractors Honored by Three Building Congress & Exchange Craftsmanship Awards
November 26, 2019 – Lewis Contractors is pleased to announce that three of its recent projects have been honored at the Baltimore Building Congress & Exchange Craftsmanship Awards, the 81st annual ceremonies. Unique to this awards program, honors are not given to the project itself, but to the individual craftsmen who performed the work. Of the nearly 80 nominations received, only 20 craftsmen were recognized—three of them for work performed on Lewis projects. Each of these three awards recognized a noteworthy aspect of a restoration effort of historically significant buildings—a market sector for which the firm’s reputation is well known and for which its own craftsmen have frequently been recognized.
The 2019 Craftsmanship Awards celebrated: (i) the removal/salvage/restoration/matching of materials replacement of the historic and complex wood flooring on the second floor of The Walters Art Museum’s 1 West Mount Vernon Place; (ii) the sidelap shingle, historically accurate roof installation at the Hessian Barracks on the campus of Maryland School for the Deaf; and (iii) the large, operable replacement windows of Newcomer Hall at The Maryland School for the Blind. Each project team worked in collaboration to fabricate and install elements to meet the strict requirements of the Maryland Historical Trust.
At The Walters Art Museum, Jay Sterner of MasterCare Flooring and his team carefully removed the fragile and brittle quarter sawn oak flooring materials needed to expose the subfloor for the installation of the water mist system on the first floor of the four-story structure. Frank Stroik of The Country Homestead led the small team of skilled craftsmen who used 19th century building techniques to install more than 20,000 hand-hewn cedar shingles as they restored the Hessian Barracks’ roof. And, Timothy Eastman, along with Timothy Schwind, of Worcester Eisenbrandt, Inc., carefully removed the rotted double wood windows at Newcomer Hall, replacing them with custom fabricated double-hung sashes as large as five feet tall.
Long known for its work in the field of historic restoration, Lewis makes a practice of working with award-winning craftsmen such as these individuals who received this 2019 recognition of their skills. Such recognition can only be bestowed upon craftsman who demand the very highest of quality in their work and these are the craftsman Lewis is proud to employ, collaborate with, and celebrate.