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Jefferson County Creates Sustainable Change Across Their Organization

In order to change the way that the world sees aging, it is important to not just implement The Green House model, but also to sustain it.  Through experience and research, we have found that this occurs most successfully when culture change exists throughout the organization, not just within The Green House homes.

Jefferson County Nursing home in Tennessee opened their three Green House homes in 2010, and have experienced successful outcomes and stories of transformation.  As they look to the future, they have decided to partner again with The Green House Project on a process called, The Legacy Blueprint.  This program is offered to Green House organizations when they also have a legacy home to promote alignment of the core values and essential practices of The Green House model.  All elders, regardless of where they live, deserve a small, flexible and warm environment with opportunities for choice, and a sense of purpose.

Roger Mynatt, Executive Director of Jefferson County Nursing Home, shares, “We chose work with The Green House Project on the Legacy Blueprint because it will create the perfect bridge between the Legacy Building and our Green House homes.  We are taking the best of our mission and complimenting it with the Green House Core Values to create staff empowerment and person-directed care.”

To learn more about The Green House implementation process, click here to download Homes for Success


New Alcoa High School Welcomes Students

Almost 2,000 students head back to class to at Alcoa City Schools, which includes the opening of the new Alcoa High School.

The $33 million building is new this school year, and has been in the works for three years.

The 180,000 square foot building can hold up to 1,000 students, whereas the old high school could hold about 600.

To read more, follow the link provided by WBIR


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Alcoa High School Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Over 10 years ago, LGA called on Alcoa City Schools with the hopes of developing a long lasting relationship. With a strong dedication from our Business Development Leader, we continued to build on that relationship and as of yesterday morning, Alcoa City Schools celebrated their ribbon cutting for the brand new Alcoa High School. LGA is extremely proud to be the architect of record for such an unbelievably dedicated school system. To continue reading, please click the link to The Daily Times of Maryville, Tenn.


The New Alcoa High School

Nearly 600 Alcoa High School students’ timing couldn’t be better, as they’ll be the first group to attend grades 9-12 in a new $33.5 million building when school starts July 30.

Follow the link provided by the Knoxville New Sentinel for a video.


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Tom Rinehart 3/11/51 - 5/25/15

LGA lost a member of the family over the weekend. Tom Rinehart had been with LGA since 2006 and was one of the best spec writers in the entire state of Tennessee. He will be missed by many in the architectural and construction community. Our deepest sympathies go out to his entire family. Tom Rinehart 3/11/51 - 5/25/15

Born in Mansfield, Ohio Tom Rinehart graduated from Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture in 1974 and moved to Knoxville, Tennessee shortly after. He worked for Cooper and Perry Architects on projects including the new Henderson Hall for Carson Newman College and the Renovation of Hodges Library for The University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Tom became a Certified Construction Specifier in 1986 while at Bullock Smith & Partners, Inc. where he maintained the office master specification and provided specifications for projects. He became a Certified Construction Contract Administrator in 1999 while at Architectural Services Group, Inc. where he also provided project administration for numerous projects.

Tom joined The Lewis Group Architects, Inc. in 2006 where he maintained the office master specification, wrote specifications for projects, provided construction administration, and reviewed projects for zoning and code compliance. He achieved LEED AP BD+C accreditation in 2012. He was also a member of American Institute of Architects, Construction Specifications Insitute, and the U.S. Green Building Council.


LGA Selected by Bradley County Schools

An architect has been chosen to begin work on a new classroom building at Lake Forest Middle School.

During a meeting Monday afternoon, the Bradley County Board of Education voted to have The Lewis Group architectural firm begin work on designs for a new academic building.

Board members heard presentations from representatives of The Lewis Group of Knoxville, Cope Architecture of Knoxville and TWH architects of Chattanooga.

To read more, follow the link provided by the Cleveland Daily Banner.


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Jeff Castor has recently earned Green Globes Professional (GGP) Certification.

Jeff Castor has recently earned Green Globes Professional (GGP) Certification. Green Globes is a science-based building rating system that allows designers and owners to select sustainability features that best fit the specific project needs. The rating system was endorsed by GSA in 2014 as an approved alternative to LEED for sustainability rating. Jeff is one of only three GGP’s in East Tennessee and one of twenty-one in the state. LGA looks forward to offering this service and experience to our clients.


First Ford dealership in Cleveland named to the National Register

A building that held the first Ford Motor Co. dealership in Cleveland, Tenn., and one of the earliest such businesses in the state, has been named to the National Register of Historic Places.

The structure, located in downtown Cleveland at 125 Inman St., housed the long-running C.C. Card Auto Co., said Sybil Argintar, owner of Southeastern Preservation Services, which helped prepare the nomination to the National Register.

To read more, please follow the link provided by Times Free Press


Alcoa High School Aerial Views

Check out our In Design section to see progess photos of the new Alcoa High School under construction.


Employment Opportunity - Cleveland Office

The Lewis Group Architects, Inc., P.C. (LGA) with locations in Knoxville and Cleveland, Tennessee, is an architecture and interior design firm with over 30 years of history working in East Tennessee. LGA provides services in architecture, interior architecture, interior design, and master planning for project types including; healthcare, higher education, K-12 education, commercial, senior living, and civic.

The LGA Cleveland Office is accepting resumes for an intermediate level architect with a minimum of 5 years of experience in architectural production (SD through CD phases) and proficiency in REVIT and AutoCAD.

Qualifications and Skills:
• Proficiency in AutoCAD and REVIT
• Working knowledge of construction document preparation
• Working knowledge of ADA and building code requirements
• Ability to prioritize and manage tasks against deadlines
• Ability to handle more than one project at a time
• Ability to communicate effectively with others
• Good organizational skills and attention to detail
• Resourcefulness and strong work ethic
• Bachelor of Architecture degree required
• Architecture licensing completed or in progress preferred, but other qualified candidates may also be considered
• LEED AP preferred, but not required
• Legal U.S. work status only

Submit resume via email to Craig Lewis at clewis@lewisgroup.net. Please provide references.


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