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.

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 Please provide references.

Jeff Castor Now a Licensed Architect in the State of Tennessee

The Lewis Group Architects is pleased to announce that Jeff Castor, AIA, LEED AP BD+C has successfully completed the requirements of the Architect Registration Exam in the state of Tennessee. He is a graduate of The University of Tennessee with a Master of Architecture and Clemson University with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture. Jeff has been an asset to the education studio playing an integral role in projects for The University of Tennessee and local school systems.

LGA’s own Christina Pint Honored at the “Bernhard Hoesli: Collages”

LGA architect, Christina Betanzos Pint, visited University of Texas at Arlington on February 24 for a reception celebrating the recent opening of the exhibition titled “Bernhard Hoesli: Collages” that she originally curated in 2001.  Thanks to a renewed interest in the Hoesli’s work, the exhibition is traveling again.  Bernhard Hoesli was a Swiss architect who taught in the United States in the 50’s and 60’s and later practiced and taught in his hometown of Zurich, Switzerland until his death in 1984.  Along with Colin Rowe, John Hedjuk, Werner Seligmann, John Shaw, and, Robert Slutzky among others, Hoesli came to be known as one of the “Texas Rangers” – the group of young professors who began their teaching careers at the University of Texas at Austin and whose collaborations identified and defined key concepts of Modernist architecture and urbanism and revolutionized the way architecture, specifically Modern architecture, is taught in the United States and abroad.  Hoesli’s collages, directly influenced by the trajectories in art made possible by Cubism, demonstrate the concept of phenomenal transparency developed by Rowe, Slutzky, and Hoesli, and first described in the now classic essay, “Transparency: Literal and Phenomenal”.  The collages are also closely linked to the Hoesli’s concept of the “dialogical city” and Rowe’s concept of “collage city”.  The exhibition is open until March 10 in Arlington, TX (Click here to see exhibition announcement.) and will then travel to Cooper Union in New York where it will be shown until April 30.  To learn more or to obtain a copy of the exhibition catalog write to

Visit our Facebook and LinkedIn page to see photos from her trip.

Ben Atchley State Veterans’ Home Rated 5 Star

The Ben Atchley State Veterans' Home was rated a 5 star nursing home facility for the second straight year! LGA is extremely proud to be part of such a great facility!

To read more about this, please follow the link provided by the Knoxville News Sentinel.

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