Lee Lewis Construction Teams Up with Highland Park Students to Build CASA Playhouse
Partnering with high school students to build a performance hall that supports a great cause sounds like a win-win for Patrick Surratt and the team at Lee Lewis Construction.
The collaboration is one of many to be featured at Dallas CASA’s Parade of Playhouses, which runs July 15-31. The beloved event raises funds and awareness for child victims of abuse or neglect served by the City Court-appointed Special Advocates. NorthPark Center has hosted the event every year since 1996.
LLCI came to play
Surratt, Senior Project Manager at LLCI, said he was thrilled when officials from Moody Advanced Professional Studies at Highland Park ISD approached him about teaming up to build a dollhouse as a class project for the Parade. of Playhouses. Lee Lewis Construction Inc. is one of 21 builders and architects creating a dozen playhouses for this year’s event. This is the first time LLCI has participated.
“Our performance venue is based out of the Williams House at University Park,” Surratt said. “This is a house that was built in 1933 and the architect was David Reichard Williams – no relation to the original owners. It is considered the finest example of modern regional architecture in Texas.
“We’re focusing on the right side of the house, where the balcony is,” Surratt continued. “We will have a fake balcony to match the appearance of the building. We will also have brick veneer on the lower half of the playhouse.
MAPS students will help with construction and painting, he said.
LLCI primarily focuses on K-12 schools, medical buildings, churches and other commercial construction, so building playhouses is a fun new business, Surratt added.
“Detail work is the most crucial aspect of any build,” he said. “Detail drawings are what show the contractor how to waterproof a building, for example, or in certain areas where special design is needed, the architect will show detailed drawings showing how that area will be constructed. If you don’t don’t examine and understand the details, your building will not perform as designed.We pay great attention to detail because if you get the details right, the rest of the project will go smoothly and without major worries.
Surratt said he expected the dollhouse to take about a month to build.
“COVID and the environment we find ourselves in has sometimes caused problems getting materials,” he said. “A product that took three to four weeks a year ago now takes eight to nine weeks. It causes problems, but with a dollhouse like this, we shouldn’t have any problems. »
Dallas CASA for the win
Like the other builders participating in this year’s Parade of Playhouses, Surratt said it was a joy to give back to the community.
“Children are the future of this country, and if no one is there to support and show direction, then there will be no future for America,” he said. “CASA provides support for children who have been through something terrible that no child should be going through. Without this support, most children would be lost in the system or placed in worse scenarios than they were at the start. »
Crest Cadillac / INFINITI / Volvo is the presenting sponsor of the event, which features custom designed and built playhouses to be won by raffle.