Bridgewater Town Hall

Gienapp Design was selected as the Architect to design the rehabilitation and repair of the exterior of two of the Town of Bridgewater town office buildings; Town Hall (1843) and The Academy Building (1897).

One of the key aspects of this project was Gienapp Design’s detailed assessment of each building, a detailed construction cost estimate and a prioritized list of recommended improvements. Based on these recommendations, the Town assembled Phase I of the project, which has been completed, and consisted of the rehabilitation of the exterior of Town Hall, selected accessibility improvements on the interior of each building, and specific weatherizing of the exterior of the Academy Building.

The scope of work for the exterior of Bridgewater Town Hall building was similar to our work for Danvers Town Hall and Holliston Town Hall. All of the buildings are of a similar age and construction and each had similar deterioration. The repair work included replacement of clapboard and flush board siding, paint removal from all exterior wood surfaces, replacement of windows with new double hung sash of custom fabricated mahogany and insulating glass, and replacement of extensive amounts of large scale decorative wood components including column bases. Accessibility improvements included accessible public service counters, decorative and compliant handrails and selected hardware replacement.

One of the key elements to the success of this project was the management and accuracy of the initial investigation of the buildings and cost estimate of repairs. This project had the potential to fail due to the discrepancy in the buildings’ needs and the available budget. Specifically, without our early recognition of the problem and leadership in determining a course of action, this project could have easily resulted in the classic ‘over budget’ project with a costly set of drawings that could not be implemented. Instead, the project was a very successful implementation of a project that addressed the most pressing needs and within the Town’s budget.

This project included many presentations by Gienapp Design to the Community Preservation Committee members, Historic District Commission, Massachusetts Architectural Access Board, Town Selectmen, and other public meetings.