Sunday, May 15, 2011

Kiosk Installation at Town Hall on Monday, May 16th

Who: The Bridgewater Improvement Association and the Community Preservation Committee invite all citizens of Bridgewater and other interested parties to attend a small event to mark the completion of the renovation of the Town Hall.

What: Installation of the final kiosk panels built by students at Bristol-Plymouth Technical High School

Where: In front of the Bridgewater Town Hall

When: Monday May 16th from 9:15 to 10:30

Why: To publicly thank the citizens of Bridgewater and the various public and private organizations that have guided and contributed to the spring time “bloom” of our newly renovated Town Hall

Bridgewater’s Town Hall has “bloomed anew” in the spring of 2011! Built in 1843, by 2009 it building was in serious danger of becoming a public safety hazard. At that point, the Town of Bridgewater, using funds generated through its Community Preservation Act, voted to fund the building’s preservation and restoration. A Municipal Building Committee was appointed and, under the able guidance of John Gerrish with staffing provided by Sharon Travers Gay of STG Consulting, Gienapp Design Associates were contracted to plan the restoration. In the fall of 2010, MCM USA were contracted to begin replacement of rotted siding and window sashes and Ryegate, Inc. was hired to provide a Clerk of the Works. Today, Bridgewater boasts a freshly restored building “envelope” historically painted the same color as the original building. The interior is now handicap accessible for public services and restrooms.

In addition to funding support from the CPA, significant contributions from the Bridgewater Improvement Association (BIA) have offered beauty and practicality that were not afforded through the town appropriation. The BIA contributed side lanterns which were individually crafted to match the “Bridgewater Lights” that surround Central Square and light the Common (which are also specially crafted for Bridgewater and purchased by the BIA), the Town Hall sign above the door (by Bridgewater Trophy) and the kiosk on the South side of the building which is legally required for the posting of public notices. The BIA will also maintain plantings in the front of the building and is currently planning bricked walking access to the kiosk. The kiosk, while purchased by the BIA, was constructed and installed by the students at Bristol-Plymouth Technical High School.

Throughout the process of restoration and preservation, the Historic District Commission, Town Manager and the town employees in both the Town Manager’s office and those located at the Town Hall worked collaboratively with the Municipal Building Committee and contractors to ensure safety, cleanliness, historical accuracy, and smooth running of the project. There is no argument that the project has been collaborative and constructive in every sense of the word. Congratulations to all involved. The “new” Town Hall is as beautiful as the old one we never knew.

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