This is the case with Cohasset Town Hall, which could soon be getting a facelift.
Built in 1857, the 155-year-old building that had been resotred earlier in 1929, is now in need of restoration. Acting Town Manager Michael Milanoski said “There is clearly a public safety issue with the building.” Among the dangers he pointed out were water damage and faulty electrical work. He further noted that the electrical system dates back to the previous restoration and would not meet current code requirements.
The Cohasset Planning Commission (CPC) has already voted to approve a $75,000 study to consider potential models to renovate the structure of the building.
Two studies were already made five years ago, and might be still considered valid ones. A new third option has been explored recently: it is a BIM (Building Information Modeling) survey that would allow viewers to take a virtual “walk-through”. CPC member Susan Hoadley commented about it “It is the absolute best way to record existing conditions. At the end of the BIM study, you come out with a crystal clear matrix, dollar data, and a bold imagery close to what the end result will be. Everyone far and wide will understand what they’re going to get”.
If Dec.10th Special Town meeting approves this new model, the proposed renovation might be ready by the Spring.
The goal seem to turn the historic building into an energy-efficient building while preserving the historical aspect.
First photo by FlexGravityArchitecture (author)