Many came from near and far to see the newly renovated Academy Building. Many of the materials were saved and restored, including windows, crown moldings, chandeliers, Corinthian-style columns and the tin ceiling in the Council Chambers. The two front offices resemble classrooms that occupied the building when it was a school. The building is now classified as a ‘smart building.’ It has LEED certification (energy efficient & environmentally friendly), fully automatic climate control, automated lighting features and the water fountain contains sensors which can detect and prevent adverse operating conditions.
The council chambers and halls were full of people eager to hear about the journey that brought them together that day. The program included the project history, renovation work highlights as well as local and state speakers. There was a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem performed by Michael Spagone. After well deserved acknowledgements to all those who made this project happen, there was an official ribbon cutting ceremony on the front steps followed by refreshments and building tours. Town employees were available to answer any questions and the tours were conducted throughout the afternoon.
Town Manager Michael M. Dutton_ Master of Ceremony
Didn’t get a chance to attend the Grand Opening? That’s okay! Everyone is welcome to visit the Academy Building during regular business hours.
The Bridgewater Garden Club spent many hours decorating the Academy Building for the Grand Opening Ceremony on Dec 4. From doors and windows to banisters and benches, they did fantastic work – inside and out! Thanks to all the Garden Club members for helping to keep our town beautiful. Great job!
Story & Photo Credit: Jill Silvia
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