In The Works



This private residence in Salisbury, Massachusetts is located in a coastal resource area on a barrier beach. Gienapp Architects designed this three-bedroom, four-bathroom home elevated above the floodplain on driven steel piles to protect both the house and its surroundings from potential wave action. The building’s two-car garage is also elevated above the floodplain courtesy of an open metal grating ramp. The building features an internal elevator to provide accessibility to all floors and has a modernized widow’s walk that provides 360-degree views of the ocean to the east and the salt marsh to the west.


As part of our on-call contract with the Town of Watertown, Gienapp Architects designed renovations and repairs to the Town’s North Fire Station in order make the 1960s building more modern, functional and comfortable for the city’s first responders. We designed renovations and upgrades for living and common spaces, including renovations in the men’s showers and toilets as well as adding new shower and toilet facilities for female firefighters. Gienapp Architects also designed the modernization of mechanical systems, including a new domestic water system, a replacement electrical system, new fire alarms and new armature for the station’s radio communication system. We also conducted exterior repairs, including replacement windows, repainting and selective roof repairs.


Gienapp Architects has begun a major masonry repair project on this 23-unit condo building in Brookline. Built in 1967, this building was suffering from water infiltration issues due to improper waterproofing. After an investigation into the full extent of these conditions, and determining the best course of action, the building’s owners reached out to Gienapp Architects to design a full exterior brick replacement. Because the building will be occupied while this repair goes on, our team has phased the work to provide minimal disruption to residents. Part of this project also involves repairs to roofs, windows, and balconies. This project is scheduled to complete in 2020.