SOUTHINGTON — Middle School Building Committee members were pleased to have a presentation on color samples for carpet and walls at Kennedy and DePaolo middle schools for the $89.7 million renovation project.
At the Feb. 20 meeting, members expressed frustration because they did not receive the color samples from architectural firm Fletcher Thompson and said the request was made nearly six months ago. Members were also concerned that some colors being painted on the walls at Kennedy were not what they ordered.
But during its meeting on Tuesday, the building committee was led through a presentation by Kate Ryan of Fletcher Thompson, who explained the color boards she created for the two middle schools. The building committee also got a debriefing on the colors and flooring on the stairwells, bathrooms, carpets, and wall colors in the office.
“A lot of times it is very scary to see a color before all the other finishes,” Ryan said.
The building committee had to decide on colors for the accent walls in common areas and whether it wanted no color, the school colors, or an assortment of accent colors that were picked by Ryan to be painted on the walls.
“If you don’t want to do accent walls, then that’s perfectly fine,” Ryan said. “I don’t think we’ve passed that point of no return. Everyone has to be comfortable.”
Steve Madancy, the principal at Kennedy Middle School, suggested that the accent colors in common rooms be the two schools’ colors — red for DePaolo and green for Kennedy.
Dan Casinelli, the principal in charge of the renovations for Fletcher Thompson, suggested against that.
“Having seen buildings with multiple colors change the dynamic of the spaces that often become mundane throughout the day,” Casinelli said. “I’m all for school colors and to use those throughout the facility, but that’s just my opinion.”
Building committee member Vern Chanksi agreed with Casinelli, saying the colors will “put some life into it.”
The building committee voted 6 to 1 in favor of the color palette put together by Ryan for the accent walls in common areas of the school, such as the cafeteria, media center, and others. Colors consisted of a variation of green, blue, gray, purple, and a few other colors depending on the school.
The committee also asked for a list of colors that will be in each room as a reference as painting continues. Ryan said she would have that to the committee by Friday.
Ryan will present the color swatches at the Board of Education’s meeting on March 13.