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GHS building committee debates color scheme

Architects unveil school’s interior look

Dore & Whittier photo

Dore & Whittier photo

GREENFIELD — Greenfield School Building Committee members engaged in a colorful conversation Tuesday night about their new $66 million high school’s interior design.

Dore & Whittier architects unveiled the school’s interior look last week, taking committee members on a digital journey through computer renderings. With maple panels on yellow walls, and blue and green curved patterns on the floor, architects said they were hoping to create an abstract forest theme. The curves also were a “subtle homage to (school mascot) Green Wave,” they said.

The pattern was well-received, but members took issue this week with some of the color choices. Too much blue, they said, which is a color of rival Turners Falls Indians.

And Superintendent Susan Hollins wasn’t sold on the school’s walls.

“Does everyone want a yellow school?” she asked.

Hollins showed a photo slideshow of murals that exist in the current high school, stressing her desire to integrate some of that art – either physically or through large-scale digital photographs – into the new school.

But the architects said they had purposely designed the school to have a simple interior so that school faculty and students could then go in later, after construction, and add things on their own. Yellow is a warm, comforting color, they said.

“You’re looking at the vessel without the pieces in it,” said Dean Ober, senior designer for Dore & Whittier. “Once you start adding those art forms, you’re not going to even notice that it’s yellow.”

In the end, the yellow stuck, but architects will work on reducing the blue. The committee is running out of time to make changes, because designs must be completed by mid-March, said lead architect Lee Dore.

Shawmut Design and Construction will break ground at the school in April.

You can reach Chris Shores at:
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