GRAFTON, Mass. – A last-minute fix of the new Grafton High School auditorium's expanded metal mesh panels was approved by the School Building Committee Wednesday night.
Do you approve of the fix to the Grafton High School exterior?
I didn't see a problem before80%
I prefer the re-shuffled pattern without the battens10%
I like the addition of battens11%
Meeting in the building's parking lot, the committee examined the newly reshuffled panels, which have drawn criticism for bringing an unfinished touch to the $73 million building.
The old stacked arrangement appeared blocky, with clearly defined seams. The new pattern of running grids had a better flow, committee members agreed, and the addition of battens between them hide the seams.
"The battens have to be up at this point," member Don Chouinard said. "I'm disappointed it's not centered. It's another thing that looks like a mistake."
The pattern, explained project architect Philip Poinelli of Symes, Maini & McKee Associates, was determined by the size of the panels.
The fix, at a cost of an estimated $91,000, is not expected to be ready in time for the building dedication and first day of school on Aug. 27.