One of the most important roles of a bank is to secure a depositor’s assets and for more than 40 years, Torrington Savings Bank kept one of its assets under wraps.
The lobby of the bank’s downtown headquarters remained covered under a perforated metal covering with a translucent panel. Once removed, the lobby displayed a detailed coffered ceiling that would be expanded upon as part of a massive renovation project.
Bank President John Janco thanked the bank’s board members and management team for deciding to go forward with the project “and properly reflect what Torrington Savings Bank is all about.”
He said the bank’s renovations demonstrates its commitment to downtown Torrington.
The updated lobby and ceiling has meant a brighter lobby because of improvements made. Rows of fluorescent lights that were covered for decades in the ceiling are replaced with LED lights and the pale blue walls with a softer, white tone.
The renovation project meant tellers in the downtown branch had to be relocated. He said not one displaced teller or other employee complained to him.
Perbeck said the credit belonged to the contractors who saw the project through, including Bill Van Buren, a superintendent with Burlington Construction.
Heading into the construction three months ago, it wasn’t known what would be underneath the paneling above. The bank was operating up until the day renovations began so cracking open the ceiling wasn’t possible.
“We didn’t know what to expect,” said Chris Milliard, a senior associate with Phase Zero Design of Simsbury.
Once the ceiling covering was removed, crews found decorative details along the original panels running down the length of the ceiling. Between the panels were eight rows of fluorescent bulbs.
Paneling running perpendicular to the existing panels were added to give make way for smaller coffers. They also added “clouds,” paneling that drops down from the ceiling and holds the new LED.
The existing chandeliers were also taken down and cleaned and the bulbs were replaced with new LED light.
Justin Giampaolo, vice President of Burlington Construction, said the changes made to the design after the ceiling was uncovered resulted in a better product, with modern elements to the historical coffered ceiling.