FIRST WESTERN BANK


Design a new branch bank to replace an existing facility. This program to include three drive-through lanes and a lease opportunity for a coffee house.

Project Statement

Project Statement

First Western Bank wanted to emphasize their innovative electronic banking service. The most recent initiative would include interactive touch screen monitors, remote video conferencing with Loan Officers and a non-traditional teller line to promote the next generation of customer interaction. Located along the main north-south corridor and just a half mile from the Wal-Mart Corporate Office, the structure is oriented toward this main artery and provides parking along three sides and drive up lanes on the west. The glass tower steer the customer toward the structure during the day, and its internal LED lighting shines as a guidepost at night. East elevation at the column supported, and the curved roof is used as the main bank entry. The single story contains the coffee house with a covered seating area and outdoor fireplace. The two story lobby is highlighted by the radial pattern of the glued-laminated beams and structural colonnade which draws your eye through the facade, reflecting a feeling of transparency. The bank lobby steps down to a single story at the coffee house and is separated by a fireplace element. Night security is provided by a folding glass wall system, suspended from a bulkhead element that supports a glass wall, closing to the deck. Bank offices, conference rooms and the teller line work along the two story lobby. The exterior elevation elements are utilized to help define the two business functions, both as a bank and a coffee house.

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