First National Bank of Cold Spring was ready for some changes. Stuck in a downtown location that limited growth, the Bank needed to find an architectural firm who could be their representative through the intimidating task of a major overhaul to their operations. The Bank wanted to take a second look at their branding, location and spatial requirements. In addition, they wanted to explore and implement new technologies and efficiencies available to them. The Bank needed someone who would listen carefully to their needs and then handle all the details involved in transforming the organization from a traditional banking model to a modern one, with innovative ideas for operations and a fresh new look. When looking for such a firm, they found HTG Architects.
Solutions that Made a Difference
HTG started with the InVision process. This intense, thorough work session laid the foundation for Granite Bank’s metamorphosis. The InVision process helped unveil the Bank’s desire to form a new work culture and laid out the possibilities and solutions for developing it. The process also helped chart a strategy to establish a new community relationship at the Bank’s new location.
HTG then applied the EvoBank® planning process to design an efficient, expandable environment with the tools and organization to serve customers in a warm and inviting interior. HTG helped the Bank develop their ideal vision of a modern bank, and they opted to build their operations around a concierge model, dropping the traditional teller line concept. On the exterior, the use of local granite stone and a commanding entry feature created a handsome addition to the community and a sense of permanence.
HTG Architects was able to take First National Bank of Cold Spring’s concept and turn it into reality. After renaming themselves Granite Community Bank, the Bank was able to establish a fresh new identity in the community and they continue to succeed in the new location.