Technology and teamwork have emerged as key themes for financial institutions building new offices. Using cash vault or cash recycler technology, some banks have changed the way they handle cash, increasing both security and efficiency. Other banks have eliminated teller windows that put a barrier between workers and customers, and instead installed freestanding computer stations to boost customer interaction and engagement. While traditional closed-door offices remain for confidential discussions, many banks have opened up their offices, allowing for quicker service.
A traditional bank would look out of place in the Westshore market, Evans said, so the bank’s newest office – at 405 N. West Shore Blvd., in the former Continental Jewelry building – will have the look and feel of both WestShore Plaza across the street and the adjacent Florida Blue retail store, with lots of glass and a contemporary look.
“We wanted to blend our architecture with what is in the market,” Evans said.
The open expanses of glass will let USAmeriBank show off a unique feature even in the evening, when the office is closed.
“Above the conference room, on the wall, you’ll notice the logo. That will give it an interesting look from the outside, especially at night,” Evans said.
The 8,000-square-foot office is larger than other USAmeriBank branches and will house both a retail branch and the bank’s professional and executive division, also meeting a market need, Evans said.
There are separate entrances for each part of the operation.
- General contractor: Ed Taylor Construction
- Glass and glazing: Ryhno Glass
- Concrete and masonry: Joswig Construction Inc.
- Stucco/EFIS: Raynor Co.
- Plumbing: Wellland Plumbing
- HVAC: CGM Mechanical
- Electrical: Alliance Power Solutions
- Architect: Fisher and Associates Inc.
- Structural engineers: Center for Innovative Structures Inc.
- MEP engineers: Apollo Engineering LLC