First Bank in Marquette Michigan desired a 2-story solution for prominence on the site. The Redmond Company’s solution is a unique building with a street frontage unlike any other building in Marquette.
Currently in a facility about a mile down the road that is dated and no longer meets their space or employee needs, First Bank was looking for something with a “WOW” factor to compete with the other financials in town. The design developed by Redmond is an update to the bank’s current traditional aesthetic and business model.
The architectural details are a mix of modern and traditional – a “transitional” aesthetic. It has the forms and materials one would typically associate with a bank, such as heavy masonry and traditional detailing, with a mix of a modern edge, openness, and rounded forms. The sloped roofs are functional but also provide an architectural cap to the masonry.
Being in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, climate consideration was important to First Bank and the new facility’s design reflects this in the details. Sloped roofs, solid mass wall construction, and strategic fenestration serve to keep snow out and heat in.
Construction of the 18,700-sf facility begins in May 2020.