CENTRAL BANK CORPORATE OFFICE
Project Confirmation Number: 2109
Entry Category Commercial:
Office Buildings, Warehouses, Hospitals, Big-Box Store, and Strip Malls
75 North University Ave
Provo, UT USA 84601
Brief description of the project:
The Central Bank Corporate Office project included the remodel of the existing bank by combining seven separate properties into one corporate office space. The remodel called for the creation of a new brick and stone masonry facade designed in a classic style to compliment the historic look of downtown Provo. Work also included renovating the existing drive thru canopies which involved installing a matching thin brick veneer. All work scopes had to be performed with a fully occupied building and all banking operations had to be maintained during construction.
Size of Building:
35,000 Square Feet
Amount of Masonry Used (include all types and number of units):
32,000 Brick - King Size
3,000 Thin Brick
9,000 Square Feet of Indiana Limestone
Project completion date: October 2014
Explain the project and its unique use of masonry materials and techniques:
For over a century, Central Bank and Trust has served the community of Provo Utah from its downtown location. One hundred years has brought about a myriad of changes to both Provo City and the bank. Both entities have grown together and contributed to one another’s success.
As the bank grew by first merging with branches in Springville and then opening additional branches in Spanish Fork, Riverside, Mapleton, and then eventually spreading out over numerous locations throughout Utah County, it became apparent that the bank would need to enlarge its corporate office facility in order to run its central operations. In 1989 the bank began remodeling the building to facilitate the growth and then in 1990 an adjacent property was purchased as well. For over 20 years, the bank operated out of these two separate properties until finally in 2012 it was decided that a renovation was needed that would combine all operations under one roof.
Over the last five years, Provo City has experienced a restoration movement to help revitalize the downtown area. Central Bank wanted to be a part of the development by creating a new beautiful façade that would enhance the appearance of downtown and contribute to the overall beauty of Provo.
The renovation of the bank would be a challenging endeavor due to the existing configuration of the multiple separate properties and blending them into one building facility. Essentially seven separate store fronts would need to be combined. To further complicate things, this would all need to be done while maintaining daily banking operations and staying open to the public. In order to accommodate the banks needs, construction would need to be done by having to remobilize several times and jump from one location to another in order to accomplish the work. Other challenging design features included remodeling the existing drive thru canopies and signs which included installing a matching thin brick veneer.
Central Bank wanted a building that would complement the historic look of downtown. The classic design incorporates a brick and stone façade with a corner tower constructed of natural limestone. Towers are a common feature on many corner buildings found along University Avenue in Provo. The new Central Bank tower brings a solid yet ornate construction to the property which gives the bank a strong professional identity. Limestone piers, banding, and window surrounds accent the red brick masonry and provide a well balanced building design. The overall finished product was a successful addition to downtown which earned an award from the city for the “best facade improvement.”
With a century of service in the banking industry, Central Bank now has a beautiful corporate office in which they can continue to serve the residents of Provo and Utah County for another hundred years.
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