Opportunity Bank of Montana

Project overview

To accommodate a growing Billings market, Opportunity Bank redeveloped a deteriorated hotel site on 27th Avenue. The bank required a customer lobby, teller line, drive through lanes, and offices for the loan department and bank administration. The building’s third floor was built as future office lease space. To maximize development of the 27th Avenue frontage, a separate Starbucks coffee shop and drive through was built on the site along with the bank.

Process

  • Dick Anderson Construction was brought into the planning process to coordinate the demolition of the existing building, prepare the site for a new building, provide cost estimating and value engineering during the design of the new building. 
  • The Element Group developed the interior design while CWG developed the exterior building design to reflect the company’s brand. 
  • To streamline the winter construction schedule and provide an energy efficient building envelope, an insulated wall panel system was chosen to serve as exterior insulation, weather barrier, and vapor barrier.
  • A rammed aggregate pier foundation system was used to mitigate poor soil conditions.

Outcome

The 3-story building includes a drive-up window, outdoor ATM, and a rooftop deck that overlooks Dehler Park. The finished space centers around the customer and employee experience. Each element of the design was meant to make the space light and inviting. Offices are separated from the lobby with a glass partition and door system, providing both transparency and acoustic privacy. Interior light is enhanced with tall windows and glass office partitions to bring natural, daylight into the building’s core and workspaces.