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.
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.
Opportunity Bank wanted to expand their services and better serve the west side of Billings so a new branch was constructed on an empty lot at Shiloh Crossing Blvd. Opportunity Bank liked the original on 27th, so it was used as the standard for the new branch. This allowed for the refinement of the design to take advantage of things learned during the construction of the original.
The new branch had a larger site and did not need the third floor, so the design was adapted to keep the same look and feel in the new location. The new site was larger than needed, so the new branch was fit into the west half of the site, taking advantage of the visibility and traffic along Shiloh Rd. and allowing the east side to be divided off and sold.