First Southwest Bank
The goal for this project was to design a signature, unique, main branch for First Southwest Bank with an accompanied drive-thru bank function. The bank occupies one of the busiest street corners in Durango, Colorado adding complexity to the site planning regarding access, drive-thru stacking and parking requirements. Bauen Group was in charge of the redevelopment of two thirds of the city block, designing two mixed use projects. The bank building consists of three floors; the first two floors of the building are home to the bank and the upper floor is a privately owned penthouse condominium. The design intent was to create a building that adds a contemporary piece of architecture to what is largely a historic downtown built environment while adhering to the City of Durango commercial design guidelines. The total project square footage is approximately 9,600 square feet.