- Create a larger, more innovative retail space
- Use design to unify separate retail & corporate spaces
- Work within a tight timeline
- Comply with a complexity of corporate regulations
- Maximize the available floor plan
- Build next to an occupied space
Lakewood has enjoyed a longstanding relationship with one of Michigan’s most recognized banks, one we were excited to extend with the construction of a new space in downtown Grand Rapids. In this case, Chemical Bank had a larger, more innovative space in mind for its growing customer base.
Located in a 15-floor high rise, the bank wanted retail on the first floor and a corporate headquarters on the ninth. While each space would serve its own purpose, the design needed to feel seamless and cohesive.
To add to these challenges, Chemical Bank was in the process of merging with TCF National Bank. This meant additional project requirements along with an extremely tight timeline. Our teams also needed to take extra measures due to the fact that we were building next to a space that was open for business.
Working closely with GMB Architecture + Engineering, our teams turned a blank slate into a banking experience that would meet our client’s fit, feel, and functional needs. Ample use of natural light was one of many design decisions that would help tie the two spaces together.
Completed in just five months, the bank now has a flagship downtown space to bring both clients and employees into the future of banking.