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ICBA Independent Banker Recognizes Architectural Excellence of Community Banks

Community Banks Make Structural Statements That Reinforce Their Sense of Community

Washington, D.C. (July 2, 2008)—The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) and ICBA Independent Banker magazine recognized five community banks for architectural excellence and their standout building design.

"Melding design and function to reflect the unique nature of community banking is not an easy task," said Karen Tyson, ICBA senior vice president and director of communications. "But here we have five examples of ICBA-member community banks that successfully achieved this feat. We congratulate each one for their creativity and innovation in making a visual statement that not only reflects their community bank, but enhances their community."

ICBA Independent Banker asked three award-winning architects to select the featured community banks. They are Ruth Connell, principal at Studio Architects LLC in Annapolis, Md; Christy Merdinian, co-founder of ACM Design Group in St. Louis, Mo.; and Steven Gray, CEO of Amber Development Corp./ Gray Rock Construction Inc in Temple Hills, Md.

The featured architectural designs emphasize form and function; enhance or reflect the local community; showcase creativity; and reinforce or affirm their community bank's brand.

The five community banks recognized are:

  • The Bank of Elk River in Elk River, Minn.
  • Team Capital Bank in Bethlehem, Pa.
  • Bank of Alameda in Oakland, Calif.
  • Summit Bank & Trust in Broomfield, Colo.
  • Harleysville National Bank in Blue Bell, Pa.

Note to Editors: Please view photos of the banks.