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ICBA Independent Banker Recognizes Architectural Excellence of Community Banks

Washington, D.C. (October 16, 2009)—The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) announced today that ICBA Independent Banker magazine, the award-winning monthly publication that is the nation’s number-one source for community banking news, recognized five community banks for their architectural excellence and standout building designs in its October issue.

The architectural designs ICBA Independent Banker featured emphasize form and function, enhance or reflect the local community, showcase creativity and reinforce or affirm each community bank’s brand.

“Melding design and function to reflect the uniquely high-touch service community banks provide is not always an easy task,” said Karen Tyson, ICBA senior vice president of communications. “The five community banks highlighted in this month’s ICBA Independent Banker magazine successfully achieved this feat. We congratulate these community banks for investing their creativity and innovation in design projects that reflect their values and enhance the aesthetics of their local community.”

The five community banks recognized are:

  • Commerce State Bank in West Bend, Wis.: Commerce State Bank’s new two-story, 30,000-square-foot main office has become a local landmark. The unique exterior shape of the building, extensive use of glass and airy interior add to the timeless design.

  • Geo. D. Warthen Bank in Sandersville, Ga.: The renovation of Geo. D. Warthen Bank’s main office building touts the charm of Southern architecture while providing first-class contemporary design.

  • Bank of Lancaster in Burgess, Va.: The Bank of Lancaster emphasizes retail banking. The design elements in the 1,200-square-foot Burgess branch building include a two-person greeting station at the entrance and an Internet kiosk, which helps customers better understand online banking.

  • Park Midway Bank in St. Paul, Minn.: Park Midway Bank’s LEED-certified building includes designated parking spaces for carpoolers and fuel-efficient vehicles as well as bike racks. The building also reduces water usage by more than 40 percent and energy use by more than 20 percent and includes natural lighting at more than 75 percent of workspaces.

  • Pioneer Bank in Las Cruces, N.M.: With community cultural heritage in mind, Pioneer Bank’s five-year-old Lohman Avenue branch features adobe-style architecture and many art-museum-like exhibits for a modern look with touches of the past.

For more information and to view photos of the featured architectural designs in the October issue of ICBA Independent Banker magazine, visit www.icba.org.