As branch numbers go down, is the future of banking going with them?

If you’ve done any scanning of the financial headlines lately, you’d think the banking industry was in some sort of downturn. Numbers back up the concern. The Wall Street Journal recently reported 1,700 branches were closed in 2017 alone. That represents 2% of all the branches in the United States, bringing the total down to […]

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USE Credit Union | Branch Transformation

USE Credit Union “Extra-Ordinary” Branch Transformation in La Mesa USE Credit Union engaged LEVEL5 to design-build the Credit Union’s newest branch in La Mesa, CA in 2017. The now completed branch follows the Credit Union’s continued commitment to provide an extra-ordinary experience to its membership and community. “The face of member service continues to evolve, […]

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Guaranty Bank | Main Office Transformation

LEVEL5  Creates ‘Bank of the Future’ for Missouri’s Guaranty Bank In 2017, Guaranty Bank chose LEVEL5 to design-build the Bank’s new main office and retail banking center in Springfield, MO. The Bank occupied 25,000 square-feet of space in the fifth, and final building of Farmers Park. “Farmers Park is a vibrant, contemporary destination with an […]

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Close my branch? That’s fine, I’ll Choose Another!

Consumers are deciding the value of the branch. When it comes to the longevity and value of branches, opinions really do vary. Depending on our own stories, experiences, communities and allegiances, the branch’s importance will ebb and flow. However, when we look at evidence, the opinions fade and the demands of consumers ring loud and clear. […]

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Mazuma Branch of the Future

Mazuma’s Olathe Branch Dismantles Traditional Banking Mazuma Credit Union (Overland Park, KS) has chosen LEVEL5 to design-build their new Branch of the Future. The branch will be located in Olathe, KS near the Menards, and will represent the Credit Union’s newest approach to branch banking. “We are very excited to be awarded this project,” said David […]

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Branching: Location…Location…Which Location?

Consumers love the branch, so how do you get the one you want? U.S. Consumers and the Branch. There is no denying that the number of branches in operation today is less than before the great recession. However, simply pointing out there are fewer branches is only part of the story. For example, when you […]

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Micro Branches | The Next Big Idea?

Enhancing your branch strategy with the most flexible of solutions – the micro branch. Branch density is the goal. Space to build is the challenge. What makes a financial institution’s branching strategy successful? Many experts point to density “more locations and brand”.  Agreed! However, what if the target community doesn’t have any suitably sized site options […]

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Financial Resources FCU | Micro Branch of the Future

Financial Resources FCU “Micro” Branch of the Future Much is written about the “Branch of Future”, but a version of it may be in operation, today in New Jersey. LEVEL5 is proud to announce Financial Resources FCU’s new micro branch in Jersey City, NJ. This start-of-the-art branch focuses on automation and brand to serve its […]

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Building Relationships: the Heartbeat of the Universal Banker

Technology hasn’t just required an upgrade in equipment, but a shift in employee skill sets. As American as apple pie. Community based financial institutions (FI’s) are the heart and soul of America. These locally­ owned and operated institutions are woven into the fabric of the communities we live in, work in, raise our families and build […]

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Branch Cost and Change Orders. Please, stop the Madness!

The battle to lower branch costs begins earlier than you think. There is probably no more despised phrase in all of construction than “change order”. The phrase elicits thoughts of pain and suffering beyond measure. Imagine Dante’s Inferno, Nails on a Chalkboard, or Crying Babies on an all-day flight to nowhere! Maybe I went over the […]

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