Is the Fox Guarding the Hen House?

“Very cool.” “Incredible!” “This doesn’t look like a bank.” Showing the world that a traditional bank doesn’t have to feel like one, today’s financial institutions are finding new ways to wow customers. So much so, it seems like the “design” in most building plans should come first and foremost. To that we say, “slow your roll.”   […]

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Branch Success is a Three-Legged Stool

The branch of the future may not resemble the serious, conservative look of the past, but what’s behind all that glitz is anything, but fly-by-night. Lobbies filled with furniture that looks as if it could double as a set from the 60’s era sci-fi show Star Trek. Lounging areas that are one disco ball short […]

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Don’t let your branch suffer the same fate as the Titanic

Who doesn’t love that new bank smell? The grand opening of any new bank or credit union is typically cause for celebration. Ribbon cuttings, community leaders posing for the local press, and free hot dogs for the kids. These images remind us of a simpler time, when simply opening a branch was the key to […]

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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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