PEOPLES WESTCHESTER BANK, White Plains, NY
Design the interior of a branch bank in a strip mall.
The goal was to use materials that would survive repeated abuse because the branch clientele is composed mainly of construction workers. The laborers track mud and soil from their jobs into the bank. Tools in tool caddies strapped to their belts would damage teller counters and furniture. Fear of constant replacement made
cost considerations paramount.
The client insisted on a very tight budget because they feared that materials would have to be replaced frequently due to damage.
CFA specified quality materials that could stand the abuse. They were available as “seconds” which minimized their cost. Floor tiles and all laminates function and appear as first quality goods. As of this date they have not needed to be replaced. CFA’s ingenuity accomplished all goals. Design did not have to be sacrificed for budget.
STATE BANK OF LONG ISLAND , New York City, NY
Create a New York City presence for State Bank of Long Island. The site was to be shared with two other firms that work closely with the bank.
For State Bank of Long Island, design upscale offices for private banking where large loans could be negotiated. For the other two firms design operational offices for research, analysis and trading investment products.
The rental loss factor (elevators, staircase, public halls, and restrooms) was so great that the usable space was limited. Each company had a different budget yet the entire project had to have a unified look. Security between the interactive firms became an issue.
To conserve space, CFA suggested that all three firms share the entrance, conference rooms, mail room, copy room, and kitchen. The designers used rich dark woods in the executive banking area. For the other firms they used laminate with wood trim that matches the wood in the banking area. One carpet throughout visually ties all spaces together. Security was accomplished by giving each firm card access readers with different codes. CFA met the budget requirements, solved security issues and coordinated all three spaces.
Note of Interest:
Thomas O’Brien, President/CEO of banks since 1980, has selected Carol Franklin as space planner-interior designer on almost every move he has made. Their working relationship has been so successful they now work on a handshake as their contract.
SAVINGS BANK TRUST CO., New York City, NY
Relocate a check clearing facility from New York City to Long Island to be close to the Federal Reserve Bank and design the New York City space for the executive offices.
Design the offices in traditional style with raised paneling and period furniture to satisfy the personal taste of the President/CEO.
Physical features of the building itself offered constraints. Office ceiling heights were low. The size of the freight elevator was small. Building management’s rules disallowed noise from construction and use of the freight elevator during normal business hours. Overtime work and installation of millwork seemed to be a necessity.
CFA used a creative approach to avoid overtime costs as much as possible. The paneling was designed in separate small segments so that the pieces slid easily into the freight elevator. The segments fit together as furniture to accommodate the low ceilings and did not require a noisy installation. Therefore, the installation was able to take place during regular hours. CFA saved the client a substantial amount of money.