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  Embassy Bank at Gateway Plaza, Page 19Embassy Bank at Gateway Plaza
ARCHITECT
BONSALL SHAFFERMAN ARCHITECTS & SPACE PLANNERS 
2045 Westgate Drive, #400, Bethlehem, PA 18017
www.bsaia.com


Location: 
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
GATEWAY PLAZA OFFICE BUILDING
Total Square Feet: 26,560
Construction Period: Nov 2001 to July 2002 
EMBASSY BANK AT GATEWAY PLAZA
Total Square Feet: 5,440
Construction Period: Dec 2001 to July 2002 

Construction Team
GATEWAY PLAZA OFFICE BUILDING
GENERAL MANAGER & GENERAL CONTRACTOR: The Norwood Company - 974 Marcon Boulevard, #220, Allentown, PA 18109
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Pennoni Associates Inc. - 2041 Avenue C, #100, Bethlehem, PA 18017
CIVIL ENGINEER: Liberty Engineering - 7535 Windsor Drive, #B-102, Allentown, PA 18195
MPE & FP ENGINEER: LB & W Design Associates, Inc. - 1176 North Irving Street, #200, Allentown, PA 18109
INTERIOR DESIGN: DesignPoint, Inc. - 54 South Commerce Way, #110, Bethlehem, PA 18017
EMBASSY BANK AT GATEWAY PLAZA
GENERAL MANAGER & GENERAL CONTRACTOR: The Norwood Company - 974 Marcon Boulevard, #220, Allentown, PA 18109
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Pennoni Associates Inc. - 2041 Avenue C, #100, Bethlehem, PA 18017
INTERIOR DESIGN: DesignPoint, Inc. - 54 South Commerce Way, #110, Bethlehem, PA 18017


Every so often in today's hectic development world, a perfect marriage falls into place. In this case, the architects, Bonsall Shafferman had prepared an entire set of construction documents for a 26,500-square-foot three-story, class A office building, only to find them tucked away in their file drawers, awaiting a major tenant to appear, so construction could begin. After nearly nine months, the architect's former client approached the firm to design an up-scale local start-up bank which would serve their clientele through the use of sit-down teller stations. They had been looking for a similar location, but had found none. They were introduced to the developer and within a short period of time, a lease was prepared and the building was underway. In order to keep a tight control on construction costs, the team of architect/developer/ construction manager was immediately formed. The original design was modified by eliminating approximately one-fourth of the first floor to provide a drive-thru, leaving approimately 5,400 square feet for banking functions.

The two-story brick entry reaches out to welcome its visitors while providing an atrium lobby inside. Extensive use of bronze glass set in light bronze curtainwall and ribbon windows compliment the rich brown brick which is accentuated by beige brick horizontal bands articulating the floor lines; simple, yet elegant.

Inside, the public spaces have been detailed with rich cherry wood walls, contrasting with two subtle shades of natural limestone on the floor. The elevator landing and stairs are carpeted in a modeled tweed of dark grey and gold. This color palette created by DesignPoint, Inc. was carried into the bank's interior by Bonsall Shafferman Architects & Space Planners, reinforcing the idea that the building lobby is an extension of the bank. The same cherry detailing was maintained throughout the public portion of the bank. A dark grey carpet of circular textured swirls, emulating the bank's logo, a rippling water droplet reaching out to its entire customer base. The ceiling throughout the space "ripples" as well and has been installed in several stepped and curved planes. To reflect the bank's corporate colors, a large 7-foot 3-inch dome was installed in the dark blue entry ceiling and rimmed with gold. Offices of the bank personnel have been constructed with glass doors and panels framed in cherry for visibility of the bank floor, as well as construing a welcome availability to customers.

Construction of the steel frame building, under the direction of The Norwood Company, started in late fall and continued throughout a mild winter, with the bank's interior fit-out coinciding with the various construction trades. Both were completed some eight months later and the bank moved in as the first tenant. On an interesting note, Embassy Bank has recently purchased the building from the original owner/developer, Arcadia Properties, LLC, who, incidentally is a tenant on the third floor.

MANUFACTURERS/SUPPLIERS
GATEWAY PLAZA OFFICE BUILDING
DIV 04: Brick: Carolina Ceramics Brick Company; Accent Brick: Watsontown Brick Company.
DIV 07: EDPM: Carlisle.
DIV 08: Window System: Tubelite T1900; CurtainWall: Tubelite 400.
DIV 09: Paint: Sherwin Williams.
EMBASSY BANK AT GATEWAY PLAZA
DIV 09: Carpet: Atlas Carpet Mills, Bigelow; Vinyl: Mannington; Rubber Cove: Roppe; Acoustical Treatment: USG Interiors; Paint: Sherwin Williams.


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