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  United Bank


AT Architecture, Inc.
848 Main Street, #7, Billings, MT 59105

General Description

Location: Laurel, Montana
Date Bid: Aug 2006
Construction Period: Sep 2006 to Oct 2007
Total Square Feet: 5,000 Site: .6456 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 3,500; second floor, 1,500;
total, 5,000 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 9’11”; second floor, 8’; floor to floor, 9’11”; Total, 34’9”.
Basic Construction Type: Type V - Metal Frame.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced concrete.
Exterior Walls: Log siding, EIFS, river rock. Roof: Asphalt shingles. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.

Construction Team

Structural Engineer: Krivonen & Associates, PC - 725 Grand Avenue, Billings, MT 59101
General Contractor: High Tech Construction - 1201 4th Avenue North, Billings, MT 59101
Electrical & Mechanical Engineer: Con’eer Engineering Inc. - 1629 Avenue D, #C7, Billings, MT 59102
Civil Engineer: Engineering, Inc. - 1300 N. Transtech Way, Billings, MT 59102
Interior Designer: Design Studio Interiors - 3620 Kiowa Trail, Billings, MT 59106

United Bank, page 48

United Bank in Laurel was designed in the same character as the existing United Banks in the communities of Absarokee and Columbus. This motif is reflective of the mountains and rivers in the area. The log siding and river rock detailing on the exterior give this project this rustic yet sophisticated look. It was also a design requirement of the land owner as a condition running with the deed. The building blends well with the existing buildings on either side, yet sets a new standard of design for this area. This river rock and rustic rock look is carried through in the landscaping and the street sign.

The massive entry columns and truss cap provide a good entry presence. Local artists crafted the wrought iron benches flanking the entry. The entry column rocks carry into the vestibule. This rock and timber motif is present on the interior of the building. Wrought iron is added in greater detail on the interior. These wrought iron details substantiate the permanence and strength of the institution of the bank.

The vestibule has a 9-foot ceiling that prepares you for the vertical atrium space that is filled with interesting and exciting design elements. Your attention is drawn first to the vertical structure that mimics the exterior, complete with roof. This vertical river rock, timber and stucco structure is the elevator tower. As your eye is drawn upward, the artist designed and constructed chandelier grabs your attention. Local husband and wife team of Glass Horse Design shaped the chandelier from metal & hand blown glass. As your attention is grabbed next by the beautiful curved wood & wrought iron staircase on the left and the rustic and bold teller station on the right. All this topped by a natural wood ceiling with open glulam trusses with heavy metal connectors.

The lighting is kept indirect for the main atrium in order to highlight the upward elements and to be easy on the eyes. The rooms are a delightful reflection of the theme of timber, rock, iron, wood & stucco. It is a wonderful combination of elements design by ATA & Design Studio Interiors.

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