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