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  FineMark National Bank & Trust

FineMark National Bank & TrustArchitect

43 Barkley Circle, #202, Fort Myers, FL 33907

General Description

Location: Fort Myers, Florida
Date Bid: April 2007
Construction Period: July 2007 to May 2008
Total Square Feet: 20,039 Site: 1.86 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 9,322; second floor, 10,717; total, 20,039 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 14’8”; second floor, 12’11”; penthouse, 14’10”; total height, 42’5”.
Basic Construction Type: New.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced concrete,
slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: CMU, curtainwall. Roof: Membrane, metal. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.

Construction Team

Structural Engineer: TLC Engineering for Architecture - 1400 Colonial Boulevard, #203, Fort Myers, FL 33907
General Contractor: Owen-Ames-Kimball Company - 11941 Fairway Lakes Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33913
Structural, Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: TLC Engineering for Architecture - 1400 Colonial Boulevard, #203, Fort Myers, FL 33907

This 20,000-square-foot, 2-story Corporate Headquarters is located on a 1.86 acre corner lot in the Riverwalk Development in Fort Myers and serves as the flagship of this recently formed bank. FineMark’s business model is to provide full service banking to a high echelon of clientele. The bank also is committed to community involvement and support. The space houses the bank’s officers, lenders, investment advisors and all customer service amenities. The facility also includes a commercial kitchen, which services meetings being held in various conference rooms as well as a partitionable 85 seat, public community room. A challenge of the project, and a priority of the board members, was to maximize the use of the site vs. the building square footage and required parking.

Project goals included optimization of the building’s exposure from the main road, creating a building that expresses a strong image and the solid foundation that a bank must portray. The mass and volume of the building were increased to emphasize the corner thus recognizing it as the main entrance. The building corner was chamfered to further increase the entry plane and walls were offset to establish hierarchies. Extended parapets further accentuate the entry and shield any exposure of mechanical equipment set on the roof. The building’s exterior recalls elements of traditional banks with a repeating pattern of two story solid columns accented by large recessed planes of tinted glass. Sunscreens over the windows provide protection for the glass as well as articulation of the facade.

Another goal was to create a building with a timeless image that does not respond to a specific architectural style. The metal roofing, curbed portico, expressed entry, metal curtain wall glazing, canopies and sun-shades provide contemporary, progressive accent elements, while the more traditional solid stable mass of the building dominates the design composition.

The guiding principle for interior design was “traditional with a fresh approach”. The client’s wish to achieve an “established bank grand look” was accomplished with architectural elements like interior colonnade, high end wood interior features, large scale granite floors, wood paneling in the lobby and high ceilings. The high quality and durable materials and finishes that express the class and excellence of a well established banking organization were used through the facility.

Another important objective in designing the interior space was to introduce a generous amount of daylight to provide an openness and transparency to the exterior and between interior spaces. To achieve the transparency and visibility required by bank operations, large interior windows to all meeting rooms and private offices were glazed with large butt jointed panels, providing an uncluttered appearance.


DIV. 7: Membrane: GAF; Metal: Berridge Manufacturing.
DIV. 8: Aluminum Entrances & Storefronts: YKK AP America; Automatic Doors: Stanley Automatics.
DIV. 14: Elevators: Schindler.
DIV. 26: Lighting: Williams, Beghelli, Daybrite, Infinity, Beta.


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