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Marysville Branch for Richwood Banking

McCall Sharp Architecture

Posted: March 13, 2018 | Projects

In 2016, the Richwood Banking Company sought to replace their undersized branch building and establish a greater presence in the community of Marysville, Ohio, through an architectural statement. 

The new branch building is a two-story, steel-frame, slab-on-grade structure located in the historic downtown area of Marysville. The design invokes late 19th century Main Street, with its brick and stone exterior, large storefront windows, and location close to the street. 

Inside the new branch bank are unique design features that incorporate the bank’s marketing function, its architectural identity, and its proximity to the historic downtown. 

Richwood Bank has coffee cafes in their existing banking facilities – which attract and befriend new customers. The success of this idea has led to the design of this new branch as their first true composite structure of a bank/cafe. The two-story front lobby is a unique interpretation of the conventional banking hall, which seamlessly blends the functions of a cafe with more conventional banking functions. 

An open stairway connects the lobby with the overlooking second floor. On both floors, subtle changes in materials, ceiling height, and exterior views mark a gradual transition from public cafe in the front to the more intimate offices and meeting rooms in the back.

This composite of two functions on the interior led to the architectural design on the exterior. The bank upholds the street corner with a black aluminum frame tower that marks the main entrance. Large expanses of storefront windows provide the strong interior-exterior connection crucial to a cafe in a downtown setting. 

To match the historic Victorian architectural character of the downtown, and to keep in line with other Richwood Banking facilities, the look of the building transitions from a historic downtown storefront at the street to a brick and stone exterior characteristic of Richwood Bank branches for the main body of the structure.

Finally, the site incorporates a small public park area along the western side of the property that runs along a creek known as Town Run, open for public enjoyment. The park serves to continue a pedestrian connection embodied in the city’s master plan for developing and improving the downtown area. 
This project is a gateway to the historic downtown from the east along the main east/west corridor. It truly incorporates the bank’s marketing function, its architectural identity, and its proximity to the historic downtown. 


Building Envelope: Belden Brick, Reading Rock
Roofing: Dura-Last
Windows: Monarch
Curtain Walls: Gates Brothers Glass
Entrances & Storefronts: Vistawall, Trulite
Interior: Georgia Pacific, United States Gypsum, Armstrong
Flooring: J & J, Shaw, Hamilton Parker, Armstrong, Korseal, MDC
Lighting: LSI, Sunlite, Minka-Lavery, Troy, Kichler, Liton, George Kovacs, ANP, Aurora, Edge
Daylighting: Vistawall, Trulite
Elevators: ThyssenKrupp


McCall Sharp Architecture
100 E. Main Street
Springfield, OH 45502

Structural Engineer 
Eeman & Blinn, Inc.
6037 Frantz Road, #130
Dublin, OH 43017

Mechanical & Electrical Engineer
ELH Engineering
2071 N. Bechtle Avenue, #205
Springfield, OH 45504

Civil Engineer
Hillard Engineering & Surveying, LLC
7667 State Route 55
Urbana, OH 43078

General Contractor
Kapp Construction, Inc.
329 Mount Vernon Avenue
Springfield, OH 45503

Location: Marysville, Ohio 
Date Bid: Aug 2016
Construction Period: Sep 2016 to Jul 2017          
Total Square Feet: 10,776
Site: 1.2 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Sizes: First floor, 6,961; second floor, 3,815; total, 10,776 square feet.  
Building Height: First floor, 16′; second floor, 14′; total, 40′.  
Basic Construction Type: New/II B.
Foundation: Cast-in-place footings, pier & grade beam, slab-on-grade. 
Exterior Walls: CMU, brick.
Roof: Membrane. 
Floors: Concrete. 
Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.

View full project details in magazine issue March-April 2018