Palo Alto

Square Footage


Design Start

May 2010

Completion Date

May 2011

Building Type

Warm Shell


Rylko Builders

First Tech Credit

First Tech Credit


To convert an outdated, dimly-lit, former banking business office into a public credit union banking facility. The space was configured to create a suite for the new bank and adjacent speculative office suite. The bank’s requirements included a teller station, lounge area, private offices, staff workstations and an ATM machine. Additionally, new core restrooms were developed to serve both suites.


Collaboration was paramount among the various stakeholders in the project, especially the banks’ own brand designer, as this project would set the tone and standards for future branch locations. In addition, the building needed updating to meet current building codes, requiring fire rated separation walls between an existing Educational Group E occupancy and a new sprinkler system.

A new ceiling with varying heights and curved soffits helped transform the once dark space into a bright, ambient-lit, welcoming,  environment. Visual cues such as the color matrix of wall panels suspended floor to ceiling, linear flooring patterns and curved millwork elements guide visitors to the various service areas of the bank. New video displays integrated throughout also help inform and educate the banking customers.

Photography by John Sutton