Lake Delton, Wisconsin
Architect: Architectural Design Consultants, Inc.
Owner: Bank of Wisconsin Dells
Contractor: Holtz Builders, Inc.
The nearly 50 year old facility required additional customer service and employee work space as well as an updated envelope with increased energy efficiency and completely modernized mechanical and electrical/data systems. Bank services would have to be uninterrupted and the facility had to fit into the existing fabric of the neighborhood and the larger community.
The design solution was derived from an evaluation of the need to create a brand that was at once familiar and new. The solution includes a low slope, roof with wide overhangs and a colonnade of local natural stone. A taller entry space draws customers into a warm, sunlit lobby. Interior finishes are a blend of tile, stone and wood materials with full height glazed partitions enclosing offices and conference spaces. The design carefully balances transparency to connect the lobby to the streetscape and the offices to the lobby within the interior. The design represents an open and transparent customer experience model.
Challenges included an aging structure with an outmoded layout, masonry walls without insulation and utilities that had been updated in a piecemeal fashion. The expansion was accomplished through a lateral building addition that increased square footage by 40% and efficiency was vastly improved by an outboard continuous layer of rigid insulation. Workflow adjacencies were simplified and improved while the service area was completely renovated with current technology.
The client goal to express their brand through the architecture led to a blend of “Northwoods,” Craftsman and Prairie styles, which are each represented in the local confluence of topography. Regional materials are represented in the interior and exterior design and colors were derived from the surroundings.
A unique highlight includes a large, detailed, laser cut tile artwork that forms the natural and sinuous silhouette of Lake Delton. This namesake geographic feature for the community, initially appearing as abstraction, becomes a point of reference for customer homes and businesses.
The complete transformation of the 42-year-old bank into a modern, welcoming financial facility was accomplished without interruption to the bank’s service hours – a commitment fulfilled through careful project phasing and construction coordination.
Photos: Jake Rost Photography and Tara Draper Photography