A design that’s right on the money.
For its first branch in Spokane, Washington Federal sought a contemporary design that complements the flagship location’s urban setting and connects with both the community and the site’s natural environment.
The bank branch, which also houses Washington Federal’s Eastern Washington division office, occupies half of the first floor; the balance of the 12,000-square-foot building is raw space for future tenants. Amenities include a lobby with walk-up counter, a small call center, a conference room, offices, and two lanes on the east side of the building for drive-through access to banking services.
The exterior of the two-level (plus basement) building features brick on the first floor and metal panels on the second floor. Fiber-cement cladding accentuates the building’s prominent vertical elements and emphasizes the main entry. Detailing is linear and geometric.
Extensive glazing on both floors affords views of the city park across the street, with first-floor ground-to-ceiling windows providing a visual link to passersby.
The project is bisected by a city alley that cannot be vacated – with the building site on the north side of the alley and parking lot on the south side. BWA utilized the alley as part of the general access to the site, placing pedestrian access on the north side of the alley.
- Client: Washington Federal
- Location: Spokane, Washington
- Size: 12,000 square feet
- Completed: 2015