Cool Digs: Howard Bank's Remington branch seeks community connections through design
Howard Bank's Remington branch was the first to open following the announcement of Howard's plan to acquire First Mariner Bank — a deal that made Howard the largest Baltimore-based bank since Mercantile Bankshares when it closed in March.
The branch has since been looking for ways to connect with its new neighborhood, from sponsoring the inaugural Remfest to using glass in the design of its space to connect it to the surrounding community.
Inside, the space incorporates a mix of warm cedar wood paneling, concrete floors, industrial metals and light fixtures, modern furniture and white accents. The bank's logo is also referenced with pops of red throughout the office.
Plenty of glass was used in the design, especially in the multiple sets of large, double-height windows and a garage door that connects the conference room to the lobby. The door can be opened for special events in order to create more space and open up the office.
The design by Baltimore firm 33:Design LLC was intended to show how the banking industry is changing, said Wade Barnes, chief marketing officer at Howard. The open floor layout and incorporation of smaller spaces and moveable technology allow for a flexible work environment. Bankers can serve customers from the custom kiosk in the lobby, or in the conference and meeting rooms.
The "modern and sleek" look aims to create "a welcoming space that encourages customers to be inspired," Barnes said.
Selecting Remington as the location for its newest branch was a purposeful choice made by CEO and chairman Mary Ann Scully.
“We chose Remington for three reasons — a commitment to the city of Baltimore, a commitment to a neighborhood community that epitomizes the best of tradition enhanced by innovation and a commitment to a long-term client whom we believe is successfully transforming neighborhoods," Scully said.
The branch is part of Remington Row, a mixed-use project by Seawall Development, and located at 2700 Remington Ave., Suite 100. The 2,500-square-foot space was built out by general contractor and management company, Wilhelm Commercial Builders Inc.
In May, Howard Bank was the main sponsor of Remfest, the first annual neighborhood festival for a community that has recently seen a burst of reinvestment. Scully kicked off the event with a speech and the bank had a table set up to meet with community members.
Howard Bank has about $2.1 billion in assets through its 21 branches in Greater Baltimore. Its $163.4 million deal to acquire First Mariner Bank was approved by federal banking regulators in February.
Howard Bank Remington branch
Address: 2700 Remington Ave Suite 100, Baltimore
Year the branch opened: 2017
Size: 2,500 square feet
Designer: 33: Design LLC
General contractor: Wilhelm Commercial Builders, Inc.
Management company: Wilhelm Commercial Builders, Inc.