Optimus Architecture was retained by Ulster Savings Bank in 2006 to provide all design services for their facilities and new branch banks. Their Red Hook branch bank represents their plans for new freestanding branch banks. This 4,200 sf facility with four drive-thru lanes and six teller stations offers all of the services available from Ulster Savings.
Ulster Savings Bank, with its long history in the Hudson Valley and facilities in many historic communities wanted a design with traditional historic character. Optimus has designed traditional style buildings in the most discerning Hudson Valley communities including Rhinebeck. As a result of our experience and reputation, our design was very well received by the Red Hook Planning Board, whereas a previous proposal at this location by a different bank had failed to obtain approval.
Optimus has designed several other branch banks for Ulster Savings since 2006. We designed a branch in Woodstock, as a partial tenant in a former grocery store. We designed a branch in Gardner, in a large two story historic house, formerly divided into apartments and commercial use.
Optimus has provided site and building feasibility studies to assist Ulster Savings in determining suitable projects. We have also assisted with maintenance projects at their headquarters and various branches. In this manner, we have learned the standards, priorities and personnel of Ulster Savings Bank which helps us to be more responsive and efficient in meeting their needs and delivering our services. Our assistance early in the project planning process and with site plan approvals with the appropriate drawings and response to Planning Board issues has enabled the bank to move more quickly toward implementation and completion of their projects. Opening new doors to new customers within timely schedules is essential to Ulster Savings Bank’s expansion plans.