When constructing a new building, it's important for a building
owner to purchase the best materials and choose the best
contractors while staying within his budget. Balancing options
should result in a building that fits a building owner's needs. And
nobody understands balancing more than an institution that does it
every day—a bank.
Crystal Lake Bank & Trust Co. N.A., Crystal Lake, Ill.,
balanced its options when it decided to build a branch in McHenry,
Ill., about 10 miles (16 km) northeast of Crystal Lake. In 2001,
the bank's administrators contacted Geudtner & Melichar
Architects, Lake Forest, Ill., and asked the company to design the
Bank staff who had worked in McHenry knew what the town's
residents wanted—a traditional building with employees who
provide excellent customer service and products focused on making
banking a better experience. The bank's administrators wanted to
provide their existing and potential customers with such a bank for
a reasonable sum. However, traditional building materials, such as
stone, are expensive. Fortunately, Geudtner & Melichar
Architects had a plan to give the branch a traditional look without
spending too much money.
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