New project in the works: Clackamas County Bank / by Matt Loosemore

SUM is ready to roll out a new project this fall.

After meetings with the client, meetings with the community, and a design review with the City of Gresham, we’re ready to break ground on the newest branch of Clackamas County Bank in Gresham, Oregon.

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Ironically, the site was a former bank back in the day, then a TCBY (remember them?) and now, when built, will be a 9,500 SF, two-story bank branch with drive-thru facilities, 26 new parking spaces in a surface parking lot, and two short-term bicycle spaces located outside the building, with associated site improvements.  

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The new branch, with four existing branches already in Welches, Boring, Gresham (to be closed), and Sandy, will be comprised of a main floor with the main branch area, as well as offices and support spaces. The second floor will contain loan offices and—this is cool—a community room where local organizations can gather for meetings and events. It’s a nice touch and makes the space one the community can use and genuinely benefit from.  

Off to the side of the community room, visitors will be able to enjoy a large outdoor fireplace during our cold, rainy months. Rainwater will be gathered over the entry canopy and flow down the face of the building in an open downspout manner so that visitors can actually see the water going into the rain garden (another enhancement we proposed and are thrilled to have make it to the final design).

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Aesthetically, the new bank will use interesting exterior materials. Cladded with 80% brick, light gray and dark gray, the branch will include natural wood and natural Loon Lake stone. Overall the new look will complement the culture of the bank: a warm, inviting place that offers a professional but very personal atmosphere for its customers.

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Clackamas County Bank represents the latest in a portfolio of financial institution projects. Watch for updates on our blog during construction and completion.