Bank of Colorado’s new building officially open |

Bank of Colorado’s new building officially open

A highly visible new cornerstone for downtown Glenwood Springs that has been under construction for over a year is finally occupied and ready for business.

Bank of Colorado officially moved into its new building at the southwest corner of Ninth and Grand over the weekend, and was to be open for business in the first-floor lobby Monday.

The 18,700-square-foot, two-story bank building has been under construction since the middle of last year after the former one-time auto dealership building was demolished.

“We have received much praise from the community regarding the look and feel of the building,” said Bill Deter, market president for Bank of Colorado. “I believe the building’s architecture pays great respect to the history of Glenwood, but also lends a glimpse into Glenwood’s future.”

Almost all of the design and construction work was done by Roaring Fork Valley contractors.

Building architects were David Ritchie and Andy Wisnoski of Poss Architecture, and the interior design was done by Melanie Grant, also of Poss. The general contractor for the project was DM Neuman Construction.

The design features an open, first-floor bank lobby and offices. A large Lanny Grant painting of Mt. Sopris as viewed from the Nieslanik ranch above Carbondale serves as the center piece, and photography of area scenery by Michael Askew hangs throughout.

Even the conference room table is a work of art, including wood work by Marty Schlein of Blue Sky Woodcraft and metal work by Ken Riley of Roaring Forge. Adorning the conference room wall and visible from the street corner outside is a three-panel “triptych” photo by Askew of the Yule Creek valley above Marble.

The building covers a smaller footprint than the former one-story structure, allowing for a grassy area to the south and retaining the 18-space parking lot on that side of the building as well.

One decision that was made along the way was to add a 22.89-kilowatt solar PV rooftop system, including 70 SunPower modules that were installed by Sunsense Solar of Carbondale. The system is expected to produce 44,566 AC kilowatt hours of electricity annually, and should result in about a 30 percent savings in energy costs for the bank, Deter said.

Three second-story office suites will be occupied by commercial tenants, including Land Title and Garfield & Hecht attorneys, both of which are expected to move in by the first of the year. A third tenant is still to be determined, Deter said.

“One thing that’s really enticing that most of the other downtown buildings don’t have is parking,” Deter said. In addition to the 18-space lot to the south, Bank of Colorado also has 50 additional parking spaces south of the drive-through facility at Ninth and Colorado.

The drive-through will also be getting a face lift over the next few weeks, including wider lanes. As a result, it will be closed for four to six weeks, Deter said.

The former building originally housed Rose Motors, one of several auto dealerships to be located downtown during the middle part of the 20th century. Bank officials had first considered remodeling the old building, but decided to start from scratch and go with a new look, Deter said.

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