Jones National Bank & Trust

Jones National Bank & Trust

Jones National Bank & Trust Company has a 130-year history of serving the Seward area, and a deep commitment to community stewardship. We worked with them for several years prior to this renovation to determine options to build new or expand their facility.

The decision to expand was made out of respect to the prominence and heritage of its location on Seward’s town square. As our work was the fourth addition to the original building, we stripped the exterior and reorganized the interior to create a cohesive, unified appearance that draws on the original 1958 design. Clerestory windows bring in natural light. 

Inside the facility, we incorporated existing wood paneling and a slate floor into the design to create a sense of continuity. A glass mosaic by Seward artist Reinhold Marxhausen was restored and dramatically lit.

To meet the needs of modern banking, we incorporated furnishings that accommodate technology but are flexible for future changes. We crafted the space planning around how the bank interacts with customers in different situations. Acoustics and levels of privacy for different banking services was key.

To serve the community, the bank has a large space in the basement with audio-visual capacity for community events. The dividable room is directly accessible from outside the bank, and each dividable “room” can be entered separately.

Site planning was critical. An adjacent building was removed, allowing for more parking and a double-loaded drive-through lane. We also created a green space, providing a more appealing entrance into the town square.