First Western Bank & Trust cements presence in downtown Bismarck

First Western Bank & Trust

First Western Bank & Trust, the only locally owned hometown bank in Minot, North Dakota, has been a household name in that city since 1964. In recent years, the bank has expanded, and a four-story building now being built by Northwest Contracting in downtown Bismarck will replace the bank’s temporary location there.

When it opens next fall, the 35,000 square-foot building at the corner of 3rd Street and Front Avenue will feature “large expanses of glass and an open floor plan,” allowing “natural light to penetrate through the entire building,” reports JLG Architects, architect for the project.

“A glass two-story conferencing center on the second and third floors will reach out over the public plaza and define the main entry. The roof above the fourth story will be accessible and able to support large gatherings; the views from the high roof deck over downtown Bismarck will be spectacular in all directions.”

“The exterior building materials include natural slate cladding and blackened steel panels. … These materials will help define the brand of First Western Bank & Trust as the company continues to build relationships in the Bismarck area for years to come.”

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