First International Bank & Trust

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

JLG Architects recently announced renovation plans with First International Bank & Trust (FIBT) at the heart of Sioux Falls, SD. The 7,870 SF building will mark FIBT’s first branch in Sioux Falls, showcasing the family-owned financial institution’s century-long passion for serving growing communities and fellow businesses. The project will be a multi-phased endeavor with the first phase scheduled for completion in October 2022.

With a prominent location on Minnesota Avenue, FIBT chose to renovate an existing building, working with JLG Architects on a design that provides all occupants access to natural light, optimized workstations, areas to recharge, and a connection to the outdoors – fostering health and wellness, from exterior to interior. JLG’s Sioux Falls’ team will work closely with FIBT staff to create an entirely daylit space, with an array of unique amenities to better serve their customers and employee culture. “This will be a storytelling, heartfelt, and inviting destination that truly demonstrates First International’s continuing dedication to community, their family’s integrity, and their Midwestern roots,” said Matthew Dunham, AIA, JLG Architects.

In the rendering presented by JLG Architects’ market leader, Catherine Dekkenga, FIBT’s Sioux Falls branch showcases modern-contemporary design with its distinct use of walnut wood, both on the exterior and as a sophisticated veneer ribbon throughout the interior spaces. Walnut and black walls will become an elegant backdrop for a series of large black-and-white historical images depicting the region’s rich historical landscape and the bank’s pride in being a third generation, family-owned business. The offices will be constructed around the perimeter with upgraded contemporary finishes, DIRTT wall systems on the main floor, and glass fronts to maximize daylight. JLG is also planning for a strong feature in the front sitting area, including a freestanding, polished concrete see-through fireplace to create a warm, contemporary living room experience.

Although the existing site layout will undergo minimal changes, and customer parking will remain off 14th Avenue near the front entrance, the teller drive lanes will be modified and aligned with a new exterior. The exterior signage monument and the digital wall on the interior will be similar in design with their large screens framed in sleek black panels. An outdoor patio will be constructed off the new employee breakroom near the south side of the lot. The front canopy will be removed and replaced with a modern mono-slope roof structure with warm walnut wood panel soffits and accent lighting.