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© 2017 by Alvin Reinhard Fritz Architect Inc.

Bank of Montreal’s investment firm required a permanent office adjacent to the existing main branch. The proximity would provide their staff and management the convenience of being in the same building. A proposal to create a transitional atrium space eventually realized an ideal workflow and an attractive, well-lit environment.

As the exterior finishes utilized on the main branch were no longer available, the glazed atrium design provided the needed aesthetic separation. The design flows in its modern style, complimenting the existing bank while providing a new, inviting storefront off Sixth Street South. The atrium adds definition to the substantial new facade, while at the same time providing natural light to the interior offices.

The bold canopy at the new entrance catches the eye with its timeless brand. The signage is easily recognizable from both 4th and 5th Avenue, maximizing the bank’s centrality and proximity to other service providers. The facility has proven to be well-used, providing a convenient and accessible design to foot traffic.

The BMO Nesbitt Burns expansion in its final expression is a well integrated and exciting new addition to its well established presence in the Lethbridge downtown core. The project is a successful addition to ARFAI’s previous work, proving the longevity and synergy of the client/consultant team.