First International Bank & Trust Completes Fargo South Remodel
Newly-imagined space now complete
First International Bank & Trust (FIBT) has completed renovations on its location at 3001 25th St S. After 27 years in the Fargo-Moorhead community, the nearly three-decade-old interior was due for a new take. The project required designers to develop a strategy that would completely transform the space while still allowing the bank to remain operational throughout its duration. The final result is a beautiful, comfortable space that offers top-notch amenities for staff and customers.
Remodeling the building’s lower level began in June 2019. Originally, it had a dark, cut-up, maze-like interior with 17 offices and 18 workstations. The space was completely redesigned and now features a lobby, two additional meeting spaces, 27 offices, and a reception desk. Natural light now reaches nearly every corner of the workspace, which is home to the Wealth Management department and a variety of corporate employees.
The second phase of the project began in the Summer of 2020 and was complete in October of 2021. All original windows and exterior doors were replaced throughout the building. The lobby, front entry, and drive-thru were reimagined. The traditional teller line was changed to a modern standalone “teller pod” concept, creating a more personable environment for customer transactions. A standalone storage garage was built, all curbs and sidewalks were replaced, and the parking lots were resurfaced. Through careful planning, the bank was able to keep the lobby open to customers during normal hours and only had to shut down the drive-thru for three weeks.
Functionality meets forward-thinking design in the newly imagined space. Great attention went into selecting details and finishes to ensure the new interior will stand the test of time. Homage is paid to the bank’s western North Dakota roots; an original painting by Fargo artist Andrew Stark hangs above the impressive lobby fireplace. It depicts the Little Missouri River cutting through the rugged landscape.
“The branch is now more reflective of who we are,” says First International Bank & Trust President Peter Stenehjem. “Our priority is to deliver a top-notch experience to every customer, from start to finish. Walking through the doors into this inviting space helps us make an impactful first impression and sets a positive tone for the interaction ahead.”