Gateway to the Adirondacks

Gateway to the Adirondacks

The Owners of the Adirondack Trust Bank’s vision for this project was to blend traditional Adirondack design with their progressive business philosophy. Two building design priorities were identified: accessibility to customers and passive security through visibility.

The existing site conditions lead to a solution that located the open Manager’s workstations to the south, adjacent to the entry lobby and providing clear visual connection through the teller stations to the drive through services at the north. This layering of spaces created a progression of decreasing occupant loads which informed the building’s parti; the plan is narrowest at the most secure north end of the building and opens as it works south to the public zones, symbolizing their open approach to business.

The progression of secure to open spaces is reinforced in the build-ing’s form where a two-story mono-pitched roof protects walls
of glass enclosing the manager’s stations and public lobby. Walls become more solid as the building program becomes more secure. A mix of heavy timber and locally quarried stone relate to regional Adirondack camps while the aluminum and glass curtainwalls and painted fiber cement siding reference more contemporary buildings.

“It was an absolute pleasure to work with Balzer & Tuck Architecture on our new bank branch project. From our initial meetings to schematic design, construction documentation and then finally moving dirt and putting our new facility in the ground, the process couldn’t have gone smoother. BTA was always available for calls and extremely quick to provide their professional opinions on any adjustments or modifications that might be necessary. They worked extremely well with our General Contractor and all our subs as well. We couldn’t be happier with our product and look forward to working with them again on another project down the road”. – Dean A. Kolligian, Vice President


2021 Honor Award from AIA Eastern New York

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