First International Bank & Trust Completes Fargo South Branch Renovation – Grand Forks Herald
FARGO, ND • First International Bank & Trust announces that it has completed the renovation of a 27-year-old building in Fargo.
Located at 3001 25th St. South, the building was ready for a new look, the company said during the announcement on Tuesday, Dec. 7. The bank remained open during the renovations.
The end result, according to the company, is a beautiful, comfortable space that offers high-end amenities for staff and guests.
“The branch is now more reflective of who we are,” said Peter Stenehjem, chairman of First International Bank & Trust.
Renovation of the lower level of the building began in June 2019. The space – originally a dark maze-like interior with 17 offices and 18 workstations – has been completely redesigned and now includes a lobby, two additional meeting rooms, 27 offices and a reception .
Natural light now reaches almost every corner of the workspace, which houses the wealth management department and various company employees.
The second phase of the project began in the summer of 2020 and was completed last October. All original exterior windows and doors have been replaced throughout the building. The lobby, main entrance and drive-thru have been redesigned. The traditional counter line has been replaced by a modern, self-contained “cashier” concept, creating a more personalized environment for customer transactions.
A free-standing storage garage was built, all curbs and sidewalks were replaced, and parking lots were redone. Through careful planning, the bank was able to keep the lobby open to customers during regular hours and only had to close the drive-thru for three weeks.
The company said great care has been taken in the selection of details and finishes to ensure the new interior will stand the test of time. Tribute is paid to the bank’s roots in western North Dakota; 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.
“Our priority is to provide a top-notch experience for every customer, from start to finish,” Stenehjem said. “Walking through the doors of this welcoming space helps us make an impactful first impression and sets a positive tone for the interaction to come.”