Bank begins $5.5M HQ makeover


A partial rendering of United Bank's renovated 30,000-square-foot headquarters in southeast Grand Rapids. Courtesy United Bank

A local bank is giving its headquarters a modern facelift.

United Bank held a groundbreaking ceremony last week to launch its $5.5-million renovation project on its headquarters in Grand Rapids, at 900 E. Paris Ave. SE, to accommodate its growth in the area.

United Bank plans to remain open during the project, which should be completed around this October.

Connie Hook, SVP of marketing at United Bank, said the project is based on the bank's growth in the area and its commitment to Grand Rapids and West Michigan.

Hook added that the renovation is also being done “to benefit both our customers and our employees.”

HQ renovation details

The renovation will include the bank expanding from the first and second floors into the third floor of the 30,000-square-foot building.

The third floor was previously leased to other businesses, and it will be the first time United Bank has occupied the entire facility.

The headquarters will continue to house a branch for customers and provide space for commercial lending, residential mortgage lending and additional services.

Hook said the building's updated branch will offer a "fresh" and "welcoming environment for our clients."

The first and third floors of the building will receive a complete overhaul, from layout to furnishings.

The second floor will have less-extensive work done, since there was a previous renovation project completed on that floor.

“We are bringing in new technology and updating work environments, giving our staff the tools to continue to meet their goals of providing the best service possible,” Hook said.

The renovation work also extends to the outside of the building: improving the flow of traffic in the parking lot, updating the exterior of the building and changing the greenery.

“We are located by the highway and a visible building,” Hook said. “There are some unique features that are going to make it just a beautiful icon.”

Local partners

Art Johnson, chairman and CEO of United Bank, said the bank is using all local contractors for the project as part of its commitment to the community.

“We are pleased that the same location we chose many years ago continues to suit our needs, and we are very enthusiastic about bringing this modern new facility to West Michigan,” Johnson said.

Some of the local companies the bank has partnered with for the project include Progressive AE, Pioneer Construction, Custer, Steelcase and Katerberg Verhage.

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