American National Bank held a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday, August 27, 2018, to kick off the highly anticipated construction for its new branch located at 520 S. Saddle Creek Road in Omaha. Bank executives, Board members, employees, and clients of American National Bank along with Mayor Jean Stothert and other local dignitaries and media were in attendance to celebrate the occasion.
“This is a great day to say congratulations and thank you to John and Wende Kotouc and everyone at American National Bank. Thank you for your investment in our community. We see exceptional growth here in Midtown Omaha for business, urban living, entertainment, and retail. All are important to bring new customers and new families into the heart of the city,” said Mayor Jean Stothert.
The new branch is being designed by RDG Planning and Design and will be approximately 10,000 square feet and will feature a two-story atrium in an open concept design with state-of-the-art technology offering clients 3,500 square feet of comprehensive retail banking services with interior and exterior ITM’s allowing for a different way to do banking in a self-service environment. The new space will also feature meeting and private office facilities as well as 6,500 square feet of leasable prime retail space. This branch is specifically designed with the community in mind to promote a unique and personalized experience for our customers and for retail tenants.
The location is convenient to the nearbyBlackstone District and University of Nebraska Medical Center with easy access to downtown Omaha. The architectural design is reminiscent of the historic integrity of the Blackstone district. New sidewalks, lighting, signage, and landscaping will complement the totally revamped and reimagined structure. The addition of this branch to the surrounding community will positively impact the vibrancy of the transformation taking place in the neighborhood and the revitalization happening throughout Omaha. American National Bank has also been in discussions with nationally-recognized boutique retailers not currently serving the Omaha Metro market, all of which complement UNMC’s nationally ranked center.
About MCL Construction:
MCL Construction is an Omaha, Nebraska, based Construction Manager and General Contractor. It builds relationships with business partners by using construction expertise with innovative building strategies to provide a collaborative building experience.
Citylight Church recently moved into the old Hy-Vee grocery store near Oakview Mall. The re-purposed space designed by BVH Architects and built by MCL Construction gives Citylight a significant presence in West Omaha. Why an old grocery store? According to Citylight, renovating an existing building would provide a better value than new construction, and retail spaces surface as a reliable option due to their availability, comparatively low cost, and ideal locations.
The new space holds up to 1,000 people for worship gatherings. Citylight wants to be a church family, so they've always pushed back against the idea of a dark theater with all the focus on a few professionals on a stage. They want to be able to see each other and worship together publicly.
"MCL Construction was instrumental in accomplishing the vision for this project at a strong value that allowed Citylight to move forward in this new chapter of our mission to multiply disciples and churches."
Going to West Omaha, they contextualized the building to its environment - they didn’t want to try to replicate a traditional church building or their 100-year-old Midtown building. This new space would look very different, yet it needed to feel the same.
When you walk in, you feel welcomed by the openness. There is a large coffee and doughnut bar which serves over 300 cups of coffee and 50 dozen doughnuts each Sunday!
Citylight Church Oak View has an additional 15,000 square feet (8,000 of which was added in a mezzanine above the new kids' ministry and office space) which will be built out in the future as a youth space, additional kids' classrooms, and more office space.
According to Citylight, the response to the West location has been very positive. People love the open feel of the space and the large windows. The facility feels very at home in West Omaha while keeping a similar feel to its Midtown location.