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Wood: Transforming workplace health and wellness

This remarkably successful commercial bank is headquartered in a 36,000 sq ft, two-story u-shaped structure, cast in the natural warmth and familiarity of wood. Nearly 400 southern yellow pine glulam beams, columns, and trusses in lengths up to 34 feet were used to help support facade and ceiling areas. Glulam components dramatize the strength, suppleness and beauty of natural materials, contributing to a warm, staff-friendly environment.

Project Details

This acclaimed, remarkably successful commercial bank is headquartered in a 36,000 square foot, $10.8 million, two-story U-shaped structure. Because the bulk of the Live Oak Bank’s business is transacted and serviced online, you won’t find a marble lobby, teller windows, or drive-up ATMs. What you will find is an emphatic emphasis on employee health and wellness with abundant natural light, easy outdoor access, fitness and dining amenities, broadly-accessible technology, all cast in the natural warmth and familiarity of wood.

Leading with Wood

“The bank’s senior leadership wanted a bank that reflected the natural beauty of North Carolina,” says project architect Laura Miller, AIA, LEED AP of regional architectural firm LS3P, headquartered in Charleston, S.C., with five regional offices including one in Wilmington. “The people that work there are some of the smartest I’ve ever met. They work long hours. Employee retention and happiness also weighed heavily in the owner’s requirements.” Wood’s leading role in crafting a winning aesthetic was never in doubt.

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