Working with Pentagram Architects, HHL Architects developed a new Design Standards manual for use across the eight states M&T Bank serves, with approximately 800 current branch locations. The manual was published in Spring 2010. As part of the scope of services, HHL provided ongoing design direction to the numerous local architectural firms implementing the renovation/new build work. Typical building envelope specifications and details, office and workstation standards with the bank’s preferred vendor, and LEED standards were included in the work.
M&T Southgate is the first branch built in accordance with the new Design Standards and is M&T Bank’s flagship branch. M&T has a “green” goal for the new branches to have a low carbon footprint, consume as little energy as possible and produce minimal waste. The new branches incorporate measures which capture and manage daylight and maximize thermal resistance. Local Building Codes may require compliance with an Energy Conservation Code. The design also followed closely with the US Green Buildings Council (USGBC) Leadership in Energy Environmental Design (LEED). A LEED “Certified” level should be achievable if certification is pursued.