Working with Pentagram Architects, HHL Architects developed a new branch design and produced a Facility Design Standards manual for use across the eight (8) Mid-Atlantic region states M&T Bank serves, with approximately 800 current branch locations. The Design Standards 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 (photos shown) is the first branch built in accordance with the new design guidelines and is considered M&T Bank’s flagship branch.
Energy Conservation and Sustainable Goals:
M&T Bank’s “green” goal for its branch design is to be a low carbon footprint, consume as little energy as possible and produce minimal amounts of waste. The new branch design incorporates measures which capture and manage daylight, maximize thermal resistance and makes the environment of the branch comfortable and healthy to the occupants and its neighbors. Local Building Codes may require compliance with an Energy Conservation Code (ECC). The prototype branch is designed to not only accomplish compliance with the ECC (of New York State) but to exceed the minimum requirements.
The design also followed closely with the US Green Buildings Council (USGBC) Leadership in Energy Environmental Design (LEED). Due to the elements incorporated into the design, a LEED “Certified” level should be achievable if certification is pursued for a branch, but a Silver level or higher is also possible.
M&T Bank has not established a minimum certification level as a goal nor determined if each branch should be LEED-Certified. This will be a project-by-project decision made by M&T. If LEED certification is pursued, other sources of funding and support, applicable to the locale (such as the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority), shall be considered to offset increased construction costs and to assist in certification procedures.