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New Project Announcement: Academy Bank plans first freestanding retail banking center prototype in collaboration with Generator Studio

Fairway, Kansas banking center introduces a community-focused and technology-driven experience

KANSAS CITY, Mo (April 15, 2016) – Generator Studio announces its work with locally-owned banking franchise Academy Bank to develop a new prototype for its full-service retail banking centers, beginning with the bank’s first freestanding location in the Kansas City metro area. 

Reflecting the changing needs and expectations of its customers, Academy Bank's new Fairway banking center seamlessly integrates technology-driven offerings with a full suite of high touch commercial, small business and consumer services, and opportunities for personal interaction and relationship development.

Along these lines, key features of Generator Studio’s design for Academy Bank’s Fairway retail banking center include:

·         New to the market interactive video teller machines in the drive-thru lanes give customers the choice of self-service or connecting with a remote teller in a highly personalized, two-way audio/video interaction.

·         An up front and central lounge-style environment, with tablets and charging stations for customers’ convenience and a coffee bar for them to enjoy at their leisure.  

·         A community room for use by local civic and philanthropic groups that includes meeting space and video conferencing, all of which will be made available at no charge.

"There is still a place for bank branches - what is changing is how customers want to use the branch," said Paul Holewinski, CEO of Academy Bank. "We are providing our customers choice and added flexibility in how they bank with us. We are excited about the thought-leadership that Generator Studio has provided us as we position ourselves for growth in the years to come."

Academy Bank's Fairway banking center is expected to open in early May at 4400 Shawnee Mission Parkway. The Bank has 10 other branches throughout the Kansas City metro area, all located within Walmart Super Centers.

About Generator Studio

Located in Kansas City, Missouri, Generator Studio is a full-service architecture firm with extensive experience in hospitality, retail, office, sports and luxury residential. The office is led by its two founders and partners Tom Proebstle and Mike Kress. Collectively, Tom and Mike possess over four decades of experience with multiple project types. Their experience and approach in achieving client business goals via collaborative design has resulted in a solid industry reputation and growth fueled by repeat client business and referrals. 

Notable recent projects include the renovation of Corinth Square Shopping Center in Prairie Village, Kansas; a master plan for the redevelopment of historic downtown Dodge City, Kansas; Taco Republic in Kansas City, Kansas; the Sun Pavilion for the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art; and a 222,000 square-foot community recreation and ice center in St. Louis, Missouri.