BankNewport repurposes former AAA branch to open first Providence bank location

OPEN FOR BUSINESS: Guests mingle and converse at the new BankNewport branch on Dorrance Street in Providence during the open house event June 26 celebrating the branch’s grand opening. The branch replaced the former AAA branch with a full redesign, replacing the teller counter with pod stations for customer seating, making the space more open. The full-service branch also includes two indoor personal teller machines. / After photos: PBN PHOTOS/JAMES BESSETTE
OPEN FOR BUSINESS: Guests mingle and converse at the new BankNewport branch on Dorrance Street in Providence during the open house event June 26 celebrating the branch’s grand opening. The branch replaced the former AAA branch with a full redesign, replacing the teller counter with pod stations for customer seating, making the space more open. The full-service branch also includes two indoor personal teller machines. / After photos: PBN PHOTO/JAMES BESSETTE

BankNewport branch | 55 Dorrance St., Providence Building owner: Vince Geoffroy


PBN PHOTO/JAMES BESSETTE

Building tenants: BankNewport; Dorrance Street Property Management; Adler, Cohen, Harvey, Wakeman and Guekguezian LLP; Rhode Island Health and Educational Building Corp.; Ultimate Parking/LAZ Parking; McQueeney Law; Horsley Witten Group
Architect and interior designer: Rod Topolewski of Brown Lindquist Fenuccio & Raber Associates Inc.
Developer/general contractor: Farrar & Associates
Cost: WND

SEE-THROUGH: Windows along the Dorrance Street side of the new BankNewport branch in Providence allow both a view inside the new bank and house three offices for bank representatives.
SEE-THROUGH: Windows along the Dorrance Street side of the new BankNewport branch in Providence allow both a view inside the new bank and house three offices for bank representatives. / PBN PHOTO/JAMES BESSETTE

Use: BankNewport recently established its first Providence branch, located in the city’s Financial District, after a four-month overhaul of the former AAA branch, which began in February, on the lower floor of 55 Dorrance St. The full-service branch will offer customers new technologies for banking. The teller counter was replaced with pod stations for customer seating for all transactions. The bank also will have personal teller machines offering extended hours of banking support, and secured cash recyclers will replace traditional teller cash drawers. Three glass offices along the Dorrance Street side of the branch will house bank representatives handling mortgage and business banking needs. Designer Rod Topolewski said he wanted to create “high visibility” from the street with the glass offices, so people can see into the branch clearly. Blue pilasters within the glass offices are backlit by LED lights, that are lit 24 hours a day. The ceiling design includes sound mitigation devices, or “clouds,” which are designed to partially include elements of BankNewport’s logo.

Before photo: COURTESY BANKNEWPORT

BEFORE: COURTESY BANKNEWPORT
PBN PHOTO/JAMES BESSETTE
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