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