CTA has enjoyed a 20-year partnership with Stockman Bank of Montana, creating a dozen new banks as well as numerous additions and renovations. Having its roots in agriculture, Stockman had facilities in rural Eastern Montana communities. In the early 1990s, Stockman Bank (FirstWest Bank at the time) selected CTA to design its first “urban” bank.
Working with the bank leadership, CTA led the creation of an architectural aesthetic that was both respective of the bank’s agricultural heritage and appropriate in its new urban locales. Masonry construction, utilizing polychrome brick and stone, recalls the permanence and presence of banks in the historic West. Curving walls, expanses of glass and metal eyebrows integrate contemporary aesthetic into the traditional forms. The resulting brand identity is iconic and unmistakably Stockman.
Stockman Bank’s forthcoming six-story, 65,000 sq. ft. building on the corner of Orange and Broadway Streets in downtown Missoula will offer a full complement of services including consumer, commercial, real estate, and agricultural lending. The building’s exterior design is clearly identifiable as part of the Stockman Bank family with three stories of polychrome brick and stone, three stories of glass, and a curving glass lobby wall. With a high-level LEED certification anticipated, this will be the most energy-efficient building in Stockman’s portfolio and likely the most energy efficient bank/office building of its size ever completed by CTA. Construction began in summer 2015 and is scheduled for completion in December 2017.