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First United Bank

Shawnee, Oklahoma

First United Bank sought to create an open, inviting environment that serves the community and features a design that is sustainable, timeless, and long-lasting. To that effect, the Gensler team developed a concept that functions primarily as a community center but also happens to be a bank. The mass timber design seamlessly integrates sustainable practices throughout the building.

The recognizable deep roof overhangs optimize sun exposure throughout the year, and the rooftop solar panels are designed to offset 130k kWh annually to achieve Net Zero Energy. Low-flow plumbing reduces water usage by 45%, while rainwater is harvested from sloped roofs and cisterns to irrigate the native landscape — a total of 250k gallons of rainwater can be collected per year. The combination of LED lighting, efficient HVAC design, and attention to envelope detailing allows for an overall 41.6% improvement over code standards to help meet Net Zero Energy savings.