First Interstate Bank Building New Branch in Hardin, Montana

February 5th, 2020

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To better serve clients in Hardin, Mont., and the surrounding area, First Interstate is constructing a new bank branch at 1101 N. Center Ave. (corner of North Center and 11th Street West.)

First Interstate officials and community members hosted a ground-breaking ceremony for the new branch in November 2019, and infrastructure and site work construction kicked off in early 2020.

“We are committed to providing the best experience possible for our clients, and a new bank will bring that promise to life,” said Tristan Henke, Bank President in Hardin.

Once the new branch opens (target completion date is December 2020), the current location at 402 N. Center and accompanying drive-thru two blocks away will close.

“We are currently having conversations with parties interested in the building,” Henke said. “We are committed to making sure the current location transitions to an owner who will also invest in downtown Hardin.”

Clients can expect to receive additional communications from First Interstate related to this transition in the coming months.

The new construction, a single-story structure covering approximately 5,500 square feet, will reflect a reduced building footprint but will provide a more expansive drive-thru and additional parking space. The current branch offers a separate drive-thru, and this feature will be connected in the new facility.

“In effect, we’ve right-sized and contemporized the branch to better fit the needs of our clients,” Henke said.

The exterior of the new branch will complement the surrounding development and evoke a contemporary aesthetic. Inside, clients will enjoy an open floor plan as well as art and finishes influenced by local heritage.

First Interstate intends to utilize sustainable construction technology by implementing high- efficiency heating and cooling systems, flooring and ceiling tiles with recycled content, installing DLC-rated LED light fixtures, and employing lighting controls with occupancy sensors—to name a few.

First Interstate has partnered with Jackson Contractor Group for the build with Cushing Terrell serving as the architect and design team.