Renovations under way at KeyBank branch

93-year-old building to receive a facelift

Posted: Tuesday, October 23, 2007

KeyBank has begun a nine-month renovation that will restore the façade of its vintage branch in downtown Juneau, which includes remodeling its interior.

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The bank, at 234 Seward St., was constructed in 1914 for B.M. Behrends Bank and is one block from the Alaska Capitol.

Plastic now wraps much of the building and will stay until the exterior work is finished in late November. Interior upgrades will begin in December, with the project's completion expected by summer 2008. The bank will remain in full operation throughout the remodel.

KeyBank has operated at this location since it acquired B.M. Behrends Bank in 1989. This is the second major remodel that KeyBank has undertaken.

The building will be weatherproofed on the outside. A new energy-efficient roofing system and a new exterior finish will be installed. The building will be repainted, discreet signs will be installed and new landscaping put in at the corner of Third and Main streets. Above the front door, the original B.M. Behrends Bank inscription will remain in place.

Indoor remodeling plans include large, flat-screen video monitors behind the tellers; photos of historic Juneau; glass-walled, enclosed offices for customer privacy; and new furniture and lighting. The original vault, dating back to the 1880s, will remain in use.

At each teller window, a small screen will let customers monitor transactions. Tellers will use the technology to view all client account records swiftly as they answer questions, make account adjustments and offer real-time financial counsel.

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