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See inside West Bank’s new headquarters that towers over I-235 in West Des Moines

The new West Bank headquarters in West Des Moines has options that will not be classically related to a financial institution — together with a health heart and yoga studio, two golf simulators and outside seating with a bar and hearth.

CEO and president David Nelson mentioned the facilities for its workers and invited visitors will assist appeal to and retain the most effective workforce and supply extra methods to develop significant enterprise relationships. The huge headquarters off Interstate 235 on the Valley West Drive exit additionally represents the primary time the corporate’s administrative workers all can work collectively beneath one roof.

“This is one more example of … what makes us different, what makes us special,” Nelson mentioned throughout a tour Monday of the new $33 million headquarters that opened April 15 at 3330 Westown Parkway.

The new West Bank headquarters in West Des Moines, Monday, April 29, 2024.The new West Bank headquarters in West Des Moines, Monday, April 29, 2024.

The new West Bank headquarters in West Des Moines, Monday, April 29, 2024.

The new four-floor, 73,000 square-foot headquarters that overlooks the freeway will serve 5 financial institution branches in the metro, one in Coralville and 4 in Minnesota. The headquarters itself has a drive-thru and foyer for financial institution enterprise.

Nelson mentioned the lease at two workplace buildings on twenty second Street and Westown Parkway, the place the financial institution had been a tenant for 52 years, expired on April 30.

But West Bank has been an establishment for for much longer than that. What was then referred to as Valley Junction State Bank was established in 1893 on the nook of Fifth and Maple streets by German immigrant husband and spouse Herman and Anna Raaz.

West Bank spokesperson Sara Gallagher mentioned theirs is the oldest enterprise in West Des Moines and Anna Raaz might have been one of many first feminine bankers in Iowa. Valley Junction State Bank later turned West Des Moines State Bank after which West Bank.

There are nonetheless some ending touches to be accomplished inside and out, particularly to the constructing’s landscaping. But Nelson mentioned there will probably be a ribbon reducing May 1, and he hopes the constructing can spur redevelopment in the encompassing space.

David Nelson, president and CEO of West Bank, looks out from the fourth story patio of the bankÕs new headquarters in West Des Moines, Monday, April 29, 2024.David Nelson, president and CEO of West Bank, looks out from the fourth story patio of the bankÕs new headquarters in West Des Moines, Monday, April 29, 2024.

David Nelson, president and CEO of West Bank, seems out from the fourth story patio of the bankÕs new headquarters in West Des Moines, Monday, April 29, 2024.

New headquarters options facilities to draw employees

Nelson mentioned the new headquarters is sufficiently big for the 115 workers who work there now and has room to develop by 25% or 30%. The constructing is a bigger model of equally designed branches in Minnesota, he mentioned.

He mentioned the corporate had needed to maneuver sooner however had a long-term lease.

“We probably paid for the building once every 10 years,” he mentioned of the earlier location, although West Bank by no means owned it.

Nelson mentioned his favourite house in the new constructing is an leisure space on the highest ground that options retractable home windows on an enclosed patio space with seating and wall-mounted TVs. A sliding glass door results in two indoor golf simulators and a bar. Nelson mentioned the golf simulators are yet another enterprise growth device.

An entertainment area on the top floor of the new West Bank building that features retractable windows a fireplace and wall-mounted TVs, Monday, April 29, 2024.An entertainment area on the top floor of the new West Bank building that features retractable windows a fireplace and wall-mounted TVs, Monday, April 29, 2024.

An leisure space on the highest ground of the new West Bank constructing that options retractable home windows a hearth and wall-mounted TVs, Monday, April 29, 2024.

On the opposite finish of the highest ground there may be what’s referred to as the Great Room, an leisure space that contains extra indoor seating, a bar and a wine storage room. It connects with a bigger outside seating space that wraps across the constructing’s north facet.

On the decrease degree, there’s a big cafeteria — with no kitchen, however with a lot of fridge, coffee-making, countertop and desk house — in addition to a health heart with weight and cardio machines, some dumbbells, a yoga studio, locker rooms and personal showers. Outside, there is a patio overlooking the constructing’s retention pond and strolling path.

“It’s a real point of pride,” Nelson mentioned.

Recent workplace redevelopment initiatives in Urbandale and West Des Moines have included related options as methods to attract workers again to workplaces after digital working in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Crews work on the new West Bank headquarters at 3330 Westown Parkway in West Des Moines on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2023.Crews work on the new West Bank headquarters at 3330 Westown Parkway in West Des Moines on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2023.

Crews work on the new West Bank headquarters at 3330 Westown Parkway in West Des Moines on Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2023.

Nelson mentioned he heard from West Bank workers that having these facilities is a matter of comfort. The health heart, for instance, lets them simply get a exercise in over lunch or earlier than or after work with out spending further time to journey elsewhere or cash to pay for a health club membership.

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And past providing extra for its personal workers, Nelson mentioned he hopes West Bank’s new headquarters will spur continued development at Valley West Mall — throughout the road on the constructing’s north facet — and on the former site of Valley West Inn close to the intersection of Westown Parkway and Valley West Drive.

The financial institution headquarters sits on a 7.5-acre website the place there was a strip mall and a TGI Fridays restaurant, MetaBank, Twisted Vine Brewery and a Bank of America workplace.

“We turned a blighted site into something special,” Nelson mentioned.

What’s occurring subsequent to West Bank between it and Interstate 235?

The earth work alongside the freeway simply south of the West Bank headquarters that drivers have most likely observed is a separate metropolis of West Moines stormwater detention undertaking to manage flooding downstream on Blue Creek.

City Engineer Brian Hemesath mentioned there will not be any standing water in the realm outdoors of the hours it’s going to take for backed up rainwater to empty after a storm.

Hemesath mentioned the undertaking was at all times going to occur whatever the financial institution’s building. He mentioned there was some dialogue with West Bank about constructing a joint detention pond, however the financial institution selected to have its personal pond as an aesthetic characteristic with standing water.

Hemesath mentioned the stormwater detention undertaking ought to “considerably” assist with flooding on the eastbound I-235 offramp at twenty second Street.

And as soon as the temperature is a bit hotter, constantly in at the least the higher 70s, he mentioned folks ought to begin to discover native grasses and different crops together with a couple of bushes that have been planted in the detention space.

Phillip Sitter covers the western suburbs for the Des Moines Register. Phillip might be reached by way of electronic mail at [email protected] or on X, previously referred to as Twitter, at @pslifeisabeauty.  

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