Design: retail banking, work space

Design: retail banking, work space

Irvine-based Opus Bank has received the International Interior Design Association’s 2016 Calibre Design award in the small workspace category for its retail office at the bank’s headquarters at the Newport Gateway office campus in Irvine.

The award-winning design features a reception area with two tellers to serve customers in an 800-square foot space that is next to a working office space that is 1,600-square-feet. The space includes a video conference room, a hospitality bar, and a 12-seat open office with a large LED-screen behind the teller area.

Opus adopted the floorplan, which was designed by architecture design firm Gensler in Newport Beach, in response to the reduced foot traffic at retail banking sites as customers increasingly use ATMs and go online for their banking services, the bank said a news release.

The new retail design is a more attractive, efficient and effective use of space than a traditional banking office, according to Opus.

Opus ranks No. 2 among Orange County-based banks with $6.9 billion in total assets. The bank employs 325 locally and 585 companywide.