United Bank

Panel Used

Envelope 2000®
RainScreen (RS) System
Shop-Fabricated ACM / MCM

Color Used

Multiple Colors
9,230 Square Feet
Series F & G - Kynar 500®


Progressive AE.
Grand Rapids, MI
Chris Sholl

“The original stepped brick facade was updated with metal panels, with the metal adding a modern curb appeal. The metal composite panels really frame the glass curtainwall system of the stairway to become feature elements of the building...”

Chris Sholl - Progressive AE

United Bank’s branch and corporate office has been a staple in Grand Rapids, Mich. Although relocation was a recent option, bank executives decided an exterior and interior renovation would revitalize the banking experience and its headquarters’functionality. Citadel Architectural Products’ Envelope 2000® metal composite material (MCM), installed using the RainScreen (RS) attachment system, was selected for the exterior renovation because it met the requirements for an accelerated project schedule while exhibiting the bank’s corporate brand. The panels were fabricated and installed by Architectural Metals Inc., Portland,Mich.

“The metal satisfied the design intent and requested colors,” says Andy DeBoer, project manager with Architectural Metals. “The composite panels were specifically selected because of the endless joint location and panel sizes.”

Architectural Metals procured the raw Citadel material and fabricated 9,230 square feet of Envelope 2000 RS in Charcoal Grey, Arctic White and Regal Blue. White was chosen as a neutral main color, gray frames a prominent window area as a picture frame, and blue adds a pop of the corporate color. Envelope 2000 RS consists of 4-mm-thick MCM panels with a durable, 0.105-inch thermoset phenolic resin core that provides an ultra-smooth substrate. The RS system allows incidental moisture to enter and then exit through weepholes.

The organization’s signature brand is quickly visualized from the street with the color selection and panel orientation. For the installation, a vapor barrier was placed over the structure, and the panels were installed from left to right and bottom to top without any challenges.

Design-builder Progressive AE, Grand Rapids, worked with United Bank for several years to make the renovation personable. The original 3-story 1960’s building was outdated and hidden from the street. To visually anchor the bank’s presence in the city, tall walls and landscaping that shrouded the entrance were removed and an original interior stairwell was made a prominent feature.

“The Stepped brick façade was updated with metal panels, with the metal adding a modern curb appeal,” says Chris Sholl, a project manager with Progressive AE. “The metal works with the curtainwall going up the open stairway and makes the brick and windows less noticeable. At night, this feature is lit up and really pops.”

On the inside, Progressive AE created a home-like feel with wood textures, clean lines and more natural light. A reception desk greets customers and invites them into the space, leading to the teller and banking area. Staff now has improved work spaces within the first-floor bank, as well as in the headquarters on the second and third floors.

“United Bank needed its facility to come into the present time and say ‘Here is our brand and image,’”Sholl says. “The exterior now tells a story about what is happening on the inside for an easy and personal banking experience."