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SANTA FE – It’s the largest bank in Santa Fe, but it has Los Alamos in its name.
Los Alamos National Bank did not have a single branch in Santa Fe 10 years ago. Before summer ends next year, there will be three.
Santa Fe Mayor David Coss, bank officials, employees, family and friends braved brisk winds Wednesday to break ground for a 13,500 square-foot, two-story office.
The project will have a green building certification under the national Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards. Environmentally sensitive features include solar-powered parking lot lights, wind-powered energy supplying 70 percent of the electricity, and substantial water-savings, harvesting and re-use.
The new office will be located at 3674 Cerillos Road, one block east of the busy Zafarano Street shopping area at the site of the old Yucca Drive-in.
“If you asked people in Santa Fe where was your first kiss, probably about 60 percent would say at the Yucca Drive-in,” said Fidel Guitierrez, senior vice president.
He has been responsible for LANB’s Santa Fe operations since the bank entered the capital city market in 1999.
Coss said the city has found LANB to be a good citizen and reliable partner and noted that Guitierrez had just been appointed to the city’s economic development review board that recommends development projects to the city.
“We’re happy that this building is going to be LEED certified,” he said. “I can’t wait to come back for the ribbon-cutting on the new building.”
LANB President Steve Wells talked about Santa Fe’s charm and diversity and its hallmark “differences.”
“We’re different, too,” he said. Among other differences, he mentioned, “You won’t get two scoops of fees.”
Chairman and CEO Bill Enloe said LANB has been successful by taking care of its customers with a smile.
“We try to keep a very balanced perspective among our employees, our customers and our investors,” he said. “If any one is out of whack, we’re out of business.”
LANB began in 1963 and now has assets of $1.3 billion. The bank employs 280 people in Los Alamos, White Rock and Santa Fe.
Currently there are 95 employees in Santa Fe.
The newest location will have five drive-up lanes and a full-range of services inside, according to information provided by the bank.
Some additional “green” features of the new LANB office in Santa Fe include:
• high performance, energy-saving mechanical system;
• rooftop rainwater harvested and stored in cisterns for landscape irrigation;
• minimal night-time light pollution;
• alternate-fueled and low-emitting vehicles have priority parking spaces;
• permeable parking-lot allows storm water to resuppply local aquifer;
• 75 percent of construction waste will be recycled and diverted from local landfill; and
• 98 percent of interior spaces have views to the outdoors.