It’s been one week since CrossFirst Bank opened its permanent Wichita office, a $4 million, 15,000-square-foot building near the southwest corner of 13th and Webb.
Since then the bank’s Wichita president, Steve Peterson, has spent a lot of time giving personal tours to customers and shareholders.
That’s OK with Peterson, who was hired in August 2011 to start the Leawood-based bank’s local operations from 2,700 square feet of leased space at Country Club Park next door.
Delays, mostly because of weather, postponed the opening of the building. Officials had hoped to open the new building by the first quarter, which ended March 31.
The building is not to be confused with a branch, Peterson said. The two-story building – designed by GLMV Architecture, built by Crossland Construction and decorated by Cindy Baldwin, wife of bank co-founder Ron Baldwin – includes a 17-foot-tall chandelier, a boardroom, executive suites and a patio overlooking Country Club Park’s lake.
It was important for the $920 million bank to make its mark with the new building.
“Really just to the market, we had to show permanence,” Peterson said.