Southwest Bank is renovating

One of the largest artifacts of Southwest National Bank's heritage will soon be gone.

This week, workers from Van Asdale Construction will remove the original teller counter from Southwest's roughly 44-year-old, two-story building at 2150 Woodrow, near the Twin Lakes Shopping Center at 21st Street and Amidon.

The replacement of the four-station teller counter is part of a $250,000 renovation to the main floor of the building, originally built by Twin Lakes State Bank in about 1965. The building's last renovation was more than 21 years ago, said Southwest CEO Trish Minard.

In 2004, Twin Lakes State Bank was merged into Southwest.

The renovations to the former Twin Lakes bank building are all cosmetic, Minard said, mostly new drywall, paint, carpet, desks and chairs, and tile.

"Admittedly it started with cleaning the carpet, and then the (renovation project) just kind of evolved," said Beau Goodell, project manager for Total Installation.

Goodell said his company, a Southwest customer, approached the bank about getting its carpet cleaned.

And then Minard asked Goodell about getting new desks and partitions in the bank lobby because of privacy requirements.

"We were just going to buy new furniture," Minard said.

Now, more than halfway into the project, she said the main lobby "was really dated."

Minard said she hopes the renovation project will be completed in the next few weeks.