CrossFirst Bank wins Chamber award
Now, the bank is expanding with a 9,000-square-foot addition on its 15,000-square-foot building at 9451 E. 13th St., which president Steve Peterson announced when he accepted the award.
It might make some wonder: Is the bank trying to win again?
"That is a good question," says Peterson, though, he says the timing was coincidental.
"It just kind of all lined up together."
For an expansion like this, Peterson says that "you budget way out in advance."
GLMV Architecture is designing the addition as it did the original building.
GLMV's chairman Bill Livingston calls the building "contemporary collegiate Gothic, which gives a feeling of permanence and timelessness."
Cindy Baldwin, wife of CrossFirst founder and chairman Ron Baldwin, was responsible for a lot of the interior decorating.
Peterson says he always thought Livingston and Baldwin "did an award-winning job."
As he's attended the Chamber's Honors Night each year, Peterson says he always thought about the building and its designers one day being honored.
"You know, when you sit out there, you hope."
The expansion is driven by growth, he says.
The Wichita CrossFirst office — the Kansas City-based bank also has offices in Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Dallas — has 23 employees.
Since opening in 2011 — the current building opened in 2014 — the Wichita office's assets have grown to more than $400 million.
Peterson says he budgeted growth through 2024, but "exceeded that plan."
"We doubled that up much faster than we thought we would."
As the bank's various teams grow, he says he needs to add staff.
"We believe in service, and our service model requires good people."
Also, the new space will have a gathering area for about 50 people for seminars and also for nonprofit groups to meet.
"I love to open the building up to have groups over," Peterson says.
Expansion construction will start in about a month.
Peterson says he expects the addition to take the bank through 2025. There's room for another expansion as well.
"We're hoping to not ever have to move."