Featured image: An architectural rendering of the new operations center at First Community Bank
First Community Bank held a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday for the addition of their operations center at 1401 Harrison St.
Dale Cole, chairman and CEO of First Community, told the crowd gathered to celebrate the event that thanks to rapid growth, the bank’s current headquarters has become too small for its nearly 200 employees.
“We are now creating the necessary space in a modern headquarters that will be a positive addition to Batesville,” he said.
“The three-story operations center will be approximately 28,809 square feet and will be connected to the main bank by a sky bridge over 14th Street.”
Cole thanked the city of Batesville for their cooperation in the planning of the sky bridge to the addition.
“The addition will stand proudly at 61 feet from the top of the curb to the roof, which will be three feet taller than our main building,” he said. “For comparison, our main bank currently has 43,000 square feet with 36,000 feet viewable from the street and a 7,000-square-foot basement. The first development phase of this building complex is expected to be completed by the end of 2020 providing space for 125 employees. This first phase will complete approximately 60 percent of our total plan. Future plans include further expansion of the building to include an additional 18,000 square feet.”
Flynco, Inc., of Little Rock, has been selected as the contractor for the project. Cole said the contractor hopes to have the project complete in 400 days.
For more information about First Community Bank, call (870) 612-3400 or visit firstcommunity.net.
Area dignitaries joined members of First Community Bank’s board of directors today to break ground on the bank’s new operations center.
Images via First Community Bank
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