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State Nebraska Bank & Trust Campus Branch

Last minute design pivot demonstrates mass timber’s versatility.

This project was unique from the start. While executives of the family-owned State Nebraska Bank & Trust initially set out to replace a 1970s-era branch drive-through, the project evolved into a mass timber building that includes the bank, office space for local businesses, and a place for the community to shoot hoops and play pickleball.

State Nebraska Bank & Trust / Jackalope
State Nebraska Bank & Trust / Jackalope

The project demonstrates that there are many ways to incorporate mass timber into a building, regardless of size or construction schedule.

The original design featured glue-laminated timber (glulam) columns and beams with an affordable yet unremarkable acoustical tile ceiling. But a last-minute substitution, suggested at the project’s ground-breaking ceremony, introduced glue-laminated timber panels (GLT) as a more sustainable, beautiful, and economical way to cover the court area. The exposed wood ceiling transformed the space and further differentiates the distinctive building. 

State Nebraska Bank’s new Campus Branch combines a walk-in lobby, ATM, and drive-through lanes with office space and an indoor basketball and pickleball court, available for use by residents of the small community and students at nearby Wayne State College. The spacious two-story lobby anchors the bank and provides views into the court, while a floating catwalk links the second-floor offices and allows people to watch the sports action from above. 

Project Details

Location: Wayne, Nebraska

Stories: Two stories

Size: 15,300 square feet (mass timber portion = 3,300 square feet)

Construction Type: Type V-A

Completed: 2020

Project Team

Owner: State Nebraska Bank & Trust

Architect: Hoke Ley

Structural Engineer: R.O. Youker, Inc.

General Contractor: Otte Construction

Mass Timber Installer: Timberlyne

Mass Timber Supplier: Rosboro

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