New Key Bank Branch Meets Energy, Environment Certification

Avon’s newest bank opening Jan. 28

KeyBank’s newest branch, slated to open in Avon on Monday, Jan. 28 was built with energy savings in mind.

The 3,900-square foot, freestanding branch, located at 36019 Detroit Road in Avon (on the corner of Detroit Road and SR 83) replaces a smaller branch that was located in the Avon Commons shopping plaza.

The new branch was built from the ground up for LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certification, the third branch of its kind for Key in Northeast Ohio (and sixth in Ohio). Key’s offices at the Higbee Building and Key Tower in downtown Cleveland, as well as its Tiedemann Road building in Cleveland, all achieved LEED certification.

“Key is committed to constructing ‘sustainable’ buildings whenever possible,” Lisa Oliver, president of KeyBank’s Greater Cleveland District, said. “Our new Avon branch reflects that philosophy, with a focus on recycling, energy upgrades, conservation and indoor air quality.”

Some of the sustainability features of the Avon branch include:

  • Energy efficient lighting and electrical equipment that meets the EPA’s Energy Star standards.
  • 100 percent of the branch’s power needs come from renewable sources, such as wind, solar or biomass.
  • The branch will use 30% less water than a standard branch building.
  • Exterior LED lighting will save enough energy in one year to power 2.6 average U.S. homes.
  • All paints, coatings, adhesives, sealants, carpeting and composite woods used to construct the branch are low emitting materials, providing clean and healthy indoor air.

The bank will still have all the bells and whistles of a free-standing branch including two drive-thru teller windows, 24-hour banking via a drive-thru ATM, safe deposit boxes, night deposit system for business banking clients and Saturday banking.

It will also offer a variety of banking services, including traditional retail banking, investment products, private banking, mortgage lending, small business banking and commercial banking.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held on Monday, Jan. 28 at 8:45 a.m. with Avon mayor Jim Smith and KeyBank officials.

Jim Strang January 25, 2013 at 12:21 PM
Nice press release, Key Bank. But I'm far more concerned with how you will impact the already heavy traffic where super-sized Center Road and an engorged Detroit Rd. pump thousands of cars daily through a sclerotic arterial intersection. You've built, on a too-small footprint, a driveway traffic-trap right atop one of the busier intersections in Northern Ohio. In so doing, you've created the perfect mirror image of the constant nightmare snarls kitty-corner across the intersection. That's where your competitor, First Merit, and CVS Drugs already invite left turns across multiple lanes of heavy traffic scarcely 50 yards from the Center-Detroit crossing. Left-hand turns, and the fools trying to make them, off eastbound Detroit and the southbound Old Center Rd. spur are the culprits on the northeast corner. Now, we'll have similar clogging on the southwest, with equally thoughtless drivers westbound on Detroit trying to turn left across generally heavy traffic to get in your drive, while traffic builds behind them back across the intersection, or weaves dangerously into the right lane to avoid them. It's a blueprint for shattered plastic and whiplash - if not worse. Detroit and 83 -- gonna be a great site for a fender shop.


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