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Ames Main Remodel

Message from First National Bank President Scott Bauer

It is my pleasure to announce a major remodeling project of the bank's Ames-Main office at 405 5th Street. While planning for the project has been underway for some time, the contractors are have now started on demolition and construction work.

First National Bank, established in 1903, moved to its present headquarters on March 29, 1971, where it has been thriving since. In 2002, the bank was remodeled and a new 2-story entry was constructed; but a lot has changed since then regarding the way people like to bank. That's why we are continually innovating our in-person, online, and mobile services.

The Ames-Main location continues to play a vital role in Ames and for other central Iowa communities. In addition, it serves as the headquarters for Ames National Corporation, the bank's holding company.  

Reinvesting in Ames-Main will involve remodeling of the first floor and making enhancements to the exterior. Work will be performed in phases and the bank will remain open throughout. While the building's footprint will remain the same, we will feature a complete remodel with a new floor plan, including a vaulted main entrance, teller pod stations, plenty of private meeting spaces, and a drive-up teller. 

The vision for the remodeling project is to provide customers with an inviting space, with plenty of natural light, places to have comfortable, private conversations, and all of the latest banking amenities you deserve.

We sincerely appreciate your patience during the project and will do everything on our part to minimize the inconvenience. 

Project Overview

Project Ames Main First Floor Interior Remodel and Exterior Renovations
Location 405 5th Street, Ames, Iowa
Start Date August 1, 2022
Construction Type Occupied Construction, Phased Renovations
Phases Phase 1 (estimated 8-month timeframe); Phase 2 (estimated 6-month timeframe)
General Contractor HPC, LLC, Ames, Iowa

Accord Architecture, Ames, Iowa; in association with KCL Engineering of West Des Moines, Iowa, and Structural Service & Design Inc.

Furnishings Pigott, Des Moines, Iowa
Scope of work
  • Upgraded heating and ventilation system
  • Private office spaces for the personal and commercial lending teams
  • New public restrooms
  • Vaulted and higher ceilings with better acoustics for privacy
  • New chairs, tables, desks, and other furnishings
  • Teller pods in a circular formation, with plenty of spacing between them for facilitating private conversations
  • Plenty of private meeting spaces and conference rooms, with frosted glass that still allows plenty of light
  • New vaulted north entrance with high windows for natural light
  • Installation of new ATMs/ITMs and removal of the outdated "big box" ATM unit
  • New drive-up teller on the west side of the building
  • New high-end finishes, flooring, ceilings, casework, doors, hardware and lighting
  • New security features
  • Enhanced curb appeal

Throughout construction, services will be available during regular banking hours. A section of the lobby will remain open during construction, allowing customers to perform account transactions and access their safe deposit boxes.

For your safety and to accommodate construction equipment and demolition material disposal, the east driveway entrance will be closed and a fenced-in area installed. The parking lot traffic flow will change due to this closure. See more information below on this change. 

360 view

360° View Remodeling Rendition

Enjoy a 360°, wide-angle panoramic view of the Ames-Main bank remodeling project based on the architectural renditions by Accord Architecture. Catch a glimpse of the new teller pods, private offices and conference rooms, and the gorgeous new north entrance with the vaulted windows. 

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Remodel Video

Remodeling Rendition Video

Learn about all the ways in which First National Bank's remodeling project has made customer experience and relationship building its number one priority, like designing spaces to maximize privacy, adding natural lighting, improving access, and adding a drive-up teller service.   

Watch the Video

Phase 1 and Phase 2 Renovation

This project will be split into two phases to keep the bank operational throughout construction. A temporary wall will be installed along the red line depicted in this drawing. During Phase 1, please use the north entrance to access the bank. To access the second floor, use either the stairway at the north entrance or elevator at the southeast entrance. Access will be closed to the first floor from the southeast entrance. 

Phases 1 and 2

Image Gallery

Take a look at where we started in 1971, the remodeling of 2002, and now where our current remodeling project will take us in the future. Come back often for photos of the construction activities.  

Latest Project News

  • The east entrance to the parking lot from Burnett Avenue will be closed when construction starts and a fence installed to provide a work zone for the contractor. We will be losing a couple of parking spots to accommodate the new one-way traffic flow through the parking lot.  See the Parking Lot Traffic Flow Plan. 

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