TFH Architects have worked on diverse projects, both commercial and residential, for approximately 30 years with the goal of discovering design solutions that celebrate their client's vision, while respecting fiscal constraints, cultural context and the natural environment. This small design firm was chosen by Saco & Biddeford Savings Banks (SBSI) to work on their new branch, a prototype for future branches. SBSI is Maine's oldest bank, serving Southern Maine for over 175 years.
The challenge to this project was to combine both the history and tradition of the bank with eco-friendly, contemporary design and banking ideas. The key objective of the images was to tie the branch location to the history of the town and convey the long standing relationship that the bank had with the community.
The local Saco & Biddeford Historical Societies were scoured for the right images, as well as the basement of the bank and various other repositories. They were able to find images that spanned the time as well as subject matter, making the collage as all inclusive as possible.
Judy, the Interior Designer, had visited the booth of Murals Your Way at a convention in NYC. The marketing group provided Murals Your Way with the layout and design of the murals. Image files and color samples were exchanged until a final approval was reached. The murals were then printed, shipped and installed in the bank.
"It never fails to make an impact on the customers, who more than likely see an image from their past that brings back memories. We will definitely work with Murals Your Way when the next branch comes along, likewise if a similar design opportunity arises. Murals Your Way is the highest tier of the vendors we work with and we look forward to seeing the next composition on the wall." — Dave Merrill, Architect