First Citizens Bank

Mission Viejo Branch

Mission Viejo, CA

Project Type

Service Retail, Specialty Retail


10,492 Square Feet

Design Services

Architecture, Engineering, Interior Architecture

Giving local, west coast presence to a company headquartered on the east cost.

First Citizens Bank is headquartered out of Raleigh, and most of our work with them has been in the east coast region. We were challenged to create a new branch concept with local flair for an already established brand while finding a way to bring attention to the bank, located in the back of a shopping center.

Gaining Presence

Placed at the back of a shopping center, trying to give the building presence was a challenge.

We developed a solution in the form of a tower element that provides a recognizable feature visible from both the I-5 and the front of the shopping center. Since this building had a height restriction, the team had to request a variance to get the tower element approved. The tower is framed from each entrance and provides a statement to anyone entering the shopping center.

Inspired Design

The design of the building is influenced by the missions that were historically built in Southern California.

Much detail was spent on the front esplanade and portico.  The end product ensures that the rhythm and framing of the view thru that space are correct with proper arches and spacing,  creating a space that is properly sized for the pedestrian and makes the customers want to linger in it.