The construction of the RCB Bank north branch at 2019 N. Summit St. is scheduled to be completed later this month and the building will open for business Jan. 13, 2014, according to a bank press release.
A grand opening celebration will take place in early 2014.
Construction began on the facility in mid-June.
"We are very much looking forward to the new building," said Lonnie McCullough, RCB Bank market president for Arkansas City and Winfield.
"Operating out of a modular building for the last six months has been a little uncomfortable," he admitted.
"But the temporary discomfort is for the long-term goal, which is the bank's investment in this community.
"We want to grow here and we want to be able to better serve our customers."
The new facility will feature much more parking and a spacious interior, including four teller windows, four offices and five drive-through lanes.
The new branch is a departure from current RCB Bank branch designs, and is meant to be sleek and quick, with customer access a main priority.
Virginia Wells, AVP loan officer, will be relocating to the newly remodeled branch, according to the release.
Trust services will continue to be based in the downtown location, as will McCullough, who provides commercial, agriculture and consumer lending services.
Caroline Kaufman, branch retail coordinator, primarily will work downtown, but also will have an office at the north facility to use as needed.
"We have a great, historic building downtown and we serve a lot of customers here," McCullough said.
"But I think our customers will appreciate the new north location, the ample parking and how convenient it is to stop by."
In addition to the opening of the new north branch, the express branch at 601 N. Summit St. will undergo a facelift in the coming months.
The current drive-through lanes and building will be replaced with two automated teller machines at a large, double-sided, drive-up kiosk.
One of those will be a "Smart" ATM — which allows the customer not only to withdraw funds from the kiosk, but also to make deposits.
The additional green space at the location will be updated into a park-like atmosphere with new landscaping and other improvements.
"The ‘Smart' ATM is quite remarkable," McCullough said.
"It allows customers to bank with us 24 hours a day. Sometimes, you just don't want to wait in line for a simple transaction, and this ATM, along with mobile deposit on smartphones, makes that possible. The technology of banking is really evolving."
The full-service "Smart" ATM can take cash or check deposits, as well as the traditional ATM functions of making transfers, withdrawing cash and check account balances, according to the release.
After deposits are made, customers will receive receipts of their transactions with images of any checks deposited and a breakdown of any cash deposited by denomination.
Employees who previously were located at the express location will move to the north or downtown branches.
Construction at the express location will begin in January 2014. One ATM will remain open during construction for customer convenience.
ATMs also are available at the new north branch, as well as at the downtown location.
"Throughout our construction this year, we've made it a point to make sure we are open and available for our customers," McCullough said.
"I think our customers are going to enjoy the openness of the new (north) branch and how much easier it is to do business with us. We encourage everyone to stop by and check out the new facility."
"RCB Bank is a hometown bank and we try to embody that in everything we do," McCullough added.
"Loan decisions are made locally, and we try to do business with our customers and local companies as often as we can. The hometown, community bank is how we've been able to succeed and that's really what makes us special."
RCB Bank is a community bank with assets totaling more than $2 billion, more than 500 employees, and 30 locations across Kansas and Oklahoma.
Founded in 1936, RCB is committed to serving its communities with conservative banking practices and progressive banking products.
For additional information, visit www.RCBBank.com.