Academy Bank finishes new HQ — a new downtown branch is on the way

Written by Thomas Friestad  - Staff Writer for the Kansas City Business Journal on 11/20/23

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Academy Bank has officially completed a relocation of its corporate headquarters, and soon, will follow suit with a new branch offering in Downtown.

The locally based bank on Monday and Tuesday moved into about 50,000 square feet of contiguous office space on the 10th, 11th and 12th floors of 1201 Walnut. It originally announced its planned relocation from another Copaken Brooks office tower — 1111 Main, formerly Town Pavilion, where it occupied 72,492 square feet — in June 2022.

Academy Bank plans to open a new first-floor branch in 1201 Walnut's lobby later this year. The prototype retail banking center will have state-of-the-art technology like a client engagement area; full-service retail and business banking; and video banking and Smart ATM features.

"To grow our business, we have created workspaces and an environment that encourage collaboration and innovation through connectivity and provides our Associates and our clients a welcoming space to do business," Academy Bank CEO Paul Holewinski said in a release. "Our newest banking center and corporate office at 1201 Walnut offers our dedicated team flexible hoteling options in an open environment focused on productivity, collaboration, connectivity and delivering fast, easy and personal service to our loyal clients."

Bryan Johnson, of Colliers International, represented Academy Bank, and Copaken Brooks Principal Jon Copaken represented 1201 Walnut in the lease transaction.

"We’re excited to continue partnering with Academy Bank across our downtown portfolio, from the Crossroads to the heart of Kansas City’s business district," Copaken said in the release. "It’s been an honor to continue to support Academy Bank’s growth, and this collaboration has continued to offer tremendous value to Kansas City’s downtown business community."

Academy Bank occupies two other branches in local properties managed by Copaken Brooks — a location on the first floor of Corrigan Station II in the Crossroads Arts District and a drive-thru location at the Hampton Building in Lenexa City Center.

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