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SOUTHERN FIRST BANK HEADQUARTERS
Completed in 2022, SMHa, in association with Craig Gaulden Davis, teamed to design a new 100,600-square-foot corporate headquarters for Southern First Bank.
SMHa led the interior programming and design while Craig Gaulden Davis, based in Greenville, led the building and site design. The charge to the design team was to reflect the transformation of banking into its current place as, essentially, a technology company, while still providing the customer-service amenity, comfort, and accessibility that Southern First Bank’s clients have come to know and appreciate.
The public areas of the building on the first and second floor are devoted to bank customers and community relationships where, in addition to the retail banking component, there is a welcoming cafe, a large training room, and a rooftop terrace that will widely be used for meetings and events.
Additionally, employee work areas are crisp and modern and meant to attract and retain the young technologically-savvy employee base upon which modern banking relies. Included in that appeal are amenities such as an in-house fitness facility with showers, a recreation room, and numerous casual gathering areas for non-traditional business meetings.
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