Legence Bank has announced the groundbreaking for its new Corporate Office in Eldorado.
The groundbreaking will take place at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at the site, located at the corner of U.S. Highway 45 and Illinois Route 142, formerly known as the Dairy Queen location. The Legence Bank Board of Directors approved building the new corporate office at the directors’ Sept. 24 meeting.
“We are delighted to celebrate the construction of the Legence Bank Corporate Office in Eldorado, which demonstrates our continued investment in and commitment to the Southern Illinois community,” said Martin B. Rowe, President and CEO of First Eldorado Bancshares, holding company of Legence Bank, in a prepared release. “We believe that when we grow and are successful, our customers and the communities we serve also share in that success.”
Evan Lloyd Associates, Inc. Architects designed the new corporate office, H.E. Mitchell Construction of Harrisburg will serve as the general contractor and Pete Wooley will serve as the construction manager. Legence Bank will be using local businesses, as much as possible, to complete the subcontracting work. Clearing has begun at the site, and the building is expected to be completed and open during the summer of 2014.
The facility will be approximately 14,000 square feet, and will feature a training room, executive offices and other cubicles. The exact address of the Legence Bank Corporate Office will be 1200 U.S. Highway 45 in Eldorado.
Legence Bank President and CEO Kevin Beckemeyer said that growth, recent acquisitions and expansion of farm mortgage operations resulted in the need to build.
“You’ll still find our loan officers, customer service representatives and tellers at our Main Facility on Fourth and Locust in Eldorado,” said Beckemeyer. “By moving our executive offices, IT, human resources, audit and compliance, loan and deposit operations, marketing, and e-branch functions and consolidating back room operations in the new Corporate Office, we’ll gain business efficiencies and free up more space for retail and customer service at the Main Bank,” added Beckemeyer.
“Legence Bank brings over 100 years of personal, caring service to this area, and we appreciate the great support we have received from local elected officials, neighboring businesses and the Southeastern Illinois Regional Planning and Development Commission as we continue to grow right here where we live and work.”