WAYNE – Community members joined State Nebraska Bank & Trust employees during a groundbreaking ceremony for the new SNBuilding.
The current drive-thru branch is located at 10th & Main Street and is now closed until reopening next summer as the Campus Branch.
The two-story structure will be 14,000-square feet facing Main Street and expanding two lots north.
CEO & Trust Officer, Matthew Ley said there will be offices through an office sharing program and more.
“Built to suit, so not full at this point,” said Ley. “But we’re hoping to have either someone in the community join us or a new business in town. It’s a Class A office space.”
One side will feature the bank itself and, on another side, SNB’s partner State National Insurance. A community room, basketball/pickleball court with a movie theatre aspect will also be in the middle.
Matt Ley added that the drive thru branch opened in 1975 and he was excited about the turnout Wednesday.
“Was built in 1974 and I was here as a baby for that grand opening; the circle of life,” Ley added. “But we had a lot of people here and it was a lot of fun. Did some groundbreaking, some pictures with shovels, the whole nine yards. So, very exciting.”
The SNBuilding design came from Roy Ley with Hoke Ley, an architecture and interior design firm in Lawrence, Kansas, dedicated to the design of modern, humane spaces. Roy is the brother of Matthew Ley and designer of the Main Branch building. The builder, locally-owned Otte Construction in Wayne, has a window of 12-15 months before opening.
With David Ley as Chairman of the Board, Matthew Ley mentioned this is a family affair for five generations.
“My family is all here today and it was very special,” Ley mentioned. “It’s a very, very cool day, little scary at some points, but we’re excited to be a part of the community and making this investment.”
SNB’s main branch is located at 122 Main Street and will have extended drive-thru hours Monday through Saturday until 6 p.m., in addition to its regular lobby hours.