Jul. 28—Security Federal Bank in North Augusta will be getting a facelift.
Starting Aug. 2, the bank will be closing parts of the existing building to complete a $2 million renovation and expansion. The road entrance at 315 E. Martintown Road will be closed to customers. Traffic will be directed to the Knox Avenue entrance.
The drive-thru ATM machine on the corner of Knox Avenue and E. Martintown Road will still be operational for customers. Customers are still welcome to come inside the building to handle their banking needs.
In addition to remodeling the lobby space, the expansion will add three new offices, a conference room and an outdoor porch for meetings with customers. Construction is expected to go through late January 2022.
"Primarily, we felt like we needed more space for community development and lending activities. We don't have a conference room here, so we don't have a place to meet comfortably with customers outside of an office area," said Tony Ateca, executive vice president of Security Federal Bank.
"This hasn't been remodeled in 25 years. The colors are old and dated, and we want a fresh pop," Ateca added.
In addition, new technology for the drive-thru will be installed. The drive-thru, currently standing at 7.5 feet, is expected to shut down in mid-September and be raised to accommodate larger vehicles.
Security Federal Bank is the only community bank with headquarters in the CSRA. With 17 branches in the area, the North Augusta branch serves 2,400 individuals and businesses and is the fourth busiest.
Security Federal is partnering with local contractors to complete the renovation. Cam Scott, of Cheatham Fletcher Scott, and Lisa Burgess, of Corporate Studios in Augusta, will handle the architecture and remodeling. Gillam & Associates of Aiken County will be working on roofing and HVAC needs.
"This kind of looks like an old bank, but we are going to bring it into the modern era," Ateca said.
Samantha Winn covers the city of North Augusta, with a focus on government and community oriented business. Follow her on Twitter: @samanthamwinn and on Facebook and Instagram: @swinnnews.