Security Federal’s 19th branch is located on the corner of Broad Street and 11th Street in the middle of the rich, historic atmosphere of downtown Augusta, Having done other historic projects in the past, the A+B Team was adequately prepared to tackle this detail-oriented and complex renovation. This building is packed full of salvaged and restored materials as well as all-new high-end finishes and modern systems. A+B was involved from conception to completion, aiding the ownership team with critical guidance to keep the budget in check while providing a truly stunning project. Being a historic renovation, there were strict federal and state approvals needed throughout construction to achieve historic compliance. The completely custom arched windows, twenty-five-foot tall lobby ceiling, refurbished plaster walls, and moldings, refinished original wood paneling, and restored marble floors are just some of the details that will transport occupants to a different time. This project had many custom features, supply chain challenges, and constructability hurdles, but the A+B project team overcame them all and delivered this building to a repeat client in just over a year. Security Federal’s 19th branch is a work of art that exemplifies craftsmanship at every turn and will allow Security Federal to better serve the community for many years to come. Tony Ateca, Executive Vice President for Security Federal stated this project held historic significance for the CSRA.
Some history on this property … The uptown branch of Georgia Railroad Bank and Trust (GRB&T) opened its doors in January 1925. The building was expanded and modernized in 1947 to add meeting space and air conditioning. As a result of the 1947 renovation, the building’s neo-classical features, including a cathedral ceiling, pilasters, and rich crown molding were concealed for almost 75 years. In 1963, GRB&T purchased the adjoining property along 11th Street, previously the home of Wilensky Bargain House and Consumers Grocery Co., to add a “modern” drive-in facility. This was the last major project on the site until 2022 when Security Federal, a community bank celebrating its 100th anniversary, teamed up with local architects and builders to rehabilitate the declining structure and restore the building to its former grandeur.