Left-Right: Larry Chapman, Director; Leslie Maze, Director;
Dick Morris, Director; Brandon Grigsby, Project Manager for
Pray Construction; Martha Haymaker, President and CEO; Bruce
Fitzwater, Vice President; Brad Stevens, Grantsville Retail
Manager; Chris Arden, Chief Financial Officer; Rick Fitzwater,
Senior Lender and Jim Bennett, Board Chairman
READY, SET, DIG - Bank officials, community leaders and
building partners break the ground on the historic Hamilton
and former Grantsville Grade School property for new facility
By Bob Weaver
June 11, 2018 - Calhoun Banks broke ground for a major new complex for their operations, located on the historic Hamilton family and old Grantsville Grade School site.
CEO Martha Haymaker said the building of new facilities with provide better public access, 15 years in the making.
Former CEO Jim Bennett gave a brief history of
the bank to those in attendance, including bank
officials, city-county officials and the public
The current bank site was not customer-friendly, said Haymaker.
Officials said the bank is in discussion with the Town of Grantsville regarding donating the old property to them. The current drive-through bank is on the flood plain.
An integral part of the county for which it is named, Calhoun Banks, was incorporated in 1900. Since its inception, the bank has grown with branches in Arnoldsburg, Glenville and Elizabeth.
"We need a structure that creates more functional, efficient space," explains Haymaker (left), "and we found a great piece of property close to downtown and out of the floodplain. Our goal is to serve our customers and our community and we will be able to do this much better in the new facility."
Working with the design build team of Pray Construction Company and Goff Architecture, both based in Charleston, Calhoun Banks first worked through the concept of renovating the old elementary school to the development of a new facility.
New bank will be an 8,000 square foot, one story, brick
and stone building with three drive-through lanes.