Erie’s Marquette Savings Bank unveils new $8.25M operations center

People don’t visit banks as often as they once did.

Kelly Montefiore, chief operating officer of Erie-based Marquette Savings Bank, jokes that because of all the mobile and online banking options, some customers open accounts and are never seen again.

But not everyone understands how to use those tools, and they don’t always have someone to ask.

Marquette, which was scheduled to hold a ribbon-cutting Tuesday afternoon at its new $8.25 million operations center in downtown Erie, was determined to address that education gap — and find new ways to connect with the community — when it began making plans for the new building at 930 Peach St.

Marquette Savings Bank Chief Operating Officer Kelly Montefiori, left, and CEO Mike Edwards are shown on Thursday in the first-floor Innovation Learning Center, part of Marquette's new $8.25 million operations center at 930 Peach St. Both were pivotal in planning the new building.

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The new operations center, designed by the Erie architectural firm of Weber Murphy Fox, fulfills the need for additional office space with a sleek, three-story new building just a couple of doors down from the existing headquarters of the Erie-based bank.

The sound-deadening design makes for a whisper-quiet atmosphere in a series of glass-divided offices and cozy collaboration spaces used by deposit operations and information technology employees.

Marquette Savings Bank CEO Mike Edwards, right, remarks on the amount of natural light allowed into the company’s training center in Erie. The training center, which seats 110, is part of a new 15,000-square-foot building at 930 Peach St.

The operations center also includes a second-floor training center, equipped with Zoom-enabled television screens, that provides space for up to 110 people. The training center, paired with a small caterer’s kitchen, will provide training space for Marquette’s 150 employees and is available for rent by outside groups.

Bringing the community to the bank

The discussion, however, is likely to focus on the building’s 2,000-square-foot Innovation Learning Center, which opens onto West 10th Street and into a neighborhood that’s emerging as Erie’s innovation district.

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