2014-03-06 16:33:56 -
Orlando, Fla. - Banco do BrasilAmericas has named Rabits & Romano Architecture, Planning and Design as its architect of record for its first branch office in Orlando.
Banco do Brasil plans to open a 4,000-square-foot branch at 5575 International Drive by the end of the year. The bank will serve millions of Brazilian tourists as well as a growing Brazilian community in Central Florida.
"Being Brazilian I understand the importance of Banco do Brasil to the Brazilian community. It is a great honorto be able to work with Banco do Brasil in the design of this new prototype. This bank reflects both the
growth of our business as well as a surging growth of the Brazil business community in the Orlando
area," partner Fulvio Romano said.
The bank will have two international ATMs where Brazilian customers will be able to access their international accounts instantly. The design and façade of the building will showcase contemporary Brazilian architecture despite facing challenges in building with American materials and methods of construction.
The main features of the building will include:
• A stacked roof system
• A contemporary arched façade
• A covered entry portico
• A curved screen wall
• Clerestory windows
"The challenging part of this project was featuring a Brazilian style building with American methods of construction and materials," said Romano, whose roots are from São Paulo, Brazil.
"Keeping Banco do Brasil's identity was paramount to us and we are confident that the final design achieved that goal."
Rabits & Romano will be partnering directly with Florida Engineering Group on the project.
About Rabits & Romano Architecture, Planning and Design
Rabits & Romano Architecture, Planning and Design was founded by principal Robert S. Rabits in 1986. Over the past quarter-century the firm has worked on thousands of buildings across Florida. The experienced team has the diversity to provide design solutions encompassing multiple buildings in areas such as hospitality, education, healthcare, commercial, entertainment, mixed use and industrial. Rabits & Romano Architects Inc., works in partnership with its clients to achieve measurable results on time and on budget. For more information, visit rabitsromano.com, www.facebook.com/RabitsRomano, twitter.com/RabitsRomano or call 352-385-1030.
Will Wellons or April Stratemeyer