BBVA Compass prototype crystallizes bank’s vision for future

November 18, 2013

BBVA Compass is replacing a traditional branch in San Antonio with a high-tech, high-design prototype that seeks to crystallize the bank’s vision for the future of the business.

The transformation — which incorporates touch screens, virtual bankers and futuristic pods for meetings with clients — follows the completion of the first BBVA Compass prototype branch in Houston this summer. The 3,500-square-foot LEED Gold-certified facility in San Antonio, to be finished in the first half of 2014, was recently featured in the San Antonio Business Journal.

“We are going to go through a major overhaul with some of our branches,” BBVA Compass Chairman and CEO Manolo Sánchez told the business newspaper, adding that the branches will “feature a better use of space in a cozier environment.” Their reduced size responds to the way customers increasingly do business, using online and mobile banking tools, he said.



A rendering of what the new San Antonio branch will look like from the outside when it is complete in 2014.


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BBVA Compass eying branch expansion in San Antonio
(San Antonio Business Journal,
November 15, 2013)

The building also reflects the bank’s commitment to the environment, and to finding ways to minimize the bank’s carbon footprint. Earlier this year, the bank signed a 10-year contract with Houston-based Choice Energy Services to provide solar and wind-generated energy to more than 300 of its branches and facilities in Texas, including this San Antonio office. Under the contract, Choice will supply the bank’s operations with an estimated 41 million kilowatt hours of green power annually.

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