First Financial Bank Breaks Ground on Kenwood Banking Center

October 26, 2011

CINCINNATI – Local residents, community leaders and First Financial Bank associates gathered today to celebrate the start of construction at the site of the new First Financial banking center located in Kenwood.

“Today’s groundbreaking demonstrates our ongoing commitment to and growth in Greater Cincinnati. This year, we established the First Financial Center in the heart of downtown Cincinnati’s central business district and opened a new Corporate Administration Center in Springdale,” said Claude Davis, First Financial president and CEO. “We’re proud to expand once again and bring a state-of-the-art banking center to the Kenwood community.”

Cincinnati-based K4 Architecture and Core Resources have been selected to build the new banking center, located at 7735 Montgomery Road in Kenwood.

“We’re focused on investing in local communities to expand our banking center network and enhance the overall client experience,” said Kevin Langford, First Financial chief administrative officer. “We’re pleased to be working with trusted local firms here in Cincinnati and look forward to welcoming clients to the new space next year.”

The building, which will include more than 4,000 square feet, will be the first in the Kenwood area to be built using First Financial’s award-winning prototype design. The open and accessible interior will include visual merchandising as well as engaging retail graphics to “take the client on a journey” that will remind them of defining moments of success in their lives.

Clients will find a full complement of retail deposit, commercial lending, and wealth management services as well as teller, drive-thru and ATM services at the new facility. The new building will also incorporate several elements that reflect the company’s commitment to sustainability, including:

• High-performance, energy-efficient building envelope materials
• White roofing membrane to reduce heat absorption from sunlight
• Special window tinting to reduce heat loss in the winter and heat gain in summer
• High efficiency and automatically controlled HVAC equipment
• Lighting controls which reduce electrical waste during non-business hours

Construction on the new facility will be complete in early 2012.