International Finance Bank To Hold Ground Breaking Ceremony For Their South Florida Environmentally Friendly, Leed Certified Headquarters
Community and Bank Officials to Attend Ground Breaking Ceremony on Tuesday, July 27 at 9:30AM on the Northeast Corner of SW 37th Avenue & SW 8th Street.
Miami, FL -- Grupo IF, a privately held family enterprise that has been conducting business in North and South America for over 50 years and owners of South Florida's International Finance Bank (IFB) is eagerly moving forward with their plans to construct their anticipated LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified IFB headquarters on the Corner of SW 37th Avenue and SW 8th Street, adding to their already well-established South Florida locations in Brickell, Coral Gables, Westchester, Merrick Point (Bird Road) an d Weston.
Despite the economic downturn the financial sector has been faced with, IFB is committed to stimulating the economy by creating more jobs for the community while maintaining their social responsibility to the environment. IFB takes pride in their forward-thinking business model, keeping true to community values. The new green location will employ over 80 IFB employees.
"By building smart and responsibly, we reflect the value of the clients and community we serve and we ensure that anybody who comes into our premises, including the colleagues who work here, experience a fresh and healthy environment. We're proud of our commitment to sustainability at IFB," said Mr. Nelson V. Alvarado, President and CEO of IFB.
Developer, The Rilea Group along with exterior architect, Nichols, Brosh, Wurst, Wolf & Associates and interior architect Phoenix FTA are slated to begin construction in July 2010. The new location is anticipated to open its doors by early 2012.
IFB exemplifies tremendous environmental and fiscal leadership by building a LEED standard location. Undergoing LEED certification means that IFB's new headquarters will not only be save energy, water and resources and contribute to environmental solutions, but will also save money throughout the lifecycle of the building. Under the supervision of LEED accredited professionals from Phoenix FTA, Spinnaker Group, L. Triana Engineers and NBWW – IFB's new headquarters will feature the following: preferred parking spaces for low-emitting vehicles, storm water will be collected and filtered, use of highly efficient plumbing fixtures, including low-flush water closets and sensor-activated faucets, sophisticated computer controlled system that analyzes light levels and automatically dims or turns-off lights, over 75% of construction debris will be recycled, low-VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) paints and carpets throughout to provide indoor air quality, white "Cool Roof" to reduce heat gain in the building among other environmentally progressive initiatives.
Community dignitaries confirmed to attend the ceremony include Mayor of Miami Tomas Regalado who will be presenting a proclamation and well-known spiritual leader Father Jose Luis Menendez from Corpus Christi will perform the blessing. Also confirmed are Mayor of Coral Gables Donald Slesnick, Commissioner of Miami Francis Suarez, Commissioner of Miami-Dade Javier Souto, Beacon Council President Frank Nero, General Consul of Peru Eduaro Chavarri, Consul General of Spain Dr. Pilar Mendez-Jimenez, representatives from Florida International Bankers Association and Florida Banker's Association among others. The ground breaking ceremony will take place on the northeast corner of SW 37th Avenue & SW 8th Street in the future headquarters' parking lot at 9:30AM on Tuesday, July 27.
About International Finance Bank
Providing community banking services to residents in the South Florida region for over 27 years, International Finance Bank, "IFB," has been supporting the financial needs of its customers with an assortment of banking options which satisfy both personal and commercial requirements.
As part of the International banking conglomerate Grupo IF, a privately held family enterprise that has been conducting business in North and South America for over 50 years, IFB is managed with strong banking principles making it one of the most secure banking institutions in South Florida.
Offering a wide array of depository products and lending solutions, International Finance Bank is an ideal partner for your business. Whether it's applying for a working capital loan, acquiring equipment and vehicles, or establishing a business credit card for your company's everyday needs, IFB has the reliability and flexibility.
IFB has developed a reputation through the years for truly valuing its customers' banking needs and is always ready to provide a diverse selection of residential loan solutions. IFB has the funds to lend without the hassle and make the home owning dreams come true.
IFB is an active and responsible corporate citizen. Our bankers make a positive difference in numerous civic and community efforts in South Florida by their dedicated involvement in many causes and issues that affect our communities. IFB is always searching ways to strengthening its efforts within the community.
International Finance Bank. International by name, Local at heart
For more information, visit www.ifbbank.com or call 305.648.8800.