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Arizona Bank & Trust


Arizona Bank & Trust: Active Shade®

© Oculus Studio 2019

© Oculus Studio 2019


AB&T Installs Solar Canopy Expecting Cool Results

Phoenix, Arizona—Arizona Bank & Trust will install an Active Shade® solar canopy system for its Phoenix branch, located at 2306 E. Camelback Road.   The 224-solar module installation will generate more than 125 megawatt hours (MWh) of clean renewable energy, enough to power 9 typical single-family homes for a year.

Being able to provide a better client experience by adding additional covered parking, while also producing clean energy  fits our mission to be a local leader,” explains Bill Callahan, Arizona Bank & Trust President and CEO. “We address the shared need for shade in the Valley and by working with Oculus Studio, we found a solution that compliments the banking center’s aesthetics while offering more comfort and convenience to our customers, ultimately reducing our carbon footprint with one fiscally responsible beautification project.”

 “Active Shade® solar canopy system provides an environmentally responsible, stylish shade structure with a financial payback,” says Jesse Henson, architect and CEO of Oculus Studio. Shade is a precious resource in the Sonoran Desert climate and Arizona Bank & Trust’s customers will be able to enjoy 19 covered spaces. The project’s environmental benefit is equal to the amount of carbon sequestered by 74 acres of U.S. forests per year. The recently completed project has quickly become a favorite with customers and staff alike.

The Active Shade® Arizona-based project team includes Oculus Studio as the architect and designer with consulting provided by Caruso Turley Scott and Skidmore Engineering. The project construction team includes Resolute Performance Contracting, LLC and K2 Electric, Inc.


About Arizona Bank & Trust

Arizona Bank & Trust, a subsidiary of Heartland Financial USA, Inc., (NASDAQ: HTLF), is a state chartered bank with more than $654 million in assets with offices in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa, Chandler, Chandler Village, Tempe and Gilbert. Arizona Bank & Trust provides an array of products and services to fulfill the financial needs of individuals and businesses. It’s headquartered at 2036 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, Arizona. The bank specializes in business lending and deposit services, and provides a wide variety of personal credit and deposit services along with complete electronic banking programs. Visit www.arizbank.com or call 602.381.2090 for more information. The bank is a member of FDIC and an Equal Housing Lender.

About Oculus Studio

Oculus Studio is a Phoenix based architecture and engineering company specializing in energy efficient and high-performance building design. Oculus Studio created Active Shade®, “Shade that Works™” in order to provide our clients with a tangible asset that converts their parking lots into welcoming places for people and commerce. To learn more please visit our website: www.oculus-studio.com.

About Active Shade®

Active Shade®, (patent pending), is a design concept which seamlessly integrates electrical and structural engineering into modular pre-fabricated shade canopies that support solar PV. Active Shade® focuses the value proposition on creating customer-friendly spaces that allow organizations to pursue their goals and bottom line.  This improves return, whether you value commerce, social interaction, sustainability, environmental stewardship, increasing awareness, or some other human endeavor.