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Happy State Bank

Retail Branch Bank and Building Lobby Renovation

Fort Worth, Texas

Client: Happy State Bank
Location: 2525 Ridgmar Blvd.
Fort Worth, Texas
Project Type: Commercial - Renovation and reuse of existing spaces, design-build
  • Area - 4,200 SF
  • Construction Type - IIB
2020 Master Design Awards Judge's Comments - SOLA Group, Inc.: "Definitely an upscale feel for this banking institution. Banks are difficult to remodel given their tendency to be uber conservative in their design needs and tastes. Nice work creating a clean, fresh, functional space with all of those tight parameters"


Founded in 1908 as First State Bank, Happy, Texas, the bank operated solely in that community during its first 81 years. In 1990, J. Pat Hickman, Chairman and CEO, led a group of investors in forming Happy Bancshares, Inc. as they purchased the bank. The generically named First State Bank changed its name to the unforgettable Happy State Bank in 2002. Today the $3.5 billion bank operates 39 branches, a loan production office, and the GoldStar Trust Co. in 30 communities with over 700 employees spread from the Texas Panhandle/South Plains to the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex.

In 2015 Happy State Bank (HSB) purchased the building at their current location, converting a portion of the third floor for commercial lending and market operations. HSB’s first retail branch bank, in the metroplex, opened March 15, 2017 on the ground floor after a complete renovation of a former Compass retail branch bank.

The design style is a nod to the character of early rural West Texas banks using rich white oak trim, furniture, and carved elements supporting a full compliment of retail bank features. Texas patriotic artworks grace the lobby and bank walls.

Architect of Record/Construction Manager: Tom Hines
Owner/Contractor: Happy State Bank
Architect: Tom Hines, Architect
Interior Design: Happy State Bank Standard
Mechanical, Electrical, & Plumbing: Vic Weir Consulting, Inc.
Security Systems: Happy State Bank
Drive-Up Teller Systems: ComCo Services
Photographer: Tom Hines