Truist unveiled its new Innovation and Technology Center at the bank's uptown headquarters on Tuesday.  The bank features a common area called “the park,” complete with greenery and turf.

Truist unveiled its new Innovation and Technology Center at the bank’s uptown headquarters on Tuesday. The bank features a common area called “the park,” complete with greenery and turf.

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Truist Bank is looking to fuse tech and finance with a new 100,000-square-foot banking Innovation and Technology Center that debuted Tuesday at its headquarters in uptown Charlotte.

The two-football-field sized facility will serve as a research lab and collaboration hub for engineers, designers and customers to “build a better banking experience,” Truist said in a news release Tuesday.

It includes customer meeting rooms, indoor “tree houses” and virtual reality labs to help bankers design and prototype digital products.

The center will help “propel Truist into the future” of digital banking, Chief Information Officer Scott Case said.

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The Innovation and Technology Center officially opened on June 21. it’ll be a research lab and collaboration hub for engineers, designers and bank customers, Truist said. Courtesy of Truist

The features include:

A makerspace to design and test products

“Tree Houses,” creative spaces looking out over the main floor of the center that can be used to meet or showcase prototypes

An 18-person call center for engineers and designers to get feedback from customers

A common area called “The Park,” complete with greenery, swings and natural light

A lab where the focus is on using virtual and augmented reality technology to “create the future of banking.”

Programs for innovators

Truist has been planning for the center for over a year and originally planned to open it in late 2021.

In addition to the new center, Truist is also launching an “Innovators in Residence” program. The program will bring in leaders from tech firms and startups to “explore new and emerging technologies” that could help solve industry challenges, the bank said in its release.

Verizon, Amazon Web Services and cloud computing company Unqork are all founding partners of that program.

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The new center at Truist’s uptown headquarters will “propel (the bank) into the future” of digital banking, its chief information officer said. A recent consumer survey on mobile and online banking showed the bank lagged behind its peers. Courtesy of Truist

Truist ranks low in digital banking

Truist Bank has some catching up to do with its competitors when it comes to digital banking.

Consumer research firm JD Power ranked the bank last among its peers this month for customer satisfaction with its mobile app and overall online experience, the Winston-Salem Journal reported.

Other banks with a Charlotte presence, like Wells Fargo and Bank of America, ranked among the best in the industry for their mobile app and online banking, respectively.

Still, most Truist customers are still interacting with the bank online, Truist has said – 87% of customer interactions at the bank are digital, according to its website.

Improving digital options for customers has been a key focus for Truist since SunTrust and BB&T merged to form the bank in 2019. The bank launched a new mobile banking app and website late last year as part of the merger.

Truist employs over 50,000 workers. The bank has about 2,800 employees in the greater Charlotte area.

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Hannah Lang covers banking and economic equity for The Charlotte Observer. She studied business journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and grew up in the same town as her alma mater.

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