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  Members Choice Credit Union,
Seven Meadows Branch

Members Choice Credit Union, Seven Meadows BranchArchitect

Turner Partners Architecture, LP
333 Cypress Run, #350, Houston, TX 77094
www.tpalp.com

General Description

Location: Katy, Texas
Date Bid: July 2007
Construction Period: Sep 2007 to June 2008
Total Square Feet: 4,560 Site: 1.7869 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 4,560; total, 4,560 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 12'; total, 30'6".
Basic Construction Type: New/Structural Steel.
Foundation: Slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: Brick. Roof: Asphalt Shingles. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.

Construction Team

Structural Engineer: Structural Engineers Group, Inc. - 4114 Sunbeam Road, Building 200, Jacksonville, FL 32257
Electrical & Mechanical Engineer: Campbell Engineering of North Florida, Inc. - 2610 N.W. 43rd St., #2C, Gainesville, FL 32606
Interior Design: Personal Interiors - 2811 N.W. 41st Street, #C-1, Gainesville, FL 32606


Located in the growing suburban city of Katy, Texas, the newest branch of the Members Choice Credit Union - Seven Meadows is the third branch building designed by the Turner Partners Architecture team. This new prototype is different from the original design, as its site is a major neighborhood entry point; creating another front door to the Seven Meadows community it serves. The design patterns for the exterior aesthetic have been created in the adjoining neighborhood style. This style reflects local rural vernacular influences with its hill country stone, sparse but effective ornamentation, and residential scale proportions; as a result the building blends with and compliments the local architecture of the community.

The aim of the project was to 'rethink' spaces intended for branch customers in terms of their functionality, ergonomics and design. A credit union branch is a complex system that includes transactions concerning the exchange of documents, information and data, but above all relationships to provide services and build loyalty. The branch is, in fact, a key factor in a credit union's communication strategy.

From a strategic standpoint, the branch represents the 'moment of truth' for financial institutions, one of the essential elements of the credit union's multi-channeling and communication with customers is the focus of all efforts underlying the various services offered. With this in mind, the main challenge in this project was to create a unique, imaginative service environment, which breaks the mold of traditional credit union branches. In the case of the new Members Choice branch, its architecture invents this new expression, which respects the fundaments of these types of financial institutions and is based on cost-effective real estate solutions.

Turner Partners' succeeds in re-engineering the Members Choice branch as a facility to be utilized in a positive and constructive manner, combining ideas and advanced solutions, which focuses predominantly on the interior environment for the customer, to create the branch that meets current and future needs. This environment combines operational requirements with moments of involvement and interactive zones making customers, and their needs, the real protagonists.

The result is a new Members Choice branch that is an interactive, user-friendly facility in which the public areas are accentuated by high spaces, flooded with natural light from clerestory windows.

Visitors are greeted immediately upon arrival at the front service kiosk. The lobby hosts a customer meeting area with modern, chic furnishings, ample seating, natural stone floors, free-coffee stations, and flat-screen televisions tuned to news and finance. In arms reach, the "Kids Corner" activity area is colorful, and equipped with child-proof furniture and entertaining games. Surrounding the welcoming center stems the various financing functions including loan offices, conference room, teller stations, vault, and safety-deposit box areas with a break room for the employees.

 

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