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  Beaumont Community Credit UnionBeaumont Community Credit Union

The LaBiche Architectural Group, Inc.
7999 Gladys Avenue, #101, Beaumont, TX 77706

General Description

Location: Beaumont, Texas
Date Bid: June 2011 Construction Period: July 2011 to Apr 2012
Total Square Feet: 3,267 Site: 1.5 acres.
Number of Buildings: One. Building Size: First floor, 3,267; total, 3,267.
Building Height: First floor, 31’6”; total, 31’6”.
Basic Construction Type: New/Wood Frame Brick Veneer.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade.
Exterior Walls: Brick. Roof: Asphalt shingles.
Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Wood stud drywall.

Construction Team

Structural Engineer: Fittz & Shipman Engineers - 1405 Cornerstone Court, Beaumont, TX 77706
General Contractor: D & R Commercial Construction - P.O. Box 8605, Lumberton, TX 77657
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Lechtenberg Consulting, Inc. - 7999 Gladys Avenue, #101B, Beaumont, TX 77706
Landscape Architect: CFZ Group - 4242 Medical Drive, #5200, San Antonio, TX 78229

The Beaumont Community Credit Union is a credit union serving the employees of the City of Beaumont, Texas. They represent a diverse group of citizens and wished to move and build a new credit union building, which represented their community and its heritage. The site is located along one of Beaumont's major streets, MLK Parkway. It was the former location of a large feed store and grain warehouse and adjacent to the railroad line, as were many of Beaumont's mercantile establishments which were built in the late 1800's and early 1900's. The warehouse had long been demolished prior to the purchase of the property by the Credit Union. Because of the site's history the exterior design is reminiscent of an early 1900's rail station. Exterior detailing follows a traditional Georgian style with its Doric columns and divided light windows.

The building is situated on the site for maximum visibility from the 5-lane MLK Parkway. The building tower, over 30 feet tall, contains the Credit Union logo and can be seen from a distance both north and south of the site. The site is entered from a city cross street because it is not directly accessible from MLK. The site plan is one of an organic layout of parking and drives which is in stark contrast to the strong lineal lines of the building. Customer and employee parking are located in front of the building while the Credit Union's three drive-thru windows are located at the rear of the building. The site is landscaped with native trees and flowering shrubs indicative of the site geographic location. Planting were designed so that the site always has seasonal color throughout the year.

The interior of the building is a traditional design, which reflects the exterior style of the building. Earth tone colors along with walnut stained cabinets, doors and wood moldings add to the rich feel of the interiors. The colors and furnishings invite customers in and give them the feeling of being at home. Light fixtures reflect a traditional setting and add to the richness of the furnishings. The interior spaces include union lobby, offices, teller areas, vault, conference rooms, restrooms and a break area. The building surrounds the lobby. The lobby provides a natural separation between private offices and more public spaces such as the conference and break areas.

Product Information
Brick: Acme Brick Drywall: United States Gypsum
Asphalt Shingles: GAF  Flooring: J & J, Mannington, DalTile, Roppe
Paint: Sherwin Williams Tile: Crossville, MasterTile
Lighting: Cooper  Windows, Entrances & Storefronts: Weathershield


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