The LaBiche Architectural Group, Inc.
7999 Gladys Avenue, #101, Beaumont, TX 77706
Date Bid: Sept 2013 Construction Period: Nov 2013 to Aug
Total Square Feet: 10,044 Site: 1 acre.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Sizes: First floor, 4,222; second floor, 4,238; drive
through teller, 1,584; total, 10,044* square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 14’; second floor, 14; total, 40’.
Basic Construction Type: New.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, pier & grade beam, reinforced
Exterior Walls: Masonry veneer on metal studs. Roof:
Metal. Floors: Concrete.
Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.
Structural Engineer: Fittz & Shipman, Inc. - 1405 Cornerstone
Court, Beaumont, TX 77706
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Lechtenberg Consulting, Inc. -
P.O. Box 6483, Lake Charles, LA 70606
General Contractor: Goss Building, Inc. - 2455 West Cardinal
Drive, Beaumont, TX 77705
A local credit union with ties to the 1930's oil industry, Mobiloil
Credit Union is a locally owned fast growing credit union serving a
large section of Southeast Texas. Mobiloil Credit Union was chartered
July 30, 1935 as Magnolia Employees Beaumont Texas Federal Credit Union.
It was one of the first federal credit unions in Jefferson County. By
year-end 1935, the new credit union had 700 members, assets of $10,000
and the potential for over 5,000 members from its sponsor group,
Magnolia Beaumont Refinery. Mobiloil Credit Union is now a community
charter and currently has more than 40,000 members and assets exceeding
$500 million. Over the years, MOFCU has maintained a competitive
position among other financial institutions while adhering strictly to
the philosophy of "Not for Profit, Not for Charity, but for Service".
The building located on Main Street in Vidor, Texas is the first branch
along that city's major thoroughfare. The site for the building shares a
vehicular entrance with a neighboring building due to the site
constraints. The building's design matches the corporate building
located in nearby Beaumont. The exterior consists of an open stair tower
and curved entrance awning. The building's exterior materials are a
combination of manufactured stone, brick, cast stone and glass and are
identical to their other branches.
The design for the two-story building features three drive-thru tellers
and an ATM on the south side of the building. The buildings entrance
opens into a clear-story lobby whose glass and stainless steel balcony
railings add to the interiors openness. Bank tellers are on one side of
the building lobby and loan officers are on the other side of the lobby.
The large glass windows on three sides of the lobby bring sunlight into
the heart of the building.
Energy efficiency was of prime concern to the credit unions Board, so
the building was designed as a thermal envelope consisting of sprayed
foam insulation that starts and terminates at the buildings slab. The
design allowed for the reduction of mechanical equipment requirements.
In addition the building is completely outfitted with LED lighting that
operates on half the energy of a normal lighting system. The lighting
teamed with occupancy sensing control and sensing devices afford the
most efficiency in lighting operation. The building is also outfitted
with an electrical generator capable of operating the entire building
should there be a loss of electrical service.
The buildings interiors echo the neutral corporate color scheme that
allows for the highlighting of the credit unions signage and
advertising. The clear-story balcony façade features a photo mural
showing pictures of the early days of the community and shows several
landmarks no longer visible in Vidor.
Building Envelope: Acme Brick, Liberty Stone, Dryvit
Windows, Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer
Interior: RACO, Sherwin Williams, Formica, Wilsonart, Schulter, Hunter
Lighting: Cooper, Metalux, Portfolio, Sure Lite, Fall-Safe, Luminess,
Lumiere, Arch. Lighting Works
Elevator: Thyssen Krupp.