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Whitefish Credit Union - Columbia Falls Branch

Posted: April 3, 2019 | Projects

A unique new branch facility of the Whitefish Credit Union has opened along U.S. Highway 2 and 4th Avenue West in the small, but rapidly growing, Northwest Montana town of Columbia Falls. 

Photo courtesy of Whitefish Credit Union

The 5,300 square-foot facility consists of programmatic elements to support a public financial business including teller line, offices, safety-deposit boxes, interior areas for members, as well as exterior drivelines for drive-through customers. Site development included modifying the vehicular circulation through the existing site while adding vegetation surrounding it.

The building has a strong presence along Highway 2, which is a major traffic route to the ever popular Glacier National Park. To blend in with the park and its surrounding infrastructure, local materials were utilized to support the rustic vernacular of the region, such as logs and natural stone. 

Materials and finish selections sustain the branding and recognition of the Whitefish Credit Union, but are organized in ways that offer a fresh, contemporary look. Upper clerestory windows offer high views to the majestic, surrounding mountain peaks, while allowing natural daylight to penetrate the interior. Orientation of the interior spaces helps allow high visibility throughout the space to increase security.

Special attention was given to sustainable building approaches, including energy-efficient window systems and VRV mechanical systems. Construction and site work began June of 2017 and was completed in July of 2018.  

Building Envelope: Montana Timber Products, Montana Rockworks
Roofing: Metal Sales, Fibertite
Windows, Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer
Flooring: Mohawk, Daltile
Lighting: Gotham, Lithonia, Peerless, Philips, PrimeWest Group

Architect, Structural, Mechanical & Electrical Engineer
CTA Architects Engineers
2 Main Street, #205
Kalispell, MT 59901

Civil Engineer
TD&H Engineering
450 Corporate Drive, #101
Kalispell, MT 59901

General Contractor
Meredith Construction Company
2564 Highway 2 East
Kalispell, MT 59901

Date Bid: Jun 2017
Construction Period: Jun 2017 to Apr 2018          
Total Square Feet: 5,325
Site: .95 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Sizes: First floor, 5,325; total, 5,325 square feet.  
Building Height: First floor, 24’10”; total, 24’10”.  
Basic Construction Type: New/Wood.
Foundation: Slab-on-grade. 
Exterior Walls: Storefront, wood.
Roof: Membrane, metal. 
Floors: Concrete. 
Interior Walls: Wood stud drywall.