Educators Credit UnionMukwonago, WI
The design concept for the new branch for Educators Credit Union in Mukwonago is the result of an extensive design process that included many stakeholders. The design reflects Educators Credit Union’s trademark red color, flower logo and the brick used in its previous buildings. The design also was driven by the integration of new video remote teller and providing a setting for Educators’ trademark hospitality.
To meet these goals, the plan of the building is divided into two parts. The first part of the bank is the central member space which includes the main transaction area and a hospitality space for members to utilize. The member space is surrounded by the second part of the plan, the support spaces, including offices, a conference room, toilets, and mechanical rooms. The result is a soaring light filled member space which is also divided into two areas. The first contains a greeter’s podium with glass faced staff offices behind it. The interactive teller machines are located at the back wall forming a focal point in the bank. The teller machine spaces are designed to protect individual privacy. These semi-enclosed booths allow members to complete transactions via video. Built-in trash and purse shelves provide for convenience. Separating the transaction area is a curved screen wall. The wall incorporates an informal meeting area, coin machine, an interactive flat screen and a counter for hospitality components. On the opposite side of the screen is an area dedicated to hospitality. Comfortable seating focused on a fireplace featuring Educators red brick and artwork featuring a map of Mukwonago provides a relaxing place to wait and linger near a private conference room.
The work completed at Educator’s Credit Union in Mukwonago was awarded ASID Bronze for Design Excellence for Corporate/Office projects by the ASID Wisconsin Chapter, and achieved 2nd place/Award Excellence for corporate projects under 5,000 SF by the IIDA Wisconsin Chapter.