Sunflower U.P. Credit Union desired a “homey and inviting” design for their new business location, so CLH Architects’ Tim Werner, AIA, designed a building that would blend within the context of the surrounding community. The perceived mass of the building was reduced by adding high and low slopes to the roof. Tim also added a wrap-around porch that is of a size and scale of a family home, and the exterior windows are to a residential scale. The addition of dormers and the client’s sunflower icon echo the elements of farmhouse vernacular.
Inside, the credit union’s patrons will likely be surprised by the spaciousness of the tall lobby with clerestory windows, but there will still be a homestyle aesthetic because the flooring and finishes will be in a warm color range with natural hues. The floor plan supports 3 teller stations with easy access to the drive-thru window, 6 offices, and a conference room. Additionally, the file storage room is comprised of CMU for the security of the files, but it is also spacious enough to be a shelter for staff and customers in the event of a severe storm or tornado.
The building is sited to have good visibility as people approach the downtown area from the west. There is a drive-thru lane with the option of a teller or an ATM for Sunflower’s members, and a parking area in the rear. CLH Architects provided additional support to the client by assisting in a presentation to the Marysville City Council. The presentation was in support of a request by Sunflower UP FCU to have the city share costs for improvement of the alley on the lot that is utilized by customers as they access the drive-thru and surface parking. Improvements include new pavement, widening, and designating it as a two-way access road.
In keeping with their “down home” approach, Sunflower UP Federal Credit Union desired to invest in their local community by involving local businesses with this project. CES Group is a local civil engineering that did civil and survey work for the site. The building contractor is from the local area, and is an example of how CLH Architects works with credit unions to achieve their goals.
Construction completion is estimated to be in the Autumn of 2018.