Banking, community style
Educational Employees Credit Union (EECU) wanted to build a new credit union branch in Reedley, just as the COVID epidemic was beginning in early 2020. TETER helped efficiently shepherd their new building through city approvals—even working remotely—and was able to get it built in time for EECU to move out of their leased space. The branch’s design is firmly rooted in the context of its site and agricultural community. Since families often come to the credit union together, we designed a children’s play area and outdoor plaza with seating for family members to wait outside. An elegant rounded ceiling in the middle of the branch delineates the teller area, with individual stations designed for universal banking. Biophilic design (connecting occupants to the natural environment) was incorporated with a floor-to-ceiling plant wall that also reflects the agricultural surroundings. For flexibility, TETER added two walk-up teller spaces with privacy screens just in case pandemic rules forced EECU to lock their main entrance doors. A nearby public walking trail became an opportunity for connection via a tree-lined path. Busy customers can now get their financial transactions done quickly and easily. The new Educational Employees Credit Union branch is now ready to provide Reedley with the community-centered banking for which it is known.