Columbia Credit Union Begins Construction on Green Operations Center Addition

Columbia Credit Union has broken ground on a 20,000-square foot addition and remodel to its main Operations Center. The addition will be built to LEED Gold certification standards with expected completion in late 2013, and to kick off the project, the credit union held a “greenbreaking” event at the construction site in Vancouver, Wash., on Nov. 30.

“We took the lead among local financial institutions in 2007 by building our Washougal and Grand Central branches to LEED Gold certification,” said Columbia President and CEO Steve Kenny. “We’re proud to continue our commitment to sustainability with our Operations Center expansion.”

Upon completion, the addition will connect with the existing Operations Center via a glass encased three story atrium topped with pyramid shaped skylights. The addition will house executive and back office staff currently located in downtown Vancouver. A complete financial center with branch services, Wealth Management and Business Lending will continue serving members throughout the downtown core.

“Consolidating our offices helps the credit union run more efficiently and maximizes collaboration,” said Kenny. “It’ll strengthen our ability to provide members with optimal value and service.”

The addition will also allow for future growth and in house training opportunities. The credit union will remodel the existing Operations Center to match the styling and finishes planned for the addition and reuse as many furnishings and supplies as possible. The project will incorporate a variety of sustainable features, including:

  • Alternative transportation accommodations including bicycle storage and preferred parking for earth friendly vehicles and carpools;
  • Rainwater capture system for landscape irrigation;
  • Drought resistant landscaping;
  • High reflectance roofing to reduce heat accumulation and air conditioning in warmer months;
  • Interior maximized for outdoor views to more than 75 percent of occupants;
  • Finished concrete floors to eliminate use of carpet or other materials;
  • Sustainably sourced casework including reclaimed sorghum stalks and salvaged tapped sugar maple tree trunks considered “unusable” by lumber industry EHS Design Architects developed the expansion and remodel design.

Team Construction, a local contractor, will lead the construction phase.

“In addition to preserving natural resources and building sustainably, we‘re hiring local firms to keep jobs local as a benefit to our community,” added Kenny. “We’re making a significant commitment to support and grow with Clark County.”


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