Sikorsky Credit Union wanted to open a new branch in a new market, and Solidus was contracted to execute the design, construction and branding. This branch is located in the end-cap of a small strip mall that was originally a pet food store in a relatively upscale area straddling the border between Brookfield and Danbury, CT. The credit union leased half of the space, which was roughly 2,600 sq. ft. There was very little demolition involved in preparing the space; we filled in a pair of receiving doors on the left side of the building that had been used by trucks to bring supplies into the shop. It was a complete interior fit-out, plus some minor exterior work. Our architect provided the entire design, including schematics, layout, and finishes.
This was a new location and a new market for the credit union. This caused some slight exterior complications, as the two towns have somewhat different regulations concerning signage. We also applied metal panels onto the brickwork exterior and painted the end of the building to match the front.
There is a drive-up ITM on the side of the branch, for which we designed a branded surround. The parking and drive-thru area is quite tight, and we ensured there were legible height clearance signs for the attention of high trucks because the canopy above the ITM was unable to accommodate them beyond a certain height.
The branch is designed with two open pods that are split so there are four stations in total—three stand-up and one sit-down for handicapped people. Behind one pod is the CU’s logo, and behind the other is a large flat-screen display. Opposite the pods are offices, each built at a subtle angle that exaggerates the perspective of the branch when viewed from the front entrance. This “forced perspective” effect makes the branch narrower toward the back. The office walls are DIRTT glass so all the offices are transparent.
Our design team was responsible for the branding and, because this was a new market for the credit union, there was a desire to strengthen ties to the community. We also installed a community wall near a waiting area inside the branch showing photographs of local landmarks. At the far end of the branch, there is a second waiting area where we created a History feature showing milestones in the credit union’s history since its formation in 1948.
There are also framed images of local scenes inside the glass-fronted offices opposite the pods.
We designed a welcome sign and graphic wall in the vestibule surrounding a flat-screen display. The client was very happy with the interior, especially as we finished this project without even needing a punch-list of things that needed to be fixed before the final handoff.