It is vital for Credit Union leaders to keep future growth in mind during the design process of a main office, especially as the need for a centralized staff that can serve multiple branches, as well as Executive & operational functions, are consolidated into one central space. As a result, K4 made it certain that all of L&N Federal Credit Union’s goals were met during this process in the building of a new, multi-story main office building in-line with L&N’s fifteen-year projected growth plan.
As always, there are challenges with creating and allocating space effectively and efficiently. One of those challenges was the rezoning of five residential lots. K4’s solution was to consolidate the lots and get zoning approval for the multi-story commercial office building. An additional challenge to constructing this large building was to spread the building footprint over a large portion of the site to make it more prominent with parking on all four sides and to create a campus feel for the entire site that would blend with the other three buildings on the adjacent site.
Using facility design as employee recruitment & retention tool, there are new upgrades to this headquarters building – such as a state-of-the-art exercise room, four outdoor gathering and eating areas, and multiple types of flexible meeting spaces.
Additionally, L&N’s rich history is communicated through the train details spread throughout the interior lighting and artwork to a railroad turntable representation in the landscape design near the front entrance. The complementary interior palette of materials and finishes upgraded the overall atmosphere with the use of warm wood tones, black metal accents, and the L & N brand color blue to work with their existing brand elements.
To attract new members and overall visibility, the building’s frontage can be seen from the freeway and major roads nearby while still in scale with the size of the overall site. The combination of all these factors makes for a complete headquarters that will satisfy employees, members, and the surrounding community alike.