ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Tucson Old Pueblo Credit Union and design-buildfirm NewGround have won CUNA's best practice award for branchdesign.

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They were presented with the award at the 11th annual CUNA OpSScouncil conference.

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“We are honored to be recognized by the CUNA OpSS council forour work with Tucson Old Pueblo. Our mission is to continuouslyinnovate and provide breakthrough design. Tucson Old Pueblo is anembodiment of this vision. It is a dynamic, efficient,one-of-a-kind design,” said Kevin Blair, president/CEO ofNewGround.

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Entries for the design competition were judged on how they“pushed the envelope” and differentiated the look of branches. Inaddition, judges critiqued the nontraditional elements deployed inthe new or remodeled branch to enhance member growth.

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Tucson Old Pueblo CU decided to expand in the Tucson market witha modern space that demonstrated it was part of the Tucsoncommunity and committed to providing members with the technologyand superior service its members crave. The credit union turned toNewGround to create a warm, inviting environment that looks andfeels like Tucson.

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Authenticity was an important element in the creation of TucsonOld Pueblo Credit Union's new branch. The facility reflects theTucson community with its Southwestern design style. Theenvironment is an important architectural element when it comes tobuilding in the Tucson area. Natural materials such as splayedstucco walls, a clay-tiled roof, vigas and a kiva fireplace wereused to create a space that reflects the heritage and character ofTucson.

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The space is also environmentally sound and takes intoconsideration the more than 350 days of sunshine Tucson gets ayear. Passive solar design was used to cool the facility. Wide-spanlattices were used as sunscreens for shading the building. Theorientation of the branch brings in natural light, and solar tubeswere placed around the skylights to collect energy and give theimpression of continuous light from above.

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The cultural motif interplays with the contemporary functionalcomponents of a financial environment to provide an inviting andengaging atmosphere. An open teller line, cash recyclers anddispensers, digital screens, an Internet station and an investmentarea converge with the Adobe-style design to create a unique branchthat pushes the envelope of design and speaks directly to theTucson market.

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NuUnion CU Is Branching Out

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LANSING, Mich. — NuUnion Credit Union has recently begunpreparations for its new branch in south Lansing.

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Area community and city and state leaders cheered whendemolition began on the former Regent Inn hotel, which was not onlya longstanding community eyesore but served as a center forcriminal activity.

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In its place, the credit union is preparing to build aleadership in energy and environmental design-certified,state-of-the-art banking facility.

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The new branch is expected to provide a major economic boost tothe key commercial corridor in Michigan's Capitol City.Redevelopment of the Regent Inn site was made possible through theuse of incentives from the Michigan Brownfield program. Theincentives were approved by the City of Lansing and the State ofMichigan this summer and assist with several issues that makeredevelopment of the Brownfield site challenging, includingdemolition, drainage rerouting and asbestos removal. Asbestosabatement began immediately following the state's approval inAugust to prepare for the demolition.

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Taylor CU Selects La Macchia Group

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MILWAUKEE, Wis. — Taylor Credit Union has tapped design-buildfirm La Macchia Group to design and build its new branch inAbbotsford, Wis.

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Construction of Taylor Credit Union's new 4,000-square-foot,sustainable branch office will include solar tube lighting andgeothermal heating and cooling along with a drive-up teller lane, a24-hour drive-up ATM and a night deposit box.

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“This building is situated as an entrance to Abbotsford whichwill make the credit union visible and accessible to the members ofthe community,” said La Macchia Group Senior Project Architect JimFryk.

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Dignitaries Turn Out for Ribbon Cutting

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MEDFORD, Mass. — Members Plus Credit Union recently held aribbon-cutting ceremony for its new full-service High Street branchand operations center.

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Mayor Michael McGlynn kicked off the festivities with a speechwelcoming the credit union to Medford Square. Cheryl White,executive director of the Medford Chamber of Commerce, alsowelcomed Members Plus to the business community.

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Mayor McGlynn did the honors of cutting the ribbon in front ofthe credit union's staff and directors, members of theMassachusetts Credit Union League, White, and Sam Tarabelsi, thepresident-elect of the chamber.

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The ribbon-cutting ceremony jumpstarted a week of grand openingevents, including refreshments, daily gas card giveaways and threegrand prize drawings for a flat panel television, Nintendo Wii andGPS system.

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RECU Staff, Volunteers Celebrate

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ATLANTA — Retail Employees' Credit Union members, board members,staff and vendors recently celebrated the grand opening of a newcorporate headquarters.

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To mark the day-long event, RECU Board Chairperson BerniceBailey began the festivities with a ribbon cutting.

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“We are thrilled to offer our members this convenient newlocation,” said Bailey. “We are now better situated to serve boththe Macy's corporate associates and the employees of PerimeterMall.”

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Grand opening attendees were treated to donuts, coffee,giveaways, music, a financial literacy session and fresh popcornfrom a popcorn machine.

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“We took this opportunity to thank our existing members andreach out to those who have not yet joined” said RECU MarketingSpecialist Vivian English. “Our members enjoyed touring the newfacility and learning more about the benefits of membership.”

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