The new Baldwinsville branch of Empower Federal Credit Union a merged entity of Empire and Power Federal Credit Unions, conveys an image that celebrates their new vision. Located in a circa 1900 industrial building, the challenges included creating an image that combined the customer-friendly nature of the credit union with the industrial nature of the building, and inserting an ambitious plan into a tight space. To that end, the existing columns, beams, and floor deck above were left exposed and painted in a metallic finish. Ductwork was also left exposed and direct/indirect pendant light fixtures were used to highlight the open volume of the space. The teller line was compressed between two office areas, which are illustrated by the curvilinear nature of the millwork. The curves were translated to a floating ceiling which brings the teller area volume down to a more intimate feel for customer transaction. A curved customer service desk greets the clients as they arrive. A curved, metallic painted wall, lit indirectly from the side, provides the backdrop.
Photos ©Don Cochran