Financial Retail Facilities
American Lake Credit Union Flagship Branch

Midpoint Between Old and NewLakewood, WA

The Challenge

Transform an aging facility into a flagship branch that attracts a younger demographic while remaining comfortable for existing members, and deliver an operations space that enables back office staff to work more effectively.

Project Background

American Lake was growing and in the process of a five year expansion strategy that required an updated branch network and a bigger, more comfortable operations space.

To kick off the strategy, they purchased a large but outdated bank branch on a high visibility corner to tie the branch network together and create a bold presence in the community. The location was great and the 4,000 square foot building was large enough to support both the new flagship branch and an operations space, but the facility was in bad shape and in serious need of a complete renovation.

Midpoint between Old and New: Plan. Design. Build.

Momentum worked with American Lake to come up with a design that represents the credit union as a trusted resource in the community for both new and existing members. A universal staffing model supports lower transaction volumes with a more consultative focus, and an open layout allows the staff to move around the branch to interact with members and demonstrate the mobile app experience at the tech bar. The new interior is attractive and open with color choices that reflect the American Lake brand and Lakewood history, inviting the community to come in and connect.

A new operations space co-located with the branch gives American Lake’s back office staff breathing room and supports their efforts to innovate and deliver the best possible member service.

Momentum Moment

When American Lake acquired this branch the building was in bad shape, an outdated design and poor materials made the prospect of a renovation daunting. But Momentum’s design team came up with unique solutions, removing the tacky roof overhang and replacing the exterior with a lively façade and encasing interior structural supports in wood to give the branch space a more natural appearance.

The transformed branch now looks like a brand new building without the expense of a teardown and rebuild! 

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