Workplace Projects
3Rivers Federal Credit Union Operations Center

The Challenge

Transform a functionally obsolete operations center building into a forward-thinking headquarters campus strategy

Project Background

3Rivers Federal Credit Union was out of operations space. Team members were working in basement storage areas, building systems were at the end of their lifespan, and an inefficient building envelope pushed stratospheric utility bills. In response, the leadership team invested in a 20-year operations space strategy.

The team’s strategic operations plan took advantage of the organization’s seven-acre site and derived a campus approach to accommodate future growth. A renovation, including complete systems and envelope upgrades, would cost less than newly-constructed space, and the 9,000-square foot subterranean level could provide an inexpensive solution to accessory space needs.


The building’s three square floors were nearly 100 feet on each side. When combined with a simple structural design, the opportunity to open up the floor plan presented itself. Gone were dead-end corridors and windowless offices. In their place were work areas for 100 office occupants, complemented with a dozen different conference and co-working areas.

Health and wellness are a central component of the 3Rivers strategy. The lower level was transformed into a state-of-the-art gym, with neighboring quiet areas intended for private reflection. The remaining lower level now houses an overflow training lab and professional TV and voice recording studio.

Momentum Moment

This project is one of eight 3Rivers facilities to achieve LEED-Certification. The Momentum project team used infrared scanning technology to look for performance issues in the building envelope that would impact energy efficiency. Energy modeling confirmed a large impact from replacing the building glazing systems. The design team specified new glass that would improve visible light transmission and aesthetics while decreasing the impact of outdoor temperatures on building heating and cooling systems.

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