DAWSON CREEK, B.C.–North Peace Savings & Credit Union here and design/build firm NewGround announced the credit union has received recognition for the top award of excellence in the category of Commerce New from the Northern BC Commercial Building Awards for their new service center here.
Award recipients had to meet extensive criteria, which included the building or renovation project to complement the surrounding area, be aesthetically pleasing, possess unique architectural features, and meet a specific development need for the local community. Choice in construction materials and the level of finish also determined the award recipients. Environmentally friendly projects were looked upon highly for award consideration.
Together, Chesterfield, Mo.-based NewGround said it and NPSCU developed a new Smart Service Centre, “an innovative branch solution with design and technology that is one of a kind in Canada. This feature allows staff in the branch to be freed from the complexity of handling cash so they can focus directly on member needs.”
Through two Face 2 Face personal teller machines (PTMs), members can connect to live tellers through video banking, delivering a direct personal experience with contact between the member and teller, the company said. “Free-flowing in nature, technology is leveraged throughout the branch to enhance NPSCU’s brand by ensuring there are no barriers when serving a member’s needs.”
“This Smart Service Centre has a strong, modern exterior and sits prominently on a standalone pad shared with Starbucks,” NewGround explained. “The lobby is purposefully situated so it is observable to members as they drive up, and catches attention from Starbucks foot traffic as guests pass by. The interior design consists of bold colors, colorful furniture, and a hearth with a screen as a focal point to embody a symbol of warmth, comfort, and shelter. This design combination evokes a sense of feeling at home in an exciting and modern way.”
“Our Dawson Creek Smart Service Centre was designed to offer an inviting atmosphere for members to discuss all of their personal or business financial needs with experts from across our organization”, said Mitchel Chilcott, CEO of North Peace Savings & Credit Union.
Added Greg Ward, president of NewGround Canada, “NPSCU winning this distinctive award is truly an honor, and it shows NewGround’s commitment to designing beautiful, innovative, successful spaces to fit our client’s needs.”