CFCU Community Credit Union | Transformation Center

A 2 story bank lobby with bright white walls, gray tile floors, sky blue and wooden accents and decorated with modern furniture is inclosed by 2 floors of offices, and is illuminated by large pane windows and an array of hanging globe lights. The renovated historic bank hall is located on the commons in Ithaca, Ny and is focused on new technology, including a large TV, computers, and iPads for customers to use.

HOLT and CFCU Community Credit Union worked together to renovate 14,000sf and two stories of a historic bank building into a vibrant Transformation Center incorporating retail banking and administrative offices for 30 employees.

The renovation features an exciting new design and direction for retail banking by strategically selecting and placing technology and furniture throughout the retail space, and creating an immersive banking experience for all clients and employees. Modern design elements, contemporary finishes, lighting, bright colors, glazing, and technology-infused client service areas integrate into and enliven the historic bank hall.

Support areas flank the great hall and include conference rooms, offices, collaboration spaces, and an enclosed outdoor patio. The light-filled mezzanine with executive offices is open to the bank hall below.

Tompkins Financial Corporation Headquarters

Tompkins Trust Company Headquarters Ithaca NY

Tompkins Financial’s 7-story, 110,000sf office building brings 300 employees from multiple locations together under one roof in Ithaca’s downtown.

The new state-of-the-art facility serves as the company’s corporate headquarters and includes ground-floor retail services, and offices throughout each of the additional six floors.

The stately design blends the tradition and aesthetic of historic bank buildings with the modern structures of Ithaca’s downtown.

First Heritage Federal Credit Union

A birds eye view of the new stand alone building housing the corporate headquarters for First Heritage Federal Credit Union located in Corning New York. The 3 story building has a 2 story glass and steel angular volume on the east corner revealed from behind tan masonry facade, many large punched windows all floors, and full height glass windows creating the exterior enclosure for the entire top floor. The building sits atop a well manicured lawn, with a large parking lot in back, a one way drive-through for teller lanes, and a parking lot access road in front.

HOLT worked with Purcell Construction and First Heritage Federal Credit Union to design/build a new corporate headquarters building for First Heritage Federal Credit Union in Corning, NY. The 27,680sf building offers the members and employees a welcoming, modern, future-oriented, and flexible new facility. As visitors enter the main entrance they walk through and experience the lobby/gallery space – a spacious, 2-story banking hall that glows from the outside like a beacon as daylight wains.

Universal tellers are in offices with glass walls for full transparency so when a member enters the space staff can see them immediately and help them in the main banking hall, which feels like a lounge. Strong branding is expressed on the interior with diagonal forms that help with wayfinding to services, and colors and materials all work harmoniously together to support the credit union’s brand throughout the building. The integration of staff and local community involvement in the building design and in the artwork to be showcased in the gallery celebrates this geographic region renown for the arts.

Elmira Savings Bank

Elmira Savings Bank The People’s Bank building renovation on the West End of Downtown Ithaca features a glass addition and red brick exterior. The building’s original windows are highlighted with metal sun shades, while the red brick is highlighted by the new greenery and site design.

Elmira Savings Bank’s renovation transforms a previously underutilized community brick building into a renewed and inviting commercial space. Originally built in the early 1900s, the building has housed many businesses. The building was vacant and deteriorating for years before Elmira Savings Bank purchased and renovated it, and subsequently transformed a major downtown Ithaca intersection.

The restoration of the 5,000sf building includes a renewed entry, an upgraded building envelope for improved energy efficiency, and a 1,600sf brick and glass addition that brings new life to the historic structure. The interior features a complete gut and renovation that creates a bright, lively, efficient, and engaging commercial banking and office area. Site work included improved access, parking, a drive-through service window with new canopy cover, and landscape features such as shrubs, perennials, and ornamental grasses all around. With a focus on sustainability, the building also features sun shades, and an all-electric heating/cooling plant.

CFCU Seneca Falls Branch Renovation

A one story bank building features drive up teller lanes covered by a large angular canopy attached to the main, stand alone building. The building has a grey metal textured roof, brown stone accents and columns, is covered with large Blue CFCU logos, and sits in a parking lot with a mall behind.

The goal of this project was to create a new small scale bank branch, with additional leasable office space, that had a visual impact and was approachable. HOLT worked closely with the stakeholders at CFCU Community Credit Union to renovate an existing 3,000 sf structure.

CFCU wanted to expand into a new geographic area and this existing building was the right-size and because of its past use as a banking facility, would be able to accommodate a similar program again. CFCU tasked HOLT with re-imagining banking to make the customer experience more fluid. The intention was to allow the user to have more ownership of their banking experience but to also have staff/support easily accessible.

Exterior updates make the project inviting during the day with the bank’s signage and a palette of bright colors. At night energetic blue site-lighting makes a bold statement in the local landscape. In addition to the main renovation, an additional 14,000 sf of leased site was modified to accommodate a new canopied ATM with teller lanes.