The number one reason that many businesses engage an architect is to help them deliver the appropriate environment to attract and retain the talent they need to succeed. Performa becomes a partner in the process of envisioning and realizing an environment that aligns with a client’s culture, history, and future vision. Designing for such an intentional outcome must focus on placemaking; creating space that supports both personalization and connection to others. This has become increasingly complex with the proliferation of digital spaces that are redefining what our physical spaces can or should be. While the virtual environment allows people to develop an expansive presence in the world, it is important that our physical environment is grounding, creating a shared sense of community, belonging, and ownership through active participation. Engagement in meaningful activities with others becomes a personal experience, fostering connections that can translate into goodwill towards the place in which it occurs and can ultimately be synonymous with the business.
At Community First Credit Union’s corporate office, called the Home Office, we produced a sequencing of spaces intended to welcome everyone and illustrate their value to the organization. The Home Office is a place of community, personalized care, education, financial literacy services, management gathering, community involvement and dining. In order to accommodate these requirements, the building and its space were designed to be practical, flexible, creative, open and adaptable, providing an environment that reflects the culture and spirit of Community First Credit Union.
To see more of the new Community First Credit Union home office, view the project portfolio.