Looking to expand upon their existing headquarters in Hunt Valley, MD, Point Breeze Credit Union engaged GTM Architects to overhaul a branch location, renovating interiors and updating the exterior façade of the existing 20,000 sf office building, as well as design a 20,000 sf addition. GTM provided both exterior and interior design services and furniture selection. The project was divided into three phases to allow for continuous operations of the Credit Union’s day to day operations.
The first phase, a 3,500 sf branch renovation, brought a contemporary aesthetic to the new headquarters with full-height glass touch down offices for visibility and privacy and new teller pods for a more modern, personal relationship between teller and member. Thoughtful marketing graphics and interacting displays were integrated throughout the space. The focus of the design revolved around limiting physical and visual barriers, while keeping member comfort and privacy at the forefront.
GTM was challenged with achieving a cohesive design across the existing building and new addition during the second phase. By removing the heavy, precast panel portico at the main façade, the once overbearing, monolithic entrance takes on a new modern look with a two-story glass curtainwall system. The use of large expanses of glass curtainwall and a soft palette of sand brown tones help to create scale and hierarchy throughout the façade. Interior design included new employee entrance and lobby, defined office suites for various departments, C-Suite, executive conference room, large multi-purpose training room with retractable wall and board room.
The final phase, an interior renovation to the existing office building, brought fun, dynamic amenities to the newly expanded headquarters. A large, multi-room galley boasts a variety of seating options — from banquettes to lounge furniture, and tables with chairs to barstools at an island. Colorful patterns and textures create a playful yet professional environment for employees to gather. Those looking for a relaxing moment can escape to a quiet room, equipped with recliners, electric fireplace and darkening shades. The remaining office space was renovated to align with the interior design of the new addition with new finishes, furniture, lighting and ceiling treatments.