A successful credit union branch strategy means meeting members’ needs today and in the future. As opposed to a single solution, a successful credit union branch strategy requires Distinctive Thinking, an integrated solution defined by the member,  community and the brand. Read on for 7 considerations to deliver a successful credit union branch network strategy.

Wood WORKS! BC recently recognized municipalities around BC for their use of wood in community infrastructure projects. Included was the RATIO-designed Kanaka Creek Watershed Stewardship Centre in Metro Vancouver.

We Care Vancouver, organized by Workplace Resource / Herman Miller provides a gift making experience for over 300 children. This year RATIO participated with teams from SSDG, Kasian, Omicron, Perkins+Will, Smart Design Group, Stantec, ZAS, and BYU.

An award-winning purpose built wood building, designed by RATIO for Salmon Arm Savings & Credit Union’s flagship branch.

RATIO’s architectural solution for the Craigflower Pump Station in BC’s beautiful Capital Region District. A necessary community infrastructure project that integrates into the neighbourhood and parkland setting.

The new Aldergrove Port of Entry in Langley, BC is nearing completion. Full operation is expected towards the end of 2015. RATIO is proud to have been the Design Architect and Coordinating Registered Professional for the project and many other ports across British Columbia.

There is disruption occurring in banking, specifically around retail branch design and technology. The branch of the future is both high tech and high touch. A recent story in the Globe and Mail gives great examples of what is happening in the Big 5 banks that have become more technologically savvy with more services online, but still delivering high value personal services in branch. Branches that now offer a different personality than one may have found in recent past. Think open, transparent and welcoming with fewer counters and smaller spaces. Here in BC, where credit unions are a significant part of the financial services landscape and our communities, RATIO has seen an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit evident in branch design and service delivery.

CEO’s who intend to optimize a key asset, their workforce, will want to challenge them to be more productive, creative and innovative. To achieve this, workspace design must appeal to three broad categories of well-being; the physical, cognitive and emotional.

The RATIO designed Brawn Water Pump Station in Langley, BC is a practical and beautiful example of how infrastructure can co-exist in our communities. See more about our Brawn project here.

How can employers create space that serves the diverse needs of worker demographics and culture while inspiring creative collaboration and productivity? A workspace design plan should offer solutions with clear intent and outcomes.It should address the challenges of the modern office with consideration for the tension between public and private workspace. This means creating space for collaboration while allowing for focused, task-oriented space. Consider how to control visual distraction and accommodate for a diverse workforce including introverts and extraverts. And, your workspace plan should reflect and reinforce your brand values.