Recently released, a global branch design report features 25 case studies from around the world including RATIO’s work for Island Savings. Published by a banking intelligence provider, Lafferty Group, the report is titled Digital Branch Design: Presence, Openness and Intimacy. Read on for a look at the published case study and more about the report.
LEEDv4 registered Commercial Interior project
Vancity’s new Maillardville branch reflects this credit union’s commitment to community and sustainability. RATIO acted as the prime consultant and was responsible for the planning and design of this unique tenant improvement project. As a LEED v4 registered Commercial Interior project, the space meets design criteria from healthy building materials to advanced energy metering and water conservation.
Site challenges lead to opportunities
Relocated from a temporary location just down the street, the new branch with 25-foot ceilings and 2 separate entrances, provided unique planning challenges. RATIO worked with Vancity during lease negotiations to determine the overall suitability and to ensure the Landlord’s work was completed to its satisfaction.
Early on in the process, RATIO highlighted an opportunity to create a mezzanine level within the double-height retail space. This achieved two things: 1) Created additional office space to accommodate a busy and growing branch and 2) Incorporated the entry stair into the mezzanine design creating an elegant organizing feature in the members’ area. The branch, open since September, is distinctly Vancity, featuring a living wall, a natural-light filled high ceilinged member hall, a community room, member-focused offices and a reclaimed wood platform seating tier.
Design decisions for the Vancity tenant improvement project to achieve LEEDv4 certification included:
Lighting – All LED lights with a central control system, lighting controls for every workstation/teller and private office.
Furniture – Flexible meeting table, desks with adjustable heights.
Natural light and reflective surfaces – full height glass walls along south-facing windows,
Air quality – Highly efficient VRF air conditioning system with central controls, providing monitoring for outdoor air intake.
Conservation of water and energy – through the use of high-efficiency fixtures and appliances.
The Maillardville branch:
6100 square feet over two floors
Located at 101-969 Brunette Ave, Coquitlam BC
RATIO works with Vancity on all branch projects, delivering effective workspace planning and retail design solutions. In recent years, we’ve worked with Vancity on a number of branches that have achieved LEED ratings including Lynn Creek in North Vancouver, Burnaby Heights, Mt. Tolmie and Shaughnessy Station in Port Coquitlam.
Crafting for Christmas
This year marked the 16th edition of the holiday tradition started and organized by our friends at Contemporary Office Interiors (formerly Workplace Resource/Hermann Miller). We Care is one of our favorite ways to give back, have fun with kids and get the holiday season kicked off right. The super-charged festive buzz was enhanced by a visit from Santa and the happy enthusiasm from the kids.
We Care provides craft-making activities for gift giving or holiday decorating for over 350 children. Teams from the Architecture and Interior Design community set up craft stations at a community centre in East Vancouver. This year RATIO participated with teams from BYU Design, CEI, Hermann Miller, Kasian, KRA Architecture, MilYu Creative Environments, Omicron, Perkins+Will, Smart Design Group, SSDG, Stantec and ZAS. Each team supplies the materials and set up a craft station where children can take turns making crafts. It’s always as much fun for us as it is the kids!