Photos by Hillary Ehlen
When First Community Credit Union broke ground on their new location in South Fargo, little did they know that they would be creating a landmark. This ultra-modern structure designed by Craig Helenske officially opened for business in June of 2018. Recently, we toured the space with Fargo Market Manager, Nate Medhus, to discover how First Community Credit Union put form and comfort first in their new building.
Meet Our Guide
Nate Matmedhus is the Fargo Market Manager at First Community Credit Union, which means that he oversees operations for all three Fargo Locations.
While First Community Credit Union began making plans for a new location about three years ago, conversations were had even before then. “We really wanted a location that was on a main thoroughfare that was easily accessible to our members,” Medhus explained. When land became available just off of 52nd Ave. S, they decided to pull the trigger. First Community Credit Union broke ground on their new location in 2016 with Craig Helenske as the architect and Meinecke Johnson serving as general contractor.
Form & Comfort
Now when driving down 52nd Ave. S, it is impossible to miss the modern landmark that is First Community Credit Union’s new location. As soon as you walk in the main entrance, it is clear that form and comfort were of the utmost importance when designing this space. That is why Craig Helenske enlisted the aid of interior designer Denise Drake.
The first thing that you will notice is that the interior features industrial elements such as exposed steel beams and reclaimed wood accents. To the left of the entrance is a large conference room, and straight ahead is a large lobby lined by offices with glass walls.
Inside of the offices, room dividers made of natural branches help create a sense of privacy without compromising the openness provided by the glass walls and work stations from Christianson’s Business Furniture move up and down at the touch of a button to create custom height standing desks. “It is very important for our employees have a comfortable workplace that allows them to enjoy their work,” Medhus shared.
The conference room is used for board meetings and the like. One of the most notable features in this room is the screen that can be hidden away at the touch of a button, revealing a white board beneath. A conference table and chairs from Christianson’s Business Furniture gives the room an executive touch.
Joining the lobby and business center is a well-stocked coffee & comfort bar serves both staff and client members. Nearby is a break room for staff members only with an exquisite system of exposed wooden beams suspended below commercial ceiling tiles.
The lower level of the new location is currently under construction, but will contain spaces for cubicles, offices and team work spaces. “Once it’s done, it won’t feel like a basement,” Medhus said. This will be due to the many windows and their expansive views of intricate landscaping by Hebron Brick.
After a short trip in the elevator, we found ourselves in the unfinished second level. “As we continue to grow, we’ll finish that second level,” Medhus revealed. Once completed, this space will surely be coveted for its exposed steel beams and views, not to mention easy access to a rooftop patio with natural landscaping.
First Community Credit Union has the largest membership of all credit unions in the state, serving 45,000 members across North Dakota and Minnesota. As a credit union, FCCU is member-owned, which makes it different than a bank. FCCU’s profits are returned to its members by way of better services, accounts and favorable rates on savings and loans.
First Community Credit Union
5201 42nd Street S Fargo
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