Architectural Design for Banks & Credit Unions

leverage data and customer insights to build a branch that works for you.

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a well-designed branch is a profitable investment in your business.

Together with your bank or credit union's management, we work to refine your strategic direction, build consensus, explore customer strategies, and identify potential brand issues. Then comes the fun part.

custom millwork & furniture

From teller pods and cash drawers to media cabinets and check-writing stations, our team of designers creates solutions tailored specifically to your needs.

merchandising & signage

Guide customers and promote your products and services with eye-catching posters, brochures, custom display stands, and kiosks.

expert project management

With close attention to detail, we develop project plans that optimize your retail space and support day-to-day activities.


strategic planning & executive decision support

Prior to the design phase, we assist your team with:

  • Strategic & financial planning
  • Branch development
  • Site selection & purchase
  • Business growth & network expansion analysis

space assessment

We assess your current location(s) to identify opportunities for growth or optimization. We’ll analyze how each department uses its space, then develop specific space recommendations for your building’s size, keeping future organizational objectives in mind.

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information gathering

We use a series of activities to gather information that’s crucial to the collaborative development of your design strategy. Discussion sessions with your management team will:

  • Help refine our strategic direction
  • Build consensus
  • Explore member strategies, brand issues, products & services, and physical & electronic networks

design development

We use design development activities to integrate retail strategy concepts. The goal is to maximize the effective use of space to create a positive selling environment, both inside and outside. Design elements include:

  • Traffic patterns
  • Dwelling points
  • Lines of sight
  • Technology deployment
  • Sales culture
  • Merchandising
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Learn about the activities we use to gather crucial strategy insight.


our clients talk

The way Mac manages [our] relationship is not just through the products and services. He engaged us on our needs, always kept in touch, and always centered the conversation on our vision.
Ismael “Ish” Eustaquio
Senior Vice President Retail Banking Division
Hawaii State Federal Credit Union
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I LOVE our new branch! It’s awesome and an experience like no other! Everyone that stops in loves it too!
Corey Dahle
Chief Experience Officer
Idaho Central Credit Union
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Element came up with a bold new design for our Headquarters building. We are extremely satisfied with our beautiful, functional, and employee-centric new home. It felt like we worked side by side to accomplish a huge achievement — all during a pandemic!
Robb Scott
Copper State Credit Union
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Every bit matters. Not only is this our tagline, but it's also a motto that we strive to live up to. The difference between good and great is minute. We can't lose sight of the small details that truly separate excellence.
Nate Baldasaro
The Element Group
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It wasn’t just about the job at hand, but care and drive to focus on a common cause.
Kacey Clayborn
Facilities Manager
Opportunity Bank
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We had a vision and everyone at Element bought into it right away with their customizations. Nothing Element did was off the shelf. What resulted was a welcoming space that physically shows our connectedness to the community and helps us deliver on our mission — to provide strong financial futures for Montanans.
Pete Johnson
Opportunity Bank
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Let's explore new possibilities for your institution.