New Branch Construction For Banks & Credit Unions

we believe good branch design starts in the foundation

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Create inviting retail environments for your financial institution.

With over a decade of experience in bank and credit union construction, our team of experts is equipped to handle building projects of any scale!

project management services

From permitting to negotiating with contractors and suppliers, we ensure a seamless branch construction experience by setting clear expectations and communicating openly throughout the entire process.

new banking equipment implementation

During your bank or credit union construction, we’ll help install the latest in-branch solutions to meet customer and member needs while providing modern, convenient services like ITMs and ATMs.

design support for architecture and interiors

We’ll work with your team throughout the branch construction process to refine your design ideas and turn them into a cohesive strategy that meets your needs.

branch construction & design


Before starting any credit union or bank construction project, we conduct in-depth research to figure out the best features and design elements to include in the new branch. In addition to conducting interviews with relevant internal stakeholders, our proven discovery questionnaire is given to every client and informs much of the rest of the process. We also stay on top of all relevant design trends and industry best practices to give you the best possible outcome.

feasibility study

Those looking for a business growth analysis and assessment can find them here at Element. We take a deep dive into whether or not expanding clients’ networks in the desired areas makes business sense before getting too far into the process.


Our proven expertise extends beyond bank construction and design to strategic planning and site selection assistance as well. We’ve worked with numerous financial institutions looking to expand their branch network by helping them select optimal locations. Financial planning and site purchase services are also available.


We pride ourselves on integrating all the latest design trends with our extensive experience to create an effective and positive selling environment inside and an appealing presentation outside. These design elements are informed by aesthetics, as well as customer traffic patterns, dwelling points, lines of sight, technology deployment, sales culture, and merchandising.


We solicit a minimum of three bids for each portion of the construction trades, assuring competitive costing and establishing the cost baseline. Our extensive experience negotiating bids ensures the best rate will be achieved. We are committed to utilizing local community resources, including subcontractors, skilled tradesmen, and laborers.


We work directly with building officials and contractors to ensure that all building permits are properly obtained prior to the start of construction. We have experience working with government agencies at various levels in order to secure the best possible outcomes.


During the construction process, we directly oversee the site superintendent and are involved with the various subcontractors working on the project. Projects are brought in on time so you can plan with an easy mind, knowing your new branch will be ready when you need it. Since we only consider the best contractors, the final product will be of the highest quality.


We also provide a number of promotional and marketing services for after your branch launches. Our proactive, non-traditional marketing program is designed to maximize brand recognition and increase an emotional connection to the institution through a unique client experience. We also offer employee engagement services.

stakeholder involvement

board members

We take care to ensure board member involvement at every step of the process through the completion of construction. As those ultimately responsible for bank construction decisions, we know how crucial it is to keep them in the loop.


Architects are responsible for putting what you desire down on paper, and everyone else in the process follows the initial architectural drawings. Our extensive experience working with them is a key part of our success.

interior designers

Having an inviting yet professional setting is key to keeping customers entertained and comfortable during waiting periods. Interior designers are the professionals that put all of that together, as well as taking into account best business practices. We work with interior designers to help transform your vision into a reality.


By involving ourselves in the bidding phase and selecting local sub-contractors when available, we ensure that contractors at every level are properly vetted and can get the job done. Then, our project managers stay in touch during construction to ensure everything is running smoothly.


Municipalities must provide their approval at various stages of planning and building, often requiring permits. As project managers, we oversee all aspects of this process to help give peace of mind to our clients.

Customer & Member Engagement

New branch construction projects provide the perfect opportunity to attract and engage customers and members. Dazzle customers with

  • New, state-of-the-art equipment
  • Signature elements that capture your brand’s essence
  • Effective choreography that keeps people and processes moving smoothly
  • Eye-catching digital signage that delivers valuable information


our clients talk

From ownership to service calls, the Element team is dedicated to its clients and their projects. It felt like we worked side by side to accomplish a huge accomplishment all during a pandemic.
Robb Scott
President and Chief Executive Officer
Copper State Credit Union
One of the things I realized was that we didn’t want to just do business with someone we wanted to grow with someone, we looked at our organization and found similar core values with The Element Group.
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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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
The Element Story
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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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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