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County Schools Federal Credit Union



County Schools Federal Credit Union



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Ventura, California


When County Schools Credit Union made the decision to trade their 8,000 sqfr main office and branch for a 2,332 sqft space, they faced the daunting challenge of meeting all of their needs in less than a third of their former space. With a project small in physical scale but large in complexity, County Schools turned to TruEdge to help them do more with a lot less.


Multifunctional Design

The new space had to accommodate retail, administrative and operations functions, with a clear separation between the retail and administrative areas. That meant finding ways for every part of the building to be multifunctional without sacrificing efficiency, security or safety.

The Challenges

Optimizing Vertical Space

When designing lobby spaces, one of our interior design objectives is to differentiate it with a higher ceiling than the rest of the space. Unfortunately, in this case the existing roof joists wouldn’t allow for this. TruEdge worked closely with County Schools to arrive at a customized solution. We provided renderings of several options and made recommendations to help our client feel confident in their decision making.

Full Renovation

Sometimes an existing space has enough potential to warrant a refresh or update. Other times-as was the case with County Schools-a full, ground-up renovation is the only way to achieve all objectives. A full renovation provided the opportunity to make major structural changes to the 1960’s building to bring it up to date, create flexible spaces and accommodate ADA requirements.

From Dated to Dazzling: A Complete Transformation

County Schools Credit Union decided to sell their 8,000sf headquarters and branch building in Ventura, CA, and operate out of a more efficient space. With a limited budget, they purchased a smaller, older building that needed a great deal of work. They turned to TruEdge to meet the challenge of making the new space functional, branded and aesthetically pleasing.

The initial challenge was devising a plan to fit all the functionality of a full branch plus administrative space into just 2,332sf. This included two tellers, two member service representative stations, a private branch manager’s office, ATM room and spaces for a four-person admin staff. Also needed were a board room, branch meeting room, restrooms, breakroom and storage.

TruEdge created several conceptual test fits before landing on a preferred option, which they retooled until everything fit perfectly. The final design included retractable bifold doors that allowed the boardroom to serve as a private conference room, and also be opened to the lobby for larger gatherings and special events.

To implement the plan, the entire space had to be demolished. Several structural columns were relocated, and the roofing and eaves were replaced. A new entry façade was added and the glass storefront entrance was adjusted. The building did not previously have an HVAC system, so one was installed. The entire electrical system needed to be replaced and upgraded. Natural lighting was an issue, so sun tunnels were installed in areas that didn’t have exterior windows. Lastly, several ADA requirements were triggered, including a new trenched out path of travel from the parking lot.

Special consideration had to be given to the limited ceiling height of 10 feet. Our design build team worked thoughtfully to maximize the space in the retail area so every bit of the height could be maintained. An open ceiling concept was used in which the ceiling was placed between rafters and ductwork was run on top of the roof, then dropped straight down where diffusers were needed.

The Solution

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