Cobalt Credit Union Headquarters
The 95,000-SF, four-story headquarters allows for the consolidation of all corporate departments, including operations, human resources, marketing, lending, finance, quality assurance/compliance, and information technology. The facility includes a branch credit union with both drive-up and external ATM options, and staff amenities consisting of a lounge with food service, a health and fitness center, and a community room.
At the heart of the building is the “communication core,” a four-story atrium with a large, wooden staircase central to all departments and offices, encouraging interaction among departments, members, and employees. The upper three levels of the building are composed of glass and aluminum panels that cantilever 30 feet on one side, providing a canopy for the drive-through. A rooftop patio and fourth-floor balcony with an overhead lattice system provides employees an opportunity to enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. The corridor on the northern facade features breakout work spaces with large windows to facilitate creative collaboration and flexible group work.
Sustainable design features include a geothermal heat pump system, and numerous energy-efficient lighting measures combined with full-building automatic lighting control panels to reduce energy consumption. Daylight harvesting and light shelves are incorporated in certain areas of the building to take full advantage of available natural light.
At a glance
“Communication Core” Design
Energy Efficient Design
Architectural Engineering Outstanding Alumni Project
The Durham School of Architectural Engineering and Construction
Architectural Merit Award for Distinguished Accomplishment in Excellence in Interior
Architecture Citation Award Presented in Recognition of Excellence in Architectural Design
AIA Central States Region
Honor Award - Innovative Use of Materials
IIDA Great Plains Chapter
People’s Choice Award for Distinguished Accomplishment in Excellence in Architecture
People’s Choice Award for Distinguished Accomplishment in Excellence in Detail
People’s Choice Award for Distinguished Accomplishment in Excellence in Interior
People’s Choice Award for Distinguished Accomplishment in Excellence in Unbuilt Design
Wood Design Award, Regional Excellence Winner
Engineering: Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Structural, Civil
"A good example where restraint keeps the form clear. Space is clean and simple. We like the way they use wood for warmth and texture. The atrium operates as a courtyard where the balcony engages, and the stair encourages social interaction."