Sandia Laboratory Federal Credit Union (SLFCU) is nestled in the town of Edgewood, NM just 20 miles East of Albuquerque on Interstate 40 and just off of Highway 333. The Edgewood branch is 6,550 SF and was created with a community space to support the town for community gatherings and to provide a focal point for the community. Sandia Laboratory Federal Credit Union (SLFCU) is the largest financial institution by asset size and is headquartered in New Mexico.
SLFCU Edgewood boasts beautiful high sloping tongue and grove ceilings that allow the wood soaked light to fill the lobby. The lobby displays positive words throughout that invite and invigorate the customer to give them a sense of ownership and belonging. This is not a typical NM financial institution and features teller dialog towers similar to those at the Rio Rancho, Kirtland, and Los Lunas branches. The dialog towers contribute to an open layout and concept and create a more inviting atmosphere that allows employees to meet members’ needs more effectively. The customer can flow through the branch just as an employee would do to conduct financial business, to connect to wifi or to make themselves a cup of coffee. Office walls are glass to help maintain the open feel concept. There are cash dispensers at each dialog tower that provide efficient and accurate service and improve security. The full-service branch also has a three-lane drive-up with an additional ATM lane, safe deposit boxes, a self-service coin machine, and a community room.
Sandia Laboratory Federal Credit Union reached out to Reid & Associates to bid on the SLFCU branch in Rio Rancho, NM in 2013. R&A was awarded the job and successfully completed the project just 1 month ahead of schedule and under budget. Because of this accomplishment and the relationship built from the commitment of success, SLFCU awarded R&A the SLFCU Edgewood branch in 2015. The Edgewood branch was built on time and on budget.
After a very successful partnership and completion on the SLFCU Rio Rancho branch, R&A continued to partner with MG Architects from TX, an out-of-state company, that specializes in the urban and cutting edge branch that SLFCU has moved their business model toward. SLFCU’s concept and flow within the layout of the building brings a new dynamic to the architect. MG Architects has extensive experience in this type of interactive approach that is starting to sweep the country.