Harborstone Credit Union Lacey Branch & Office Building
Barkshire Panel Systems, Inc.
Architect: Contacts Without Company
There were a number of intersecting ideas and zoning requirements that led to this unique and remarkable building. The client's business plan had this facility as a Hub for the south sound area which meant it needed to be a more substantial building. To maximize the value of the property, they needed to have the building as large as possible. The City of Lacey had special access requirements and design standards which placed the building in the northeast property corner. The culmination of these parameters is a three story, uniquely shaped, and modulated building.
Our design ideas included : a clearly defined entrance, Class A facility, standard Harborstone building features, and windows to the views. The building lobby is a three story space with an aluminum curtainwall and glass that faces the southwest with an inviting entrance canopy. The curved roof of the Drive-Through is repeated at the Entrance and the covered bicycle parking. The site has a great view of Mount Rainier to the east which can be seen from the second and third floor lease spaces.
We selected brick and CMU for the exterior finish for our distinguished, Class A office building because of its high durability, easy maintenance, and its ability to give the feeling of a first rate building. Accent bands were used to give the building a people scale. The diagonal patterns were used on the solid faces (where the stairs and elevator are located) to break up the wall into a more personal scale. The dotted pattern between the windows adds more interest to the wall.
Interior CMU walls were used to separate the financial facility from the rest of the building.
This is an exciting, interesting and delightful building that has many different looks depending on the time of day, weather, and direction of approach. It is an anchor and landmark at the Galaxy Drive and Quinault Avenue roundabout.