Gordon A. Simmons, President/CEO of Service Credit Union, welcomed more than 250 attendees to the credit union’s new LEED certified, corporate offices building at 3003 Lafayette Road, Portsmouth.
New Hampshire Governor John Lynch, national and local military and credit union representatives along with the Portsmouth mayor addressed the crowd at the grand opening on October 12th of the 100,000 square-foot building.
Lynch cited Service Credit Union and Simmons’ commitment to the community, employees and its members. It sets a standard by which all others are measured, he said. They have made themselves a part of the fabric of the community.
Lynch and Service Credit Union Chair Barbara Roberge cut the ribbon to officially open the building. That was followed by a time capsule ceremony. The capsule was sealed into an inside wall of the new building. It contains the latest annual report, corporate highlights, photos of the current board of directors and past and current presidents/CEOs and commemorative civilian and military coins and additional items to be reopened 50 years from now in 2062.
Previously, Service Credit Union’s Corporate Offices resided at 2010 Lafayette Road in Portsmouth in a 19,000 square foot building. The new building was designed by the architectural firm of GUND Partnership of Cambridge, Mass. a nationally recognized practice with over 125 awards for design excellence. The building was constructed with local New England labor and managed by Suffolk Construction of Boston, Massachusetts. One of the most successful privately held building contractors in the country, the company provides pre-construction, construction management, design-build, and general contracting services to clients in all major industry sectors.
Both the new and current corporate offices will accommodate present and expected future growth over the next 10 to 15 years. The four-story building features a full service, 24/7 live person contact center, foreign exchange, member check imaging, processing and control, finance, marketing, community rooms, conference rooms, and departmental and executive offices.The three community rooms will be offered for use by local city government, not-for-profit organizations and other community-based associations to help with the growing need for meeting space in Portsmouth and nearby towns.
The design embodies Service Credit Union’s values of service to the citizens of New Hampshire, its members, its employees and the credit union’s commitment to environmental stewardship, says Simmons.The design incorporates a variety of efficient systems and sustainable design features that will minimize the building’s energy use while creating comfortable and highly functional work spaces.
Some of the green elements include a light color roof to reflect sunlight and produce heat gain, geothermal heating and cooling, solar hot water heating and reduced water usage.
Our goal from the beginning was to use American materials and labor in constructing our new environmentally sound Service Credit Union Corporate Offices, says Simmons.
This new building expands Service Credit Union’s footprint in the area. More than 55 years ago, the credit union began at Pease Air Force Base as the Portsmouth Air Force Base Federal Credit Union to serve military and civilian employees there.
This rich history is represented in the credit union’s museum at the new building. The museum rooms chronicle Service Credit Union’s growth from its roots at Pease.
Caption: Portsmouth Mayor Eric Spear, right, holds the ribbon as Service Credit Union Chair Barbara Roberge and New Hampshire Governor John Lynch make the cut marking the official opening of Service Credit Union’s new corporate headquarters on Lafayette Road in Portsmouth Friday. Board of Director member Clifford Taylor, left, looks on.