STCU To Ground-Break New Spokane Valley Branch | Business
Expected growth in Spokane Valley is one reason Spokane Teachers Credit Union (STCU) will be starting ground-breaking at their new branch near University High School this Thursday at 10 a.m. Their new location at 13211 E. 32nd is scheduled to open later this year and will be the second branch in Spokane Valley and their 15th for the credit union. Dan Hansen, STCU community relations says the building, contracted by Baker Construction & Development is being designed to meet U.S. Green Building Council's standards for LEED Gold certification for sustainable building and development practices.
In Spokane Valley, only two other buildings have certification for LEED. It stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. It's an internationally recognized green building certification system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in March, 2000. The 2nd Spokane Valley STCU branch will join Mountain Gear and Spokane Valley Waste Management with a LEED Gold certification. In Spokane County, only one other building surpasses the Gold certification and that's the Saranac Building on Main Ave. in downtown Spokane.
"STCU is committed to sustainability. For instance," Hansen says, "Our Liberty Lake Branch was built to meet LEED Silver standards. And the current remodeling of our Liberty Lake headquarters building is being done partly to reduce our energy requirements, with features such as highly efficient heating and air conditioning system and a roof that will reflect heat in the summer while conserving it in winter. I think you will see that all our future projects are designed with efficiency in mind."
The Spokane Valley branch, designed by Nystrom+Olson Architecture, will feature elements of craftsman styling that are familiar throughout the Spokane area.
More Information: To find LEED certified buildings in your area, go to USGBC and search by your city, county and/or state.