Hawaii State Federal Credit Union and NewGround Win

BIA Renaissance Design Award Recipient


CHESTERFIELD, Mo., December 5, 2017–NewGround, a St. Louis-based experiential design-build firm, congratulates Hawaii State Federal Credit Union (FCU) for receiving the prestigious Design Award from the Building Industry Association (BIA) for their Hawaii Kai branch. Each year, BIA’s Renaissance Building & Remodeling Awards recognizes excellence in the building and renovation industry. The project was judged on creativity, sustainability, functionality, interior space, material used, overall quality, principals of design, value, visual appeal, and workmanship.


©2017, David Franzen


Recognizing the importance of modernizing their branches, Hawaii State FCU partnered with NewGround as their partner for the Hawaii Kai branch remodel. This newly renovated 2,780 square foot branch was thoughtfully designed to showcase an open plan by creating full-height modular wall systems for the offices to bring in natural light throughout the space while also providing privacy. As part of the design, the way the space was staffed changed by implementing a new experiential universal banker platform. In place of the traditional teller line, a low profile ‘cash bar’ removes the conventional barriers between members and tellers, providing a more personal touch. A technology bar was implemented for staff to assist members in understanding how to navigate their website, to complete mobile deposits, and receive paperless statements on the device they prefer.

“As the design-build partner for the Hawaii State Kai branch, it was an honor to be recognized as the design award recipient by the Building Industry Association for our work with the credit union,” said Kevin Blair, President and CEO of NewGround. “By designing a modern and technology-forward approach to this branch, the freshly renovated space reflects their unremitting commitment to their members and the community.”


©2017, David Franzen


About NewGround

NewGround is the industry thought-leader in strategy, innovative design, and project management, and has been for over 100 years. We help financial institutions master the power of their space to create the next generation workplace and retail solutions. At NewGround, we are driven by our core values of: Serving Others, Excellence, Innovation, Collaboration, and Communication. Headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, NewGround maintains corporate offices in Chicago, Illinois, Honolulu, Hawaii, and Waterloo, Ontario, with a regional presence throughout the U.S. For more information, visit NewGround at www.newground.com.


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