Guardian Credit Union - Front Elevation - Designed by Foshee Architecture


Banking Branch

Greenville, AL

3,650 SF

Vaulted Ceiling with Heavy Timber Trusses, in a Contemporary, Southern Vernacular


Guardian Credit Union is a project that created a new credit union branch in Greenville, AL. The design promotes a contemporary, southern vernacular. In addition, the space is professional, while being personable and welcoming.

Firstly, the exterior is a mixture of stone, lap siding, and cement board panels. These materials reflect the region well. A stone front provides a central entry into the credit union. In addition, metal awnings provide interest over the windows. Also, exterior lighting highlights key areas of the building. Finally, different paint colors help to express different portions of the building.

On the interior, the design features a central teller station with a floating ceiling above. Offices along the perimeter provide a private work area for employees. Moreover, a large waiting area, work bar, and meeting room allow customers a place to relax.

The design locates the break room, safe, and restrooms discretely at the back of the branch. In addition, the remote teller station eliminates the need for a teller window. This allows convenience for both the customer and employees. Also, the drive through houses a customer ATM under the canopy.

Moreover, the interior features a central, vaulted ceiling with load bearing heavy timber beams. The dark stain applied to the timber beams allows them to stand out against the light ceiling and walls. Lobby walls are finished in a ship lap siding, painted white. In addition, sliding barn doors allow privacy for the offices. Further, workers polished the concrete floors to provide a unique look and feel. Flat screen televisions in alcoves replace traditional print advertising. Finally, the light fixtures and hardware is black finished and industrial in style.