The remodel and expansion of GRANCO Federal Credit Union’s Ephrata Branch is nearing the halfway point of construction. GRANCO will occupy the facility and serve their members throughout the project. As soon as the addition is ready for occupancy the credit union will move their operations out of original building allowing work to start on the remodel of the 19-year-old portion of the building.

Baker Construction, who broke ground on the project in April 2014, was the lowest responsible bidder with a bid of $1,234,137. Designed by The Driftmier Architects, the project consists of an extensive remodel to the 2,893 sf existing branch, a 2,368 sf new addition and revision to bring the 2,800 sf basement into FEMA compliance. The project is located at 217 SW Alder Street in Ephrata, WA.

According to Driftmier’s Project Manager, Arnold Morrison, the finished facility will provide more dedicated office space, a new board room, new storage and staff work areas, and a larger more open transaction area. The exterior will soon be upgraded with stone veneer and Hardi-Plank siding accented by heavy wood timbers, giving the building a Craftsman feel. The roof will be raised to make way for a new 30′ clearstory that will bring much needed natural light to the center of the building. The entrance will be changed to provide a grander, more inviting presence into the building. Site work includes new curbs, heated sidewalks, parking lot resurfacing, landscaping and an upgrade of the infrastructure.

The new addition has been fully enclosed from the elements and final interior work is being completed. It is scheduled to receive a Temporary Occupancy Permit in mid-August. The Credit Union will then move their operation into the addition so construction on the remodel of their original space can commence. Construction for the entire facility is scheduled to be completed in late November.