2019 Design Award

Riverways Federal Credit Union ITM Canopy Cuba, Missouri
Honorable Mention

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Architect:  Archer-Elgin
General Contractor:  Jim Becker Construction

This is the first prototype for a stand-alone drive-up interactive teller machine (ITM) canopy for Riverways Federal Credit Union.  The challenge for this project was figuring out how the credit union could enter new markets without investing in a traditional building.  To accomplish this goal, we relied on three strategies:  new technology, a novel structure, and eye-catching graphics.

Implementing new technology was key in breaking away from the conventional brick and mortar financial branch concept.  Enter the interactive teller machine (ITM) that connects customers to a live teller with a video screen.  With this new technology, nearly any financial transaction traditionally completed in a branch is now possible from a drive-through lane.  Additionally, we employed networked lighting and signage controls so the entire operation can be managed remotely.

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With new technologies in place, our next strategy was to develop an innovative approach to an otherwise everyday structure — a drive-through canopy.  Typically drive-through canopies are strictly utilitarian structures with no desire to draw attention to themselves.  This new structure reinterprets the Riverways' logo as a series of curved, tapered glue-laminated arches as the supporting elements for the canopy.

Lastly, the challenge of making an impact with a very small foot-print was resolved with eye-catching graphics.  Curved LEDs highlight the canopy, and an abstraction of the wave logo glows as the base of the monument sign.