Augusta VAH Federal Credit Union Grand Opening Ceremony and Open House
Augusta VAH Federal Credit Union held a grand opening and open house in celebration of their new branch and main office on January 21.
The new branch replaces one destroyed by fire in 2011, which ravished everything except the bank vault.
More than 75 credit union employees, members and friends were in attendance to witness credit union executives, board members, the Georgia Credit Union Affiliates and Howe Construction cut the red ribbon in front of the new facility.
“This event marked how truly blessed we have been to go from such a catastrophic loss as the fire we experienced, to the completion of this magnificent facility,” said Augusta VAH Federal Credit Union President and CEO Phyllis Cochran. “We are sincerely grateful for the overwhelming support, not only today, but throughout the past four plus years. This new facility will allow us to maintain the same personalized products and services our credit union is renowned for, while providing new, forward-thinking technology to our members.”
“Our management group and staff members are delighted to offer our membership this state-of-the-art building with its cutting edge technology,” said Augusta VAH Federal Credit Union Executive Vice President Brian Levins. “Howe Construction and their partners did an excellent job bringing to life the concepts and ideas we had in mind. Our main objective is to provide our current members and potential members with a facility that exceeds their expectations and represents our commitment to them and to our community.”
Catering at the event was provided by Berry’s Catering.
President Stan Howe of Howe Construction, the design-build firm that built the new branch, said the company was immediately on site the day of the fire.
“So we’re happy to help cut the ribbon for this new beautiful building for Augusta VAH Federal Credit Union and their members over four years later,” Howe said.
The location of the new 6,000 square-foot building provides improved street recognition and features a detached drive through canopy in addition to increased office and conference room space. The lobby includes a free-flowing space that integrates technology with personalized credit union member services.