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Coastal Plans 3 New Branches

RALEIGH, N.C.-Coastal Federal Credit Union said it will break ground on the first of three new branches it is planning for this year. In the process, CFCU said its members can look forward to "an entirely new and innovative line of technologically advanced branches in 2003.

The interactive, self-service cyber branch will soon offer members high-tech teller machines, two-way audio/video connections and touch screen financial theaters while continuing to provide personal and comprehensive customer service."

The new, 6,200-square-foot facility was designed by Architektur, PA, Raleigh, NC.

2 Branches Open In Albertson's

FT. WORTH, Texas-EECU here has opened two branches inside Albertson's grocery stores, bringing to nine the number of branches operated by EECU (see photo, page 1). The CU is planning two more such branches for 2003. The in-store facilities were designed and built by International Banking Technologies (IBT), a retail branch design/build and performance consulting company, based in Atlanta.

"Building in-store branches versus traditional brick and mortar branches has allowed us to save approximately 75% in building expenses," said Chief Planning and Development Officer Cindy Baker.

The credit union said the in-store branches have allowed it to extend hours of business. For info: www.intbantec.com.

AmeriChoice To Build Headquarters

MECHANICSBURG, Pa.-AmeriChoice CU said it plans to build a new office in nearby Upper Allen Township where it plans to move its headquarters. Construction on the $3-million facility is slated to begin next spring and be completed next January. Offices for the $77-million ACU are currently located in its Silver Spring Township branch, which will remain open when the new facility comes on line.

Emick, Howard & Seibert Turns 25

SEATTLE-Emick Howard & Seibert, Inc., a full-service architecture, interior design, and strategic facility planning firm, is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Jack Emick and Mindy Howard founded Emick Howard & Associates in late 1977, offering interiors and space planning services.

In 1992, Emick Howard & Associates merged with Paul Seibert & Associates, founded in 1985, to become Emick Howard & Seibert, Inc. (EH&S). Today, the principals are Mindy Howard, Jack Emick, Paul Seibert, Brett Conway, and Jim Haack. At the merger, the firm expanded to include architecture and now encompasses full-service strategic planning, retail design, and move management, as well.

For info: 206.223.4999 or www.ehs-design.com.

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