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ColoradoWyoming associations in new headquarters
DENVER (6/3/08)--The Credit Union Associations of Colorado (CUAC) and Wyoming (CUAW) have moved to a new headquarters building in Denver, occupying a fully renovated 1929 historic structure just four blocks from the Colorado Capitol.
The Credit Union Associations of Colorado and Wyoming have moved to a new headquarters building in Denver, occupying a renovated 1929 historic structure just four blocks from the Colorado Capitol. (Photo provided by the Credit Union Associations of Colorado and Wyoming)
The move culminates a multi-year effort by the associations to improve the visibility of the credit union movement. “When I was hired in 2004, the board of directors of the Colorado association put this move high on our agenda, and for obvious reasons,” said John Dill, president/CEO of CUAC/CUAW. “Our old headquarters in Arvada was a great facility when it was opened in 1972, but it no longer addressed two of our critical missions--advocacy and visibility.” The new facility will answer both of those needs while still providing the necessary parking and on-site training at the facility, which credit unions have come to expect from their statewide trade associations, Dill said. The new facility is also “right-sized” for the needs of CUAC/CUAW in the 21st century--containing approximately 23,000 square feet, or roughly half the size of the old facility in Arvada. “When we had functions such as check and item processing and office supplies, we needed that extra room in the suburbs,” Dill said. “In 2008, we need to be close to our elected officials and able to easily brand credit unions as the preferred financial service provider in our two states.” Known as the “Casa Grande” building, the historic 1929, four-story structure reflects an architectural design by Denver architect and master builder Walter H. Simon. The facility was Class C office condos before it was purchased by the credit union group. An old underground parking garage has been renovated and will be used as a state-of-the-art training facility, which will be named “The Sterner Center,” after Bill Sterner, the recently deceased chairman of CUAC. The building is owned by Credit Union Strategic Partners (CUSP), the league service corporation that services both Colorado and Wyoming. The cost of the renovation was paid out of the reserve funds of CUSP. “The associations offered old furniture, shelving, file cabinets and supplies to the credit unions in Colorado and Wyoming, and several smaller ones took advantage of that offer,” said Dill. The old facility has been sold to an investor and will be occupied by a charter school. The associations will plan a grand opening later in the summer, and will host VIPs and other credit union leaders at the facility during the Democratic National Convention in Denver in August.


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