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Upstate Federal Credit Union Selects CBI to Design and Build New Branch

October 28th, 2022

Anderson, SC based Upstate Federal Credit Union, established in 1965 as Orr Mill Credit Union and renamed a federal charter in 1993, has chosen Consultants and Builders, Inc. to design, build, and furnish a new prototype branch located near the LaFrance Industries Division of Mount Vernon Mills and facing Clemson Boulevard/Highway 76.  The new branch will be the second branch built by CBI for the credit union and will utilize Teller Pods, interior and exterior ITM’s, marketing and digital displays, and timeless furnishings. The unique exterior design of this 3,600 square foot, free-standing branch will echo the traditional architectural lines found at many of Upstate’s existing branches while incorporating transitional design elements to maximize visibility and marketing opportunities.  The design includes three drive up lanes with a traditional drive-up window as well as advanced ITMs for members. The efficient design lowers construction cost, while the integration of advanced technology maximizes operational efficiency and return on investment. Ultimately the long-term goal is to incorporate some of the newer design and finish elements of the Pendleton branch at Upstate’s existing branches. We look forward to the collaboration, and further progress with Upstate Federal Credit Union to ensure their strategic growth initiatives are a continued success.

Consultants and Builders, Inc., based in Peachtree Corners, Georgia, was selected to provide design services, architecture, interior design, engineering, furnishings, construction, and equipment. CBI has a proven track record of handling small and large projects for over 36 years across a large geographic area and provides full project management services while using local subcontractors.

San Antonio Citizens Federal Credit Union – Operations Center Pizazz

October 20th, 2022

As the weather finally gave much of Florida a needed respite, San Antonio FCU enabled Consultants and Builders to take some well-deserved professional photographs of the interior and exterior of their new Operations Center.


Excitingly, SACFCU has again partnered with CBI. The next two projects will be focused on the renovation of their Main Office and Zephyrhills Branches. Echoing a strong vision of continued growth as well as service to its members and the community, the credit union invests in its future.


Citizens Bank and Trust – Main Office and Branch Renovation

October 7th, 2022

In conjunction with exterior Signage, parking, lighting, and landscape updates, Construction Documents are progressing toward permit set for Trenton, Georgia’s Citizens Bank and Trust regarding the renovation of their existing Main Office and branch. The 1980’s original building has good structure and exterior scale, so the focus is primarily on creating a more centralized entrance to the location, a façade update, as well as interior finish and lighting upgrades.

The project will begin construction in late 2022, carry into early 2023, and provide a revitalized environment for employees and customers alike. CBI looks forward to the collaboration with Citizens B&T.

Alabama ONE – New Chantilly Branch & Northport Branch Renovations

September 29th, 2022

Construction Documents are progressing toward permit set for Alabama ONE’s prototype Chantilly Branch in Montgomery, Alabama (see image), and the full renovation of their existing Northport Branch. Both locations will have drive-up ITM kiosks similar to models that have been implemented at other Alabama ONE branches. These projects will begin construction in late 2022 and carry into early 2023 and provide a vibrant and enjoyable environment for Members and employees alike. The efficient design will ultimately lower construction costs, while the integration of advanced technology maximizes operational efficiency and return on their investment.

CBI looks forward to further collaborations with Alabama ONE, their Team, and great work culture!

Robins Financial Credit Union – Athens Branch Lighting Retrofit Complete

September 29th, 2022

Graced with both good weather and a collaborative Robins Financial Credit Union team, Consultants and Builders, Inc. has completed in less than two days the interior and exterior Athens branch lighting retrofit. The work was completed during as well as outside of normal operation hours to ensure a fully functioning branch remained accessible to members.


Our retrofit services offer energy efficient, innovative lighting solutions. Lighting upgrades provide better quality illumination along with short-term and long-term, savings through rebates, tax incentives, lower energy and maintenance costs.


CBI looks forward to further collaborations with Robins Financial Credit Union, their Team, and great work culture!

CBI completes new ITMs Kiosks for Associated Credit Union at Dobbins Air Reserve Base Branch

September 29th, 2022

Consultants and Builders, Inc.  has recently completed the installation of two NCR Interactive Teller Machines at Associated Credit Union’s Dobbins ARB branch. CBI also installed a monument sign for better brand identification and representation for members. Site lighting was also added for afterhours use since the new ITMs are available for members outside normal business hours.

Echoing the original sentiments when the project idea was generated, Michael Huff, VP of Retail Services at Associated Credit Union noted “We believe that this type of drive thru service will be beneficial to the Dobbins ARB community for a number of reasons: Extended service hours, an additional access point for funds (going from one ATM to two ITMs), additional security – Members would not need to get out of their vehicles to utilize the ITMs, and innovative technology to facilitate timely transactions and offer what today’s Member is looking for; convenience as well as the ability to speak to a live associate to assist with more complex transactions without going into the branch.”

CBI looks forward to our next collaboration with Associated Credit Union in the renovation and reopening of a number of smaller downtown Atlanta microbranches shuttered during Covid.


CBI always followed through with what they said would be done and when they said it would be done. I would highly recommend CBI to any company looking to design and build a financial institution.
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