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May 6, 2022


Photo courtesy of Zak Stone Photography
The new Maps Credit Union project in Salem features open lounge seating.

Maps Credit Union administration building

Location: Salem

Contractor: Mid-Valley Construction

Architect: Anderson Shirley Architects

Team: International Union of Painters and Allied Trades; Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters; CWallA; GTS Interior Supply; L&W Supply; Spears Construction Supply; Armstrong World Industries; ClarkDietrich/Vinyl Corp.; Clinch-On Cornerbead Co.; DeWalt; Fry Reglet Corp.; Grabber Construction Products; Hamilton Drywall Products; Hilti; Scafco Steel Stud Co.; Trim-Tex; USG Building Systems

Maps Credit Union is a local, community-focused credit union that serves Marion and Polk counties. It was founded in 1935 during the Great Depression by a group of dedicated teachers volunteering their time to provide resources for other educators, school district employees and Willamette University faculty. Although this organization has an immense amount of history investing and engaging with local residents, it continues to create new opportunities for its members.

When the credit union made the decision to invest an immense amount of capital into a new facility to further expand its reach into the surrounding communities, Mid-Valley Commercial Construction was fortunate enough to partner with it in this endeavor. The new facility, located in the heart of downtown Salem, was constructed to become the main administration building for Maps Credit Union. This houses staff, community engagement programming and educational seminars.

This building features large, open lounge seating, private meeting rooms and even an in-house coffee shop. Other highlights include radius cloud wood ceilings, an impressive lobby with a grand stairwell, and an outdoor break area on the second floor. The impressive level of detail and quality of finishes are not the most distinctive aspect of this building. Arguably the best part of this building is the significant impact it is sure to have in the community.

The biggest challenge facing this project was the COVID-19 pandemic. This was one of the first projects Mid-Valley Commercial Construction completed during the pandemic. Completing Maps Credit Union in a safe and timely manner while juggling extended material lead times due to manufacturing shutdowns, evolving policy decisions, and coordinating work around other trades was a challenging experience that made this impressive project all the more meaningful.

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