Press Release (RedEnergyPR.com)
Ent Credit Union, Colorado’s leading credit union, has announced plans to develop a new, 300,000+ square-foot headquarters in northern Colorado Springs on more than 20 acres of land at The Campus at Foothills Farm, a La Plata Communities development near
I-25 and Interquest Parkway.
With the new facility slated to open in 2021, the headquarters will support the growth of Ent’s back-office staff from approximately 500 employees to as many as 1,100 over the next 7-10 years. The headquarters will house Ent’s centralized operations, including: call center, consumer and mortgage lending, information technology, finance and accounting, human resources, member experience, administration and executive teams, among others. Today, Ent owns and leases space for its back-office operations at its current headquarters, which spans three buildings at I-25 and Woodmen Road in Colorado Springs.
“We are excited that Ent is expanding its headquarters in Colorado Springs. This investment is essential to support their statewide growth, and these high-quality jobs contribute to our region’s economic vitality,” said President and CEO of the Colorado Springs Chamber and EDC, Dirk Draper. “The Chamber & EDC recognizes the extensive work that goes into a location decision like this and have been happy to assist in this process. Ent has been a strong corporate citizen for more than 50 years, and we’re pleased this will continue long into the future,” said Draper.
Ent’s new headquarters project is a collaborative effort between the credit union, land developer, La Plata Communities, development manager, Shea Properties, general contractor GE Johnson Construction Company, core and shell architect, Davis Partnership Architects, and interior design architect, Acquilano. Development of a new headquarters is part of Ent’s long-term strategy to provide exceptional service to its members and employees as the credit union continues to experience strong membership and asset growth.
In 2018, Ent’s membership grew by 11.4% with the credit union now serving more than 336,000 members throughout Colorado. The credit union added six new service center locations along the Front Range in 2018, including their Promenade location near The Outlets at Castle Rock and their newest location inside the Park Meadows Mall. In October, the state of Colorado’s Division of Financial Services approved the addition of six Colorado counties to the credit union’s field of membership. The newly approved counties include Adams, Boulder, Broomfield, Elbert, Larimer and Weld Counties.
“Although we have more than 30 service centers located along the Front Range, Colorado Springs has been the home of Ent’s headquarters for more than 60 years,” said Ent’s CEO, Chad Graves. “Maintaining our credit union’s headquarters in Colorado Springs is an investment in the long-term economic health and vitality of the city that we’re proud to call home.”
Plans to break ground on the development are slated for mid-2019.
About Ent Credit Union Founded in 1957, Ent Credit Union is a different kind of financial institution, committed to improving members’ financial quality of life and returning value through better rates, lower fees and Ent Extras®cash rewards. Colorado’s leading credit union, Ent has more than $5.5 billion in assets, more than 330,000 members and more than 30 convenient service center locations along the Front Range. In 2018, Forbes’ inaugural “Best-In-State Credit Unions” survey ranked Ent #1 in the state of Colorado. As a not-for-profit, community-chartered credit union, Ent’s membership is open to businesses and individuals who live, work, worship or attend school in Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, El Paso, Elbert, Fremont, Jefferson, Larimer, Pueblo, Teller and Weld counties. Ent is an Equal Housing and Equal Opportunity Lender, federally insured by the NCUA.
About La Plata Communities
La Plata Communities, Inc. ("La Plata") is now in its 21st year of Master Planned Community development. La Plata is the developer for the Briargate Master Plan including Cordera, North Fork at Briargate, Pine Creek and Briargate residential communities, and the Briargate Business Campus and Briargate Crossing. Briargate has become one of the largest and fastest growing areas in the northeast section of Colorado Springs, encompassing more than 9,600 acres and establishing itself as one of the most viable residential areas in our community. Additionally, La Plata is the master developer of The Farm, a 450-acre mixed-use project in north Colorado Springs. The Farm is a legacy property held since 1947 by the Allison family. La Plata's vision for incorporating The Farm's neighborhoods into over 140 acres of open space within the community will maintain a sense of the Allison family's Foothills Farm's past. La Plata is also developing land parcels surrounding Lake Woodmoor in Monument, Colorado.
About Shea Properties Shea Properties is a diversified real estate development company operating in Colorado, California and Washington. Shea Properties is responsible for the acquisition, design, development, construction and asset and property management for a diverse portfolio of real estate including business parks, mixed-use environments, office buildings, retail centers and apartment communities. Shea Properties has extensive ownership portfolios in each of these categories and also advises on developments for corporate ownership. Shea Properties has specialized in the development of office buildings and corporate headquarters buildings developing over five million square feet of office in Colorado since the mid 1990’s.
About GE Johnson Construction Company
For more than half a century, GE Johnson Construction Company has been dedicated to enriching our communities by leading and building projects with the best people and ideas. The company embraces the power of ingenuity and trusting relationships, and values integrity, safety, collaboration, and excellence. GE Johnson is headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado with offices in: Denver, Colorado; Vail, Colorado; Jackson, Wyoming; and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
About Davis Partnership Architects
Davis Partnership Architects provides comprehensive project planning, design and management services to institutional, corporate, governmental and private clients. As one of the most prominent multi-disciplinary design firms in the Rocky Mountain West, their professional staff offers a full scope of architectural services as well as master planning, landscape architecture, interior design, lighting design and environmental graphics/signage. The firm’s diverse skills attract commissions for a wide range of building types at a national level, with particular expertise in commercial, mixed-use, healthcare, higher education, residential and cultural facilities. An interdisciplinary approach drives our talented staff of 175 architects, landscape architects, interior designers and graphics talent to work cooperatively as a single team. They strive to understand each client’s unique needs, and then respond with design solutions that successfully integrate the building, its site and interiors into a singular, sustainable solution. For more information please visit: www.davispartnership.com
Founded in 1986, Acquilano is a Denver-based full service design studio of passionate creatives who specialize in workplace interiors. Acquilano’s team of architects and interior designers, led by engaged Principals, is dedicated to creating environments where distinct brands, personalities, purpose, goals, and culture will thrive. Acquilano has completed projects in more than 30 states for many of Colorado’s top companies including DaVita, Northwestern Mutual, Janus Henderson, Comcast, JACOBS, and now Ent Credit Union! Acquilano is a member of One Global Design, an international design network with more than 900 professionals internationally.