Article by Jim Baker | Photographs by David Weaver
Austin, Texas – January 20, 2016 – Amplify Credit Union, one of the leading banks in central Texas, has broken ground on its new flagship location. Located at 2800 Esperanza Crossing in the Domain area, it is slated to open in the fourth quarter of this year and will replace the existing Brockton flagship branch, originally opened in 1985.
The new, 9,000-square foot building will be a full-service facility with a drive-thru, ATM access, and the usual Amplify focus on member satisfaction. With a design by Mente Sowell Architects of Austin, the construction will be overseen by Austin Canyon Corporation, the general contractor on the project. It is intended to be a very energy efficient, eco-friendly building.
As a credit union, Amplify has an obligation to their members to keep an eye on costs. According to Senior Vice President of Operations Nancy Ballman, this construction project is budget neutral. “By selling the Brockton building, we were able to pay for the land and the cost of construction. Our members deserve a new building.”
The branch will be managed by Heather Kallas with Bobbie Phillips serving as assistant branch manager. They are the same team that has made the Brockton location a pleasant place to transact business.
“Being at Esperanza Crossing will give us more exposure,” Kallas and Phillips agreed. “We’ve got a new, fresh look that people are really going to like.”
“This was originally scouted as an ATM site,” said Amplify board member Sam Robertson, “but with the growth in this area, we decided that this was the place to be.”
“This represents the culmination of two years of hard work,” said John Orton, Chief Financial Officer for Amplify. “We are excited to be a part of the greater Domain project, Austin’s second downtown.”
“It’s an historic day for Amplify as we have not built a branch from the ground up since we opened our Pond Springs location in 2002,” added Executive Vice President Kendall Garrison. “We are surrounded by growth here with as many people working within five miles of this location as there are within five miles of the center of downtown Austin.”
“The Domain is the center of the action,” said Willie Everett, Chairman of Amplify’s Board of Directors. “We look forward to being a good neighbor, helping people where they live and work.”
In keeping with Amplify’s dedication to community outreach and involvement, the new branch will include a meeting room with a 100-person capacity which is available free of charge upon request.
“Scouts, AA groups, churches, job fairs – anyone is welcome to use it,” said Orton. The space is also available to Amplify members who need to host a meeting, and it is available beyond regular banking hours.