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UCU breaks ground on new headquarters in downtown Orono

Rendering of UCU’s new headquarters in downtown Orono. Photo and rendering courtesy of WBRC Architects ∙ Engineers
Rendering of UCU’s new headquarters in downtown Orono. Photo and rendering courtesy of WBRC Architects ∙ Engineers
Posted Sept. 06, 2013, at 3:23 p.m.
Last modified Sept. 28, 2013, at 1:50 p.m.
Town of Orono officials and University Credit Union (UCU) team members break ground on the new UCU headquarters at the corner of Bennoch and Main Street in Orono on Friday, Sept. 6.
Town of Orono officials and University Credit Union (UCU) team members break ground on the new UCU headquarters at the corner of Bennoch and Main Street in Orono on Friday, Sept. 6.

ORONO, Maine — University Credit Union celebrated Friday the groundbreaking of its new headquarters and retail branch at the corner of Main Street (Route 2) and Bennoch Road in Orono.

The 18,000-square-foot UCU building, designed and engineered by WBRC Architects, will house a UCU retail branch with drive-through services, 24-7 ATM service, business account services, administrative offices and technology center. Space will also be available for additional tenant use.

The UCU building will serve as a community landmark in Orono, a town that is home to University of Maine System’s flagship campus. A clock tower will be an aesthetic and functional centerpiece, and a public plaza will provide an inviting, outdoor space for tenants, customers and local residents.

The design blends harmoniously with local architecture, says project manager and architect Kris Kowal, of WBRC Architects.

“The redevelopment of this site carefully situates itself within Orono’s historic urban fabric while simultaneously merging contemporary notions of color, form and smart energy-efficient design. The result is both sophisticated and engaging,” Kowal says.

The 1.8-acre site redevelopment is a joint project of University Credit Union and Town of Orono, which provided parking and infrastructure. Seventy-six parking spaces will be created for UCU members and general town use.

The development will greatly enhance Orono’s business district and serve as a focal point for the community, says WBRC Civic and Commercial Studio Director Robert Frank.

“It has been WBRC’s pleasure serving UCU and the Town of Orono to bring the vision of our client and the community together in a location that is front and center at the heart of Orono’s downtown,” Frank said.

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