An artist's rendering of a new Coast Capital headquarters beside the King George SkyTrain station in North Surrey.

Coast Capital moves HQ to City Centre

Credit union CEO says the new building `defy and re-define what a corporate head office looks and feels like'

Coast Capital Credit Union is moving its head office to Central City next to the King George SkyTrain Station in a yet-to-be built nine-storey tower of unique design.

Coast Capital has signed a contract with PCI Developments Corp. for the construction and leasing of about 70 per cent of the approximately 180,000 square foot building, with a targeted late 2015 completion date.

Coast Capital’s “Help Headquarters”, as the new head office will be called, will join buildings such as the Central City Tower and City Centre Library that have established Surrey as the home for some of the province’s most groundbreaking modern architecture and an attractive location for businesses.

“Coast Capital is excited not only to continue its presence in Surrey, but to further expand our business footprint in the city, with the upcoming construction of our new City Centre head office,” said Tracy Redies, Coast Capital Savings president and CEO. “We went through a meticulous and thoughtful selection process and of all the sites explored, Surrey emerged as the best choice. Surrey was chosen not only because it is the fastest growing city in the province and a top destination for business, but also because of the longstanding relationships we have built here over the years.”

Redies said the fact that 70 per cent of Coast Capital’s staff currently working out of its Guildford head office and Central City administration office live south of the Fraser River was also a key consideration in the city’s selection. Locating the head office near to the King George Skytrain Station, a major transit hub, will also provide excellent commuting options to staff, Redies said.

Dan Turner, executive vice president, PCI Developments Corp., said Coast Capital’s new Surrey head office will be a LEED Gold Certified, cutting-edge architectural concept by Musson Cattell Mackey Partnership, designed to portray a dynamic and distinct visual and physical representation of Coast Capital’s brand. He said there are plans for three further phases of commercial and residential development on the site.

Redies said Coast Capital deliberately wanted to move away from a conventional head office concept for its new location and chose the name Help Headquarters to align with the credit union’s mission to provide “simple financial help” to customers.

“In many ways, our new location will defy and re-define what a corporate head office looks and feels like, both on the outside and the inside,” Redies said. “To reflect our organization, we went for an innovative and progressive design, while maintaining simplicity. The interior will also be quite different, with no individual offices and more collaborative work space.”

Coast Capital’s new headquarters, which will be shaped by the credit union’s promise to change the way employees feel about work, forever, will be the antithesis of a traditional corporate head office. Intended to be a “cool place and space” for employees, the iconic building will display a state-of-the-art, open-concept design aimed at fostering collaborative work and innovation. It will include a daycare, with preferential enrolment for children of staff; a roof-top lunchroom and deck; a fitness facility and corporate university. As part of its environmental features, Coast Capital’s Help Headquarters will include expanded bike storage and showers for bike commuters as well as plug-in spots for electric cars.

Coast Capital Savings Credit Union is Canada’s second largest credit union with total assets under administration of $13.5 billion, 475,000 members and 50 branches in the Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley, and Vancouver Island regions of British Columbia.

 

Just Posted

Surrey Board of Trade fears SkyTrain expansion will impede other transit needs

‘We need transit improvements in all of Surrey,’ Anita Huberman says

Public hearing set for two Surrey modular housing projects for homeless

Surrey council set to vote Monday on projects in Guildford, Whalley

North Delta Secondary teacher up for B.C. education award

Prabhjot Grewal is up for a Premier’s Award for Excellence in Education in the Outstanding New Teacher category

Publication ban lifted on transgender complainant’s name in Surrey waxing dispute

Jessica Yaniv filed 13 discrimination claims against salons, one in Surrey, based on gender identity

Rich the Vegan scoots across Canada for the animals

Rich Adams is riding his push scooter across Canada to bring awareness to the dog meat trade in Asia

Recall: Certain Pacific oysters may pose threat of paralytic shellfish poisoning

Consumers urged to either return affected packages or throw them out

How a Kamloops-born man helped put us on the moon

Jim Chamberlin did troubleshooting for the Apollo program, which led to its success

Sexual harassment complaints soaring amid ‘frat boy culture’ in Canada’s airline industry

‘It’s a #MeToo dumpster fire…and it’s exhausting for survivors’

How much do you know about the moon?

To mark the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing, see how well you know space

Body, burning truck found near northern B.C. town

RCMP unsure if the two separate discoveries are related

Former Fernie Ghostrider re-signs with Vancouver Canucks

Josh Teves has signed a two-year contract with the NHL team

Couple found dead along northern B.C. highway in double homicide

Woman from the U.S. and man from Australia found dead near Liard Hot Springs

Most Read