Tom W. Meiklejohn, III AIA Architect

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Fond du Lac Credit Union, established in 1954 has had 4 main branch locations prior to the construction of this new facility. The last main branch, a remodeled restaurant completed in 1995, became too small for the growing membership and the services that today’s credit union needed to provide.

A search for a new site occurred, but it was decided to build at the current location due to its high traffic and visibility adjacent to the East Frontage Road and Hwy 41. Thus the new structure was designed to fit the parking area “in-front” of the existing building, which remained in operation during construction and subsequently removed.

The owners requested the use of local “Fond du Lac contractors and materials” for the construction. They were also concerned about the “front door image” and to use “green-design” elements where possible. Thus, a stair tower was designed which faces the frontage road and covered with a veneer of local Eden/Oakfield stone-blend as a back-drop to a new sign and logo, also designed to coincide with the new interior color and material schemes.

The two-story Lobby space has an open airy feeling with ample daylight. Indirect cove lighting was used to accent the vaulted second level ceiling.  New “pod” teller units were designed with oval tops to emulate the new logo background. This “oval accent” was used in the floor tile and carpet design patterns throughout the building along with earth tone colors of the paint and furniture materials.

The building and site design have a noted Silver Level (35 point) LEED rating, although the application was not completed due to cost restraints. 

New Building for

Fond du Lac Credit Union

Fond du Lac, WI

March 2011


Fond du Lac Credit Union


10,395 S.F.


Design through construction administration. Furniture, fixture and equipment coordination.

General Contractor

Capelle Bros. & Diedrich, Inc.