DNCU and Los Alamos County officials toast the groundbreaking of the new facility Thursday at the corner of Rover Boulevard and N.M. 4 in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
Officials break ground Thursday morning on the new Del Norte Credit Union at the corner of Rover Boulevard and N.M. 4 in White Rock. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
DNCU CEO/President Chuck Valenti welcomes the crowd to Thursday’s groundbreaking event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
Officials, credit union staff and community members gathered Thursday morning to celebrate the groundbreaking at the site of the brand new Del Norte Credit Union (DNCU) in White Rock.
Los Alamos County Councilors James Chrobocinski and Rick Reiss, Chamber Manager Nancy Partridge and Economic Vitality Administrator Greg Fisher joined DNCU CEO/President Chuck Valenti, the DNCU Board, as well as the project architect and builder to mark the occasion.
The new White Rock branch will be constructed on the vacant SE corner of Rover Boulevard and N.M. 4, directly across the road from where a leased branch currently resides. Designed to complement the DNCU Los Alamos branch with buff and red stucco and stacked stone, the new White Rock branch also will feature a powerful curved stone wall, paying tribute to the area’s rich Pueblo culture. In contrast, sharp geometric forms that reach skyward are a contemporary nod to the technological heritage of the area.
The new 3,000-square-foot branch will be a full-service faciilty with four teller stations, two drive-thru lanes, ATM service, night deposit drop box service, safe deposit boxes, and local lending offices. The White Rock team will continue to serve the community, making it a seamless transition. Along with all DNCU branches, the new White Rock branch will be a member of the Co-op shared branching network and will welcome the business of other credit union members.
“We are excited and proud to strengthen our presence in White Rock,” Valenti said. “The building of our own branch reinforces our commitment to the area—which dates back to the formation of the original credit union in 1954.”
DNCU Supervisory Committee Chairman Roger Stutz echoes Valenti’s sentiment saying, “The time seems right to augment our commitment. We will continue to invest in the communities we serve, especially right here in the roots of Del Norte.”
DNCU is ranked this year as one of the Top 200 Healthiest Credit Unions in the U.S. by DepositAccounts.com. Its longstanding history with White Rock members dates back to the mid 1970s. Investing in a new branch, rather than continuing to lease space for the branch, strengthens DNCU’s commitment to White Rock members.
Chartered in 1954, DNCU is dedicated to helping its members achieve their financial goals by being a trusted source of unbiased financial advice. Today DNCU serves more than 40,000 members throughout New Mexico.
Los Alamos County Councilors James Chrobocinski, left, and Rick Reiss, right, commend DNCU officials for their commitment to the community. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
DNCU CEO/President Chuck Valenti, center, with credit union staff Thursday at the groundbreaking event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com
Rendering of new Del Norte Credit Union in White Rock. Courtesy/DNCU