PORTSMOUTH, N.H. – Service CU is offering the public free tours of its new 100,000-square-foot headquarters built with the latest environmental technology, including geothermal heat exchange, displacement ventilation and other systems that reduce energy usage and provide healthy work environments.

The $2-billion credit union is offering tours Saturday, Oct. 13 and Sunday, Oct. 14. MP3 players will be available or visitors can download the tour on their smart phone using a QR code. Visitors can sign up for membership and take advantage of exclusive on-site-only special promotions.

The four-story building was built using strategies intended to improve performance in energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction and improved indoor environmental quality. Some of LEED elements of the building include skylights, geothermal heating and natural sunlight.

The structure was designed by the architectural firm of GUND Partnership of Cambridge, Mass., and the general contractor was Suffolk Construction of Boston.

The offices feature a full-service contact center, foreign exchange, member check imaging, processing and control, finance, marketing, community rooms, conference rooms, and departmental and executive offices. The three community rooms will be offered for use by local city government, not-for-profit organizations and other community-based associations to help with the growing need for meeting space in Portsmouth and nearby towns. A museum documents Service CU’s history.

The outside features walking trails, pavilion lunch area and expansive landscaping, the credit union said.


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