PROCON, Maugel DeStefano Celebrate ‘Wall Smashing’ for Northeast Credit Union’s New HQ

Northeast Credit Union rendering

Dover, NH – Northeast Credit Union’s senior leadership team and board members, along with Dover Mayor Robert Carrier and executives from PROCON’s design-build team, Maugel DeStefano Architects, Tidemark, Kane Company, and law firm Sheehan Phinney, recently gathered for a “wall smashing” ceremony at the credit union’s future corporate headquarters at 100 Education Way in Dover. During the event, participants had a first look at renderings and designs before taking sledgehammers to walls to mark the start of the demolition process.

Breakroom rendering

The relocation of the existing headquarters, located at 100 Borthwick Ave. in Portsmouth, is part of the organization’s ongoing growth strategy and is designed to enable Northeast Credit Union to better serve its members and employees. The new 100,000sf Dover location is a central site for most of its over 400 employees and provides access to major roadways and transportation options. The new headquarters will offer state-of-the-art facilities and amenities throughout the 4-story building, including employee training rooms, a cafeteria, fitness center, outdoor spaces, car charging stations, and nearby walking and biking trails.

Chris Parker

“We are thrilled to unveil the relocation of our corporate headquarters to the vibrant city of Dover,” said Chris Parker, president and CEO of Northeast Credit Union. “As our purpose-driven credit union continues to grow, this pivotal move underscores our commitment to attracting and nurturing exceptional talent. The cutting-edge facility represents a milestone in our journey, providing our dedicated team members with an environment designed to promote inclusion, communication and collaboration, amongst many other things, while empowering our team to enhance our service to our valued members and the communities we proudly serve.”

In July of 2022, Maugel DeStefano Architects partnered with Northeast Credit Union to provide guidance during the site selection process, and Maugel DeStefano recently completed the design renderings of the interior transformation for the new headquarters. After conducting in-depth programming and collaborative envisioning sessions with each department, several key design influences came to the forefront: a strong emphasis on incorporating natural light, prioritizing employee well-being, optimizing a hybrid work model, and fostering collaboration and creativity.

Northeast Credit Union wall smashing – speakers

The property is being sold by Tidemark and Kane & Co. development team, while PROCON is the architect and design-builder for the exterior renovations. The exterior of the building underwent a complete transformation by PROCON’s team, who incorporated new materials and expansive windows to reflect the unique New Hampshire vernacular. The future plans will also capture the beauty of the natural surroundings by incorporating trees and plantings, outdoor seating areas, corporate gardens, and access to the nearby walking paths.

Lee Schafer, Northeast Credit Union SVP and COO

“It has been a pleasure to collaborate with Northeast Credit Union and PROCON on the design of the credit union’s future headquarters,” said Jennifer Ferreira, director of interiors at Maugel DeStefano. “Our interiors team approached the design with a biophilic mindset, exploring the connection between humans and nature, and selected natural materials that harmonized with the landscape, creating an organic, modern aesthetic.”

The new headquarters is expected to be fully operational by early 2025.

Mayor Robert Carrier

“We are excited to welcome Northeast Credit Union to Dover,” said Carrier. “The company’s relocation is a testament to the strength of our community and commitment to attracting and supporting innovative and mission driven businesses. We look forward to working with Northeast Credit Union to help assist with growth, job creation, boost the local economy and support the communities they serve.”

“Tidemark is thrilled to welcome Northeast Credit Union to our Education Way Campus in Dover,” said Eben Tormey, partner of Tidemark. “Tidemark’s Community Minded Purposed Built mission aligns with Northeast Credit Union’s commitment to help communities thrive through the elimination of food insecurity, access to affordable housing, and support of education. We look forward to working with Northeast Credit Union and our long-standing partners, the Kane Company and PROCON to deliver a first-class headquarters for Northeast Credit Union in this idyllic setting along the Cocheco River.”