New Gesa branches break ground

Gesa Credit Union broke ground Thursday on two new Tri-City branches.

One will be on the northwest corner of North Road 68 and Sandifur Parkway in Pasco. The second will be at Duportail Street and Kennedy Road near Gold's Gym in Richland.

The design and size of both buildings is the same as the Gesa building in south Kennewick at 4500 W. 27th Ave., said Gesa officials.

Each will cost about $2 million, including sales tax.

The new Pasco building will replace an existing branch in a retail center also along Road 68.

Both branches will incorporate environmental sustainability in their construction and operations, said officials.

They will be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified facilities, Don Miller, Gesa interim president and CEO, said in a news release.

"We have been providing outstanding member service throughout Eastern Washington for the last 60 years, and the opening of these branches extends our ability to provide the convenience that our members have come to expect," said Miller. "When we choose to build a new branch, we give careful consideration to location. We have selected these locations in west Pasco and south Richland based on the feedback we have received directly from our members."

Both locations should be open by early 2014.

The new branches will bring the total number of Gesa offices to 13 in the Tri-Cities, Walla Walla, Wenatchee and East Wenatchee.

For more information on the credit union, go to www.gesa.com.