North Syracuse: The first of its kind

SECNY Federal Credit Union, located at 3819 Route 11, boasts the first enclosed drive-thru teller lanes and ATM in America. The enclosed lanes are part of the building's newly redesigned features, completed by Schopfer Architects, LLP and renovations completed by the Hayner Hoyt Corporation. Originally, the building and property were part of Burdick Lexus.

"Our ability to blend traditional high quality service, value and innovation has allowed us to implement long term initiatives," said President and CEO Walter Bobesky. "As Central New York's community credit union, we remain focused on education, the needs of our members and building a better life one household at a time."

The enclosed drive-thru has an advanced exhaust system that automatically starts when carbon-monoxide levels become too high. But the drive-thru is only one of the new features that the building offers. A wide-open lobby, a self-serve coffee bar and coin counting machine add to the uniqueness of the building.

The lobby features a fireplace that is the focal point of four "cozy-overstuffed chairs" according to a press release by the company. A wall-mounted flat-screen TV rests above the fireplace.

On the other side of the lobby is a showroom of sorts. The wide-open lobby allows for display opportunities. National brands such as Enterprise Car Sales and Starbucks, along with local businesses, Shane Gatto Custom Cycles, Sport-Mann Suzuki and Aramatic vending have placed products in the showroom. Shane Gatto Custom Cycles put a custom chopper on the floor. Sport-Mann has a snowmobile on display and self-serve "quarter cup" coffee is available, thanks to Aramatic vending. Next to the coffee bar is a coin-counting machine and a brand new Ford Mustang from Enterprise is the centerpiece of the whole area.

You could literally walk into the credit union, grab a cup of coffee, check out a vehicle, finance it there and drive out of the building.

Furthermore, as part of the "going green" effort, SECNY incorporated the "green" elements wherever possible according to the company. Energy efficient lighting, Shred-It recycling containers and the use of optical imaging are just some of the features that help to reduce energy and supplies.

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