Pioneer is headquartered at 1320 Kanawha Blvd. E. The cooperative has branches at 4802 MacCorkle Ave. in South Charleston, at Riverside High School in Belle, and at 1507 Main St. E. in Oak Hill.
The Teays Valley branch is the first Pioneer has built from the ground up. The branch represents an investment of more than $1.5 million in the community.
It will be Pioneer's showcase branch and serve as the model for future branches, Bradley said.
The exterior will feature natural stone, "to fit in with the natural setting," she said. "The roof will be our brand of blue. The vestibule will be glass, lit up at night. There will be a 30-foot tower that holds a three-dimensional compass that will be lit and rotate.
"We've worked hard with the construction company to make sure we have good forms of entry and drive-through to make it easily accessible," Bradley said.
Jarrett Construction Services Inc. of Charleston is general contractor. Structure First of Van Wert, Ohio, is project manager. Design Collaborative of Fort Wayne, Ind., is the architect.
Educator Virgil Summers established Pioneer in 1940 out of the trunk of his car. Originally known as the Kanawha County Teachers Credit Union, the name was later changed to the Kanawha County School Employees Federal Credit Union. From 1998 until 2002 it was known as the West Virginia School Employees Federal Credit Union.
In December 2002 Pioneer changed from a charter that allowed it to serve mainly teachers to a charter that allows it to serve anyone who lives, works, worships or volunteers in Kanawha, Putnam, Clay, Roane, Fayette or Greenbrier counties.
Pioneer has 13,000 members and $148.5 million in assets.
Contact writer George Hohmann at busin...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4836.