Chattanooga's Southside to be home to 'one of the first 3D-printed building facades in the world'

Tennessee Valley Credit Union branch features unique wave design printed by Branch Technology

Staff Photo by Matt Hamilton / A construction crew adds another panel to the facade at the new branch location for Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021.

As one of Tennessee's biggest and oldest credit unions with more than 158,000 members, the Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union has printed millions of checks, bank statements and tax forms in its 85-year history.

But in the past five months, TVFCU has teamed with a Chattanooga robotics and design company to also print part of its newest bank branch.

The new Southside office being erected at 125 West 20th Street is the first-ever building to use a 3D-printed exterior using a patented cellular fabrication method developed by Branch Technology. The 207 unique blocks that form the facade of the new TVFCU branch were prefabricated by 3D laser printers by Branch Technology to feature the wave design and appearance of the credit union's logo.

"With this new technology, the facade of this building is very unique and innovative and very much fits in this community on the Southside," said Todd Fortner, president of the Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union which hopes to open the new drive-thru branch by May.