RRM Design Group adds Traffic Engineering Services

RRM Design Group is pleased to announce the expansion of their engineering services with the addition of traffic engineering. As a multi-discipline design firm comprised of civil engineers, structural engineers, landscape architects, architects, planners and surveyors, RRM recognized the demand for this service would fit seamlessly into their structure and compliment the other services they provide.

As a licensed Traffic Engineer with over 32 years of traffic, rail and transportation engineering experience, Alfred Yalda will be leading this new service for RRM. Prior to working in the private sector, Alfred served as Principal Traffic Engineer with the City of Anaheim’s Department of Public Works for over 17 years, and the City of Los Angeles’ Department of Transportation for 5 years. Alfred’s experience includes: traffic safety improvements for at-grade railroad crossings, advance preemption studies, traffic safety and parking studies, traffic calming studies, pedestrian, bicycle and school safety studies, traffic signing and striping plans, traffic control plans, traffic circulation and development site review. He has been instrumental in various safety improvement projects for at-grade railroad crossings, including coordination with multiple railroads, municipalities, Port Authorities and State Regulatory Agencies.

Mike Sherrod, Principal and leader of RRM’s San Juan Capistrano office stated, “I am extremely excited to bring on Transportation Planning, Traffic Engineering, and Rail Engineering to better serve our growing client base with an expanded suite of engineering services.”

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From Here to There: The Future of Mobility

On March 13, 2017, RRM Design Group hosted an APA panel discussion on the topic of “The Future of Mobility.”

In less than twenty years, our transportation systems will undergo disruptive and transformative changes. Some of these changes will be great for sustainability and personal mobility. Some may inadvertently increase driving or induce sprawl. The Future of Mobility presentation and discussion, held at RRM Design Group in San Luis Obispo, started a dialogue regarding the future of transportation – the possibilities, realities, hidden impacts, and considerations – and how we (those shaping the built environment, i.e. planners, engineers,etc.) can be proactive in shaping the changes to support community objectives.

Presenters Michael Boswell and William Riggs, with California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and Debs Schrimmer with Lyft, presented introductory thoughts, opening the discussion to the future of transportation and its effects on the built environment and necessary human behavior changes.

This event was presented by the Central Coast Section of the American Planning Association (APA).

Who’s Who in Commercial Real Estate and Construction

Three RRM architects, Lenny Grant, Detty Peikert, and Randy Russom were recently honored with the “Who’s Who in Commercial Real Estate and Construction” by the Pacific Coast Business Times for the tri-county region (San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura).

RRM Featured in Metal Architecture Magazine

Metal Aids Mind and Body Connection
by Marcy Marro, Editor Metal Architecture Magazine

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Metal wall panels and exposed structural steel support company’s vision

As MINDBODY, a business management software company, began growing in both the clients it serve and the size of its staff, it became apparent a new headquarters was needed to anchor its campus of existing offices in San Luis Obispo, Calif.

Founded by Rick Stollmeyer, CEO, in 1998, MINDBODY serves the needs of health, wellness and beauty professionals around the world. The company provides services, which include web scheduling tools, automated marketing and point-of-sale processing for small businesses such as yoga studios, fitness centers and spas.

San Luis Obispo-based RRM Design Group developed the master plan concepts for the 60,000-square-foot, two-story headquarters and four-story parking garage. A large entry plaza functions as an outdoor meeting space for the entire campus. Inside, upper floor walkways overlook the atrium lobby, a high-volume space with comfortable seating. Iconic architectural features sit along the main entry drive to help identify the campus, which also includes landscaped pathways that connect the existing and new office buildings.

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APA California Conference Presentations

RRM Design Group presented two sessions at the recent APA California Conference:

Barn Raising in the Burbs
Link to document: barn-raising-in-the-burbs-small
Presented by Martha Miller and Josh Cross
Novel Strategies for growing food and cultivating community through urban farming.

Stimulating Urban Density and Managing Traffic Congestion Scenarios Post-CEQA Standards for Vehicle Miles Traveled
Link to document: urban-density-traffic-congestion-small
Presented by Lisa Plowman


Work starting on Twin Lakes beachfront improvements

From the Santa Cruz Sentinel:

Work starting on Twin Lakes beachfront improvements.


SANTA CRUZ >> As 75 people in cars, on bikes and on foot swarmed Twin Lakes State Beach on Thursday morning for the groundbreaking of a 10-month project to improve the beachfront, the scene was chaotic.

That’s what this $4.7 million investment is about, providing safe access to a short but very important piece of the 1,271-mile California coastline.

A sidewalk. Bike lanes. Organized parking spaces. Shoring up a street that is foundering as the sand erodes. All next to a picture-perfect beach location by the Santa Cruz Harbor, home to some of the city’s most popular restaurants, which by the way will stay open during construction.

Emcee for the event was county Supervisor Ryan Coonerty, whose father Neal started the project when he was supervisor.

The father’s advice to the son after his 2014 election: “Get Twin Lakes done.”

Working with homeowners in the area, finding funding and getting approvals from local, state and federal agencies, made the project complex. More than 80 individuals and agencies were involved, according to longtime county staffer Betsey Lynberg, who shepherded the project.

That took time — a lot of time.

“It’s been around 20 years,” said Terri Locke Carroll, 70, who lives around the corner and was new to the neighborhood when the discussions began.

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RRM Design poised for $300k city vision project

From the Los Altos Town Crier:

RRM Design poised for $300K city vision project

Los Altos city staff recommended that the city council award RRM Design Group of San Luis Obispo the contract to consult with the city on its downtown visioning process.

The contract – capped at $300,000 – was up for discussion at Tuesday’s council meeting, after the Town Crier’s press deadline.

City staff selected RRM after reviewing eight bids to consult on the visioning process that began in late February. Councilmembers stated at a Feb. 23 meeting that their goals were to develop at least three scenarios representing different levels of development in downtown Los Altos and to engage the community in the process.

RRM’s proposal includes a collaboration with M-Group to solicit community feedback and with Land Econ Group for economics consulting. RRM officials said M-Group conducted “extensive outreach effort” for a similar project in downtown San Mateo.

In documents sent to the city, RRM representatives defined the group as “devoted to community-based planning that engages the public in a meaningful way and produces a vision that all embrace.”

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Join us on a historical tour of the Arroyo Seco

RRM Principal, Jami Williams, will be moderating an APACA Conference Mobile Workshop #22 – The Art, Architecture and History of the Arroyo Seco

Tuesday, October 25 from 7:45 to 11:45 am

If you have already registered you can go back and sign up separately for a mobile workshop via this link:

If you have not registered for the conference you can visit:, within the registration you will have the option to sign up for this mobile workshop.

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APWA 8th Annual Training Seminar

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Plan for West Newport improvements goes before Planning Commission on Thursday

From the LA Times:

Additional bike lanes, trees, shrubs, enhanced crosswalks, benches and lighting in West Newport Beach are among several improvements outlined in the area’s proposed master plan, which will be considered by the city Planning Commission on Thursday.

In January, the city began developing the West Newport Mesa Streetscape Master Plan in conjunction with San Juan Capistrano-based RRM Design Group, which specializes in surveying, architecture and urban planning. The idea is to unify elements of the neighborhood through sidewalk, parkway and landscape improvements that encourage pedestrian and bicycle use, according to a city staff report.

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