RRM Architect, Randy Russom, was featured on the “Your Home” segment of the KCOY morning show, Wake Up Central Coast. Randy talks about when to bring an architect on board for your remodel or new home project.
In a fresh take on home tours, the American Institute of Architects’ Santa Barbara chapter has organized an event Oct. 5 highlighting low-income housing as well as affordable rentals for people with special needs.
The self-guided tour of multi-family housing, single-family urban infill, mixed-use and live-work designs in Santa Barbara includes:
- Casa de Las Fuentes, a 42-unit affordable housing complex with courtyard style studio and one-bedroom units by Peikert & RRM Design Group.
- The recently completed Bradley Studios, 52 Craftsman-style studio apartments designed for people with special needs.
- Ensberg Jacobs Design Architects’ addition to a 100-year-old Craftsman.
- The restoration of the 1926 Vhay-Pedotti Residence and Studio by Peter Becker Architects.
- Thompson Naylor Architects’ Victoria Garden Mews, which incorporates green systems.
- AB Design Studio’s adaptive re-use of old warehouse-style buildings in the Funk Zone.
- A 1,500-square-foot house on a narrow lot on Carrillo Street designed by James Gauer, with Bildsten + Sherwin as architect.
- The live-work Yanonali Lofts by TCMC/Mayer Architects.
- El Carrillo, 61 single-occupancy affordable apartments for the formerly homeless and near-homeless by Cearnal Andrulaitis.
- The Loop, an award-winning, mixed-use student housing project near UC Santa Barbara, by DMA/Mayer Architects.
- A classic 1920s Spanish-style bungalow remodeled by Ensberg Jacobs Design.
- Antioch University Urban Campus, designed by Kupiec Architects.
RRM recently attended the groundbreaking ceremony for The Vistas at Pismo Village. This lively mixed-use project sits in the heart of the town of Pismo Beach and captures the “village theme” for the residential and commercial components of the development. Pismo’s eclectic styles are a trademark of this Central Coast community and this project draws from its surrounding coastal beach neighborhood. The Vistas’ architectural styles of California craftsman, seaside modern and early California all contribute to an overall project theme of past, present and future to bring to life the concept of various structures being developed over time. The Vistas includes 32 townhome residential units; half of these are detached on individual lots, the other half attached on individual lots. The three-story townhomes average +/- 1,500 sf of living space. Residence parking is both attached and detached. In addition the commercial component along busy Wadsworth Avenue provides 5,800 sf of retail space and parking with a 1,000 sf residential manager’s apartment above.
By: Scott Martin, LEED AP, Associate
I love Sunday night dinners with my family; it’s a great opportunity to slow down and remember what’s important in life. But a year ago I found myself in a not-so-unique situation. After dinner one evening as my wife put our son to bed I drove across town to return my mother-in-law to her assisted living ”home.” We love that grandma is nearby to see her grandson grow up and be a part of our lives, however her need to give up driving and limited space in our home results in us having to taxi grandma back and forth to accomplish that goal. Deciding we had had enough, we made the decision to move in together, and set off looking for a “multi-generational house.”
After months of searching we became very discouraged at the lack of options available to suit our needs. My wife and I wanted to maintain our social life, and her mom values her privacy just as much as we do, so simply moving into a four- or five-bedroom house was not going to provide the independence we desired. Around the same time, we had clients coming to RRM asking for multi-generational housing plans as options in our housing projects. This combination of experiences led me to research the latest trends in multi-gen housing and see how those could be adapted for the Central Coast lifestyle we love so much.
San Luis Obispo design firm, RRM Design Group (RRM) recently announced they will be joining forces with Peikert Group Architects (PGA), a Santa Barbara based architecture firm. PGA is a recognized leader in the design of high quality market-rate and affordable multi-family housing, senior housing, mixed use, and commercial projects along the South Coast of California. The firm has received over sixty local, state and national design awards.
Recognizing the economy is showing consistent signs of strength with increased opportunities for growth in the Architecture and Engineering industry PGA and RRM believe the time is right to join forces. A merger will present significant benefits for current and future clients by providing a stronger depth of expertise in a variety of professional design services at competitive rates. PGA clients will gain immediate access to RRM’s multi-discipline services and state-wide practice while RRM will reinforce its housing and mixed use portfolio and gain a strong market base in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.
By combining each firm’s unique expertise the new firm will be able to offer a greater range of services and skills to their collective client base. Erik Justesen, RRM Chief Executive Officer noted that the merger “capitalizes on each firms strengths and provides high value expertise to existing and future clients”
PGA will continue to operate in Santa Barbara as an RRM company under the name of Peikert +RRM Design Group.
San Luis Obispo Tribune: SLO’s RRM Design Group merges with Santa Barbara company
Santa Barbara Newspress: Peikert merges with SLO design firm
Santa Barbara Independent: Peikert Group Merges with San Luis Obispo Based RRM Design Group
Pacific Coast Business Times: RRM Design Group merges with Peikert Group Architects
Consulting-Specifying Engineer: Weekly merger, acquisition, deal update: July 12
Noozhawk: Peikert Group Architects Merges with San Luis Obispo Design Firm
SLO Business.com: Santa Barbara based architecture firm merges with RRM
Fire poles are an iconic symbol and historic component of fire stations. The “brass pole” is beloved to children from all over the world and instantly recognizable as a key feature of many, many fire stations. Times and designs of fire stations have evolved of the years from horse
However, now in the 21st century with the limited availability and high price for land for fire station locations the design of stations is changing. With less and more expensive land as the only option for locating new stations fire station design is changing, particularly in dense urban areas. While fire apparatus seem to get larger and larger and sites get smaller and smaller the natural response is to go vertical. This brings with it issues related to the use and safety of fire poles.
RRM recently attended the ground breaking ceremony for SESLOC Federal Credit Union. The new campus will be located on Broad Street in San Luis Obispo and will feature a 35,000 sf headquarters building as well as a 5,0000 sf branch with a 24-hour ATM service. The ceremony was attended by local leaders and community members.
San Luis Obispo, April 2013 – RRM Design Group (RRM), a multidisciplinary architecture, planning and engineering firm, practicing in San Luis Obispo for 40 years, was recently honored with a Charlie Award for Architectural Arts for the design of the Los Angeles Regional Fire Station No. 82, a LEED® Gold certified building.
The Charlie Awards are put on by the Hollywood Arts Council as a way to celebrate the arts and culture of Hollywood. Past winners in the Architectural Arts category include Paramount Pictures, Hollywood and Highland, Capital Records, Sunset + Vine, Eastman Kodak Co., and the Frances Howard Goldwyn Library. The event took place at the historic Blossom Room at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel this past Friday, April 5th. Other awards were given to Hudson Pacific for Preservation Arts, Capital Records for Public Arts, Theatre Arts was given to the Hollywood Fringe Festival, Environmental Arts was given to the Los Angeles Beautification Team, and the Couturier Gallery was given the Visual Arts Award.
From the San Luis Obispo Tribune:
MindBody, a growing San Luis Obispo-based software company, wants to expand its footprint by nearly 60,000 square feet on the south side of Tank Farm Road and hire up to 250 additional employees.
Plans for a two-story office building, a large outdoor plaza, and a four-level parking structure on a 3.5-acre site are circulating through the city’s Planning Department.
The new headquarters will be built to face the buildings the company already occupies to the east at 4051 Broad St. to create a campus setting. It will include a space for child care and cafeteria in addition to conference and work space. NKT Commercial will develop the building and lease it to MindBody.
Congratulations to RRM’s Mike Hutaff, he was named as a 2013 Emergent Leadership Award recipient for Architecture by the ULI Orange County/Inland Empire Chapter.
The Urban Land Institute (ULI) Orange County/Inland Empire Young Leaders Group announced the recipients of the 3rd annual Emergent Leadership Awards. Eight young leaders who demonstrated dedication to our industry and the ULI in 2012 were awarded last week at an event in Corona del Mar.
The YLG Emergent Leadership Awards celebrates outstanding professional achievement by young real estate professionals who epitomize the ULI YLG Mission: “To cultivate and engage ULI members, under age 35, who are the next generation of leaders, to innovate, effect and improve the future of responsible land use.”