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Work starting on Twin Lakes beachfront improvements

From the Santa Cruz Sentinel:

Work starting on Twin Lakes beachfront improvements.

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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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Sapwi Trails a priority for CRPD chair

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From the Thousand Oaks Acorn:
By Andy Nguyen, andy@theacorn.com

Longtime American Youth Soccer Organization coach and referee Chuck Huffer is eager to kick off his first term as chair of the Conejo Recreation and Park District’s board of directors.

Huffer was selected chair by his fellow board members at their Dec. 17 meeting. The term lasts one year.

“I’m excited about doing this. I’ve been on the board now for 3 ½ years and had the chance to work with some really fine board members,” said Huffer, who takes over for departing chair Ed Jones.

A priority under his chairmanship will be the continued progress of Sapwi Trails, Huffer said.

Although the 145-acre park in the Lang Ranch area isn’t expected to fully open until 2018, a disc golf course and an area for flying motorless glider planes is planned to be in operation sometime in 2016.

In November the CRPD approved a contract amendment with San Luis Obispo-based RRM Design Group to begin drawing up construction plans for the parcel of land that’s bordered by Erbes Road, Avenida de Los Arboles and Westlake Boulevard. Once the park is completed it will include miles of multi use trails, a track for mountain bikes and a playground area.

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Meet two unique skateboard parks: One is a work of art, the other is… nirvana

From the LA Times: http://www.latimes.com/travel/la-tr-d-skateboarding-slo-20150809-story.html

SLO Skatepark is a dream come true for skaters who have tired of the monotonous white-on-white concrete landscape of most skateboard parks. The $2.2-million skatepark, funded in part by a $25,000 grant from the nonprofit Tony Hawk Foundation, it is large and features many creative elements.

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RRM Announces New Principal

Lief McKay has recently been named a principal at RRM Design Group.  As a member of RRM’s landscape architecture team, Lief brings his extensive knowledge, portfolio, and encouraging leadership style to his new role.

Lief started with RRM as a summer intern and after graduating college was asked to join the landscape architecture team. Lief has spent his 17 year career at RRM Design Group building an extensive portfolio of projects for both public and private clients, in a diverse range of project types including parks, trails, and open space, fire stations and residential projects. Lief’s excellent design and technical skills are complemented by his expertise at project management and community outreach.

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Balboa Village Revitalization Program wins APA Award

The City of Newport Beach won a 2015 Award of Merit in Economic Planning and Development for the Balboa Village Revitalization Program from the Orange Section of the American Planning Association (OC APA).

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MINDBODY expands San Luis Obispo Headquarters

MINDBODY recently celebrated the expansion of their San Luis Obispo headquarters. MINDBODY employees over 850 people, with that number expected to grow in the coming years. Their new facility increased their size by 60% adding 64,000 square feet.

RRM developed the master plan concepts for the 64,000 sf headquarters, featuring a large entry plaza that functions as an outdoor meeting space for the entire campus. Upper floor walkways overlook the atrium lobby, which is a high-volume space with comfortable seating areas. In addition to providing open office areas for workgroups, the building also includes a full-service café, multi-purpose meeting rooms that open out to the plaza, and a day-care facility for employees’ children.

The main entry drive for the campus includes iconic architectural features to help identify the MINDBODY campus. The site also includes landscaped pathways that will connect existing and new office buildings.

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Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail Network Master Plan wins AEP Award

The Santa Cruz County Transportation Commission, along with RRM Design Group, W-Trans, and Rincon Consultants, , received the Outstanding Planning Document award for the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail Network Master Plan at the AEP conference in Santa Barbara on March 23rd.

The Monterey Bay Sanctuary Scenic Trail Network is planned to be a transportation, recreation, and interpretive bicycle and pedestrian pathway network that spans the entire coast of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, from the northern part of Santa Cruz County to Lovers Point in Pacific Grove, Monterey County. The Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission hired RRM Design Group to prepare a multi-phased bikeway trail alignment and design study. The study aligns the trail along the Union Pacific Railroad right-of-way and provides coastal access or coastal viewing opportunities, where possible. The study provided significant public involvement and outreach, topographic mapping, GPS control surveys, a preferred route and design, preliminary trail engineering, cost analysis, and environmental CEQA clearance.


Morro Bay Celebrates Groundbreaking of Harborwalk Extension

A large crowd gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Morro Creek Multi-Use Trail and Bridge project this week. The project will connect the downtown waterfront to North Morro Bay by providing a path for pedestrians and bicyclists. The project will include viewing areas, stone seat walls and bicycle and surrey parking.

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Celebrating 40 Years

On November 26th, RRM Design Group celebrated our 40th year in business. Starting with just four employees, we have since grown to a professional staff of over 100 in offices in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and San Juan Capistrano. We capped off a year of celebrations with a party at our San Luis Obispo office for our clients, consultants, special guests and staff. Thank you to all who attended, and  to all who have helped to make the last 40 years a success.

Please watch this video which was created to celebrate the people, projects, places and culture of RRM Design Group:


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