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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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RRM CEO selected as a “Who’s who in Clean Tech & Sustainability”

The Pacific Coast Business Times (PCBT) annually names the “Who’s Who in Clean Tech & Sustainability” for the tri-county area (San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura). RRM’s CEO, Erik Justesen was once again named to this list.

The PCBT uses this list to recognize the regional leaders in alternative energy, green building and sustainable practices.


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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Los Angeles Regional Fire Station 82 – Annex Facility, receives LEED® Silver Certification


Located in Hollywood, the Los Angeles Regional Fire Station No. 82, new Annex building provides support for Station 82 and the Northern part of Los Angeles by housing specialized emergency equipment and provides the fire department and the Hollywood neighborhood with a community meeting space. Sustainable features includes 30% water reduction, optimize energy performance, diverted 75% of construction waste from the landfill, 10% of all materials used are recyclable and regional to the LA area and California. All building materials are low-voc and contain no added urea formaldehyde.

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RRM wins Waterfront Center Award for Surfers Point

RRM recently won a project honor award for the cobble garden design element of the Surfers’ Point Managed Shoreline Retreat located in Ventura, California at the Excellence on the Waterfront Award Program put on by the Waterfront Center. The award was given out in Davenport, Iowa and was accepted by RRM Project Manager, Tony Keith.


Hermosa Beach nationally recognized for its commitment to create safe, accessible streets

From The Beach Reporter:

The National Complete Streets Coalition ranked Hermosa Beach among the top cities in the nation for its “exceptional work” in developing and adopting “Complete Streets” policies to ensure its streets are safe for users of all ages and abilities, provide easy pedestrian and transit access, incorporate sustainable features and create an attractive and inviting environment, said Mayor Kit Bobko.

The National Complete Streets Coalition, which researches and advocates for improved community development through the adoption and implementation of Complete Streets policies, ranked Hermosa Beach No. 2, behind Indianapolis, out of nearly 130 cities that adopted Complete Streets policies last year.

Low-Impact Development and Why It’s Important to Your Project

by: William Strand, PE, QSD

Whether you are a developer or a public agency, your upcoming project will likely be required to comply with the State Water Resources Control Board’s (SWRCB) new site design, runoff reduction, numeric treatment, retention and hyrdromodification requirements. These requirements are being implemented through local Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB) Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permits.

The requirements call for the use of low-impact development (LID) techniques such as bio-retention, flow-through planters, infiltration trenches, grass filter strips, downspout disconnection, cisterns, green roofs and other methods that have space and cost impacts on your project. The RWQCBs are also beginning to implement hydromodifictaion controls. Hydromodification occurs when drainage patterns are modified, pervious surfaces are paved and vegetative cover is removed. Hydromodification tends to reduce base flows in streams and rivers, increase peak flows and alter sediment supply. In controlling hydromodification, the RWQCBs are attempting to mitigate the impacts of development on streams and rivers.

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Adapt, Rebuild and Carry On: Coastal Cities Face a Rising Tide

by: Tony Keith, RLA

Viewing news footage of the devastation in the wake of Hurricane Sandy this past winter and witnessing firsthand the recurring storm damage from El Nino conditions here on the West Coast, it is clear to me that our coastal cities are increasingly at risk. Whether you accept the science of global warming, or the premise that we are just in a natural cycle, the answer is the same: we must prepare in advance and implement strategies to address a new set of criteria for planning and building along our shoreline or suffer devastating consequences.

Development along the waterfront is set in an extremely dynamic context that is dramatically changing within our lifetime. Few coastal locations host more diverse activities in one place than along our coastal city waterfronts; commerce, industry, recreation, man-made environments and natural beauty all intersect in this unique setting. With critical infrastructure increasingly at risk, we have clear choices to make, new questions to ask and new solutions to seek.

Sea levels have risen about 8 inches in the past 100 years and are projected to rise as much as 55 inches by the end of the century as stated in an analysis prepared for three California state agencies. The Pacific Institute estimates that 480,000 people, a wide range of critical infrastructure, vast areas of wetlands and other natural ecosystems, and nearly $100 billion in property along the California coast are at increased risk from flooding due to sea-level rise if no adaptation actions are taken.

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RRM Design Group Receives Prestigious Charlie Award by the Hollywood Arts Council

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.

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Los Angeles Fire Station No. 82 Recieves Award from the USGBC C4 Chapter

RRM’s work on the Los Angeles Regional Fire Station No. 82 received the 2012 Green School/Green Government Award from the USGBC C4 Chapter. The C4 Chapter includes San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties.

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