By Julie Lynem — jlynem@thethetribunenews.com

RRM Design Group has opened an office in Santa Maria.

The office will allow the San Luis Obispo-based multi-disciplinary design firm to better serve its northern Santa Barbara clients and become part of a community it has worked with since the firm’s founding in 1974. Two people will work out of the Santa Maria office, with more to follow as that office grows.

Its location in Santa Maria, at 1862 S. Broadway, Suite 101, is part of a broader expansion plan for RRM Design Group, which has seen double-digit growth for more than a year in the residential sector. That growing market includes luxury homes, single-family neighborhoods, and multi-family, both affordable and market-rate housing, as well as senior housing.

The firm has been actively involved in a host of residential, commercial and other projects in Santa Maria, including Trilogy at Rice Ranch, Waller Park Sports Fields, Santa Maria Downtown Specific Plan, Allan Hancock CollegeLibrary Media Technology Center, Lavigna at Westgate Ranch, Pacific Crest Estates, Mission Creek Village, Mission Creek Village Mission Lagoon Restoration, La Ventana and Somerset Gardens.

“RRM also saw the potential in the Santa Maria Valley, with its diverse economy and many growth sectors such as technology, agriculture, commercial, energy and manufacturing,” said Erik Justesen, president and chief executive officer of RRM.

In San Luis Obispo County, RRM is currently involved in a variety of residential and commercial projects, including the IQMS headquarters in Paso Robles, Serra Meadows in San Luis Obispo, MindBody headquarters in San Luis Obispo, SESLOC Federal Credit Union headquarters campus in San Luis Obispo, and Mission Estates neighborhood.

RRM has an office in San Clemente and recently opened a field office in El Segundo with a goal of better serving its growing Los Angeles market. It plans to move into the central Orange County area later this year.

RRM has 73 employees and is recruiting more. Sixty-three employees work in San Luis Obispo and 10 in San Clemente.

The firm is “mindful to take carefully considered steps” in its expansion plans, said Justesen. But the improving economy and a recovering private sector is good news for the practice, he said.

“We are fairly cautious in our investments,” he added. “Having said that, we are confident in the economic trends we measure. Our broad platform of both public and private clients and multi-discipline services along with good geographic reach has positioned us for a solid and strong comeback.”