Metal Aids Mind and Body Connection
Metal wall panels and exposed structural steel support
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,
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
According to Mike Scott, LEED AP, manager of architecture at RRM
Design Group, the headquarters provides a working environment that
supports the health conscious, energetic and hard-working
atmosphere of the company, which values the connection of mind and
body as one, and its software products support that vision.
"The headquarters is a place for people," Scott says. The first
floor features meeting rooms, collaboration spaces, an exercise
room, daycare facility for employee's children and full-service
café. "Each of these spaces carry the theme of exposed steel
structure as a familiar building component throughout," he
The second floor is the open working platform for the employees.
"The floor is connected throughout with open visual connection
across the entire floor," Scott explains.
"The space is surrounded by windows, skylights and clerestories
that provide daylight, connection to the environment and direct the
eye upwards to the sky. The glass-and-steel atrium is the center of
the building with a light, up-reaching roof that seems to float,
elevating the mind as the body ascends up the central open stairway
surrounded by the peaceful interior vegetation."
MINDBODY wanted to use the building plaza for company-wide
gatherings. However, Scott says the area has a strong prevailing
wind that affects these gatherings. "The building was designed to
protect the plaza from the wind by shielding it with the arms of
the building extending out around the plaza," he says.
In looking for a contemporary and inspirational building to
match its role as the leading global online marketplace for
wellness services, MINDBODY was inspired by tech companies
throughout the world. Scott Martin, LEED AP, design director at RRM
Design Group, designed the headquarters to feature a sweeping
butterfly roof that defines the entry and serves as the focal point
between the two large building wings.
"An exposed roof structure and structural system speaks truth in
the simplicity of what a building is," Scott says. "Steel columns
with exposed metal bar joists display the beauty of the structure
without need of cover. The system is efficient, cost effective and
attractive with the background of the brightly painted MINDBODY
To break up the mass of the two simple, but large wings of the
facility, the building is clad in both metal siding and stucco.
"The metal siding reflects the warmth of the company's signature
orange color and gray, combined with large expanses of glass,
creating a modern look suited to the burgeoning tech company,"
On either side of the entry, metal wall panels provide a durable
finish in a high-traffic area, while also providing a strong anchor
for the entry tower. "The horizontal rib further provides a
gradient of light when illuminated at night near the entry," Scott
At the clerestory sloped roof that protrudes from the center of
the building, metal wall panels capture the northern light, where
Scott says the corrugated metal lines emphasize the horizontality
and energy of the building as it is viewed from the public street.
To emphasize the durability of the building and its high-tech feel,
metal wall panels are also used at the soffits of the bridge and
Sales Manufacturing Corp., Louisville, Ky., supplied 25,000
square feet of 24-gauge VLine 32 ribbed metal panels in Terra Cotta
for the project. The metal wall panels were selected for their
contemporary look and long-term durability, as well as
While seeking LEED Silver certification, Scott says the MINDBODY
headquarters is currently tracking closer to LEED Gold
certification. Using a combination of LED fixtures and lighting
goals, the project has reduced lighting power by nearly 73 percent.
The building has a high-efficiency building envelope with R-19
walls include additional exterior rigid insulation, an R-30 roof
and high-performance glazing. Based off of ASHRAE 90.1, the
building's standard energy consumption has been reduced by 38.74
percent. Additionally, there are 10 electric car charging stations
and preferential parking for carpool, vanpool and fuel-efficient
MINDBODY Headquarters, San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Owner: NKT Commercial, San Luis
Lessee: MINDBODY, San Luis Obispo
Architect: RRM Design Group, San Luis Obispo, www.rrmdesign.com
General contractor: J.W. Design and Construction,
San Luis Obispo, www.jwdci.com
Structural engineer: Taylor & Syfan
Engineers, San Luis Obispo, www.taylorsyfan.com
Metal fabricator: Templeton Steel, Paso Robles,
Metal installer: Interface Manufacturing Inc.,
Paso Robles, Calif., (805) 238-5034
Curtainwall/storefront: Kawneer Co. Inc.,
Norcross, Ga., www.kawneer.com
Metal wall panels: Metal Sales Manufacturing
Corp., Louisville, Ky., www.metalsales.us.com