MindBody software company plans to expand its SLO headquarters

acornejo@thetribunenews.comApril 3, 2013 

A rendering by RRM Design Group of the MindBody building planned for Tank Farm Road in San Luis Obispo.

RRM DESIGN GROUP

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.

The expansion project will begin this year and is expected to be complete in late 2014, said Georgia Suter, media relations program manager. MindBody has 599 employees, 494 of those in San Luis Obispo. It is during the expansion that the company hopes to hire an additional 200 employees.

The project design includes a grassy knolled outdoor plaza designated as an area for employees to eat lunch and hold fitness classes, group meetings and other special events.

The four-story parking structure will have 390 spaces and is slated to be built at the rear of the property. A pedestrian bridge would connect the second story of the structure to the balcony of the headquarters.

A preliminary traffic study indicated that a traffic signal on Tank Farm Road, the main access driveway to the property, would be needed as more than 100 trips would be generated at peak morning and evening hours to and from the building.

However, that study was done before the parking structure was added into the project’s design. An additional study to analyze traffic impacts has been requested.

Four separate buildings on the site, ranging in size from 2,409 square feet to 11,702 square feet, will be demolished to build the new project. Two companies, Ewing Irrigation and the San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau, currently occupy space there.

In November, MindBody, which specializes in software programs for yoga and Pilates studios, announced a $35 million infusion in venture capital. That same month, it was also named one of the fastest-growing companies in North America.

It has projected growth through 2018, with 72 percent of the jobs anticipated to meet the criteria of being a head-of-household job. The company is positioning itself to go public in coming years and has plans to expand internationally.

MindBody was co-founded in 2001 by Robert Murphy, who lives in New York, and Rick Stollmeyer, who lives in San Luis Obispo.

The project will go before the city’s Architectural Review Commission for approval on May 20.

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