GoodRx — Santa Monica, CA

Greater Adaptability for A Growing Startup

 
Size
73,000 SF
Architect
RIOS
Awards
Architizer A+Award
IIDA Calibre Design Award
ENR Best Project Award

Santa Monica’s historic Pen Factory is the new home of discount prescription drug company GoodRx. In order to accommodate its rapid growth, the startup relocated its headquarters to occupy part of the the large single-story warehouse. Holmes provided structural engineering for the adaptive reuse project, working with the design team to the transform the warehouse interior into a state-of-the-art creative office space. Our team masterfully accommodated numerous interior single and double-story office build-outs, introduced generous new skylights, and provided new openings in the interior concrete panels to promote the openness of the space.

Built in 1956, the structure comprises concrete tilt-up construction with a light roof, long steel posts, and a more recent mezzanine level. Holmes worked with the design team to add warmth to the building’s interiors by providing freestanding partial height walls, a heavy office set-out, feature stair, coffee lounge and juice bar, speakeasy, and meditation area.

The structural team carefully coordinated with MEP and IT consultants to ensure proposed equipment was adequately supported without triggering major structural upgrades. Two large concrete panels were removed to allow for better flow within the space.

By maintaining flexibility and providing quick feedback to the design team, Holmes provided back-and-forth suggestions on what was feasible given the existing building’s capacity. Together the design team optimized efficiency within the building while preserving the integrity of the architectural design and programming.

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