Golden State Lumber has been providing lumber and building products to builders and buyers across Northern California since 1954, and in early 2018, the company’s service was elevated with the addition of a new showroom, retail space, and areas for employees to work and engage in conversation with one another.
When Seth Nobmann, third generation owner of the company, wanted to create this new showroom and retail space fitting for DIYers and professionals alike, he turned to award-winning, Alameda, California-based architecture firm MBH Architects and tasked the team with the ground-up construction of a new home in Concord, California.
The 75,500-square-foot space houses a retail area, showroom, offices, and an indoor lumberyard displaying all products available to customers. The opening marked the first indoor drive-through lumberyard located on the West Coast.
The basis of MBH Architects’ concept was to take this industrial building and turn it into a well-suited space made to fulfill the needs of local consumers and Golden State Lumber staffers. To do this, MBH implemented simple materials with different colors and patterns in varying scales to express and encourage movement throughout the various spaces. Each room conveys a different feeling and experience as the color schemes shift as customers and employees move about. Colors paying homage to the Golden State Lumber logo, a subtle red, are also found throughout the the many areas, including in details like the steel shelving in the indoor lumberyard.
Designed to suit the needs of the community, the drive-through indoor lumberyard was developed with a full retail center and showroom in addition to open sales areas and administration offices. The lumber storage and delivery area, which due to heat and dust are enclosed in a prefabricated drive through shed, allow customers the ability to drive a car or truck directly into the space for easy access.
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