Ganahl Lumber, the oldest lumber yard in California, built its reputation on high quality product and customer service; its multiple branch yard locations are designed to showcase both. With the most recent lumberyard model underway in Pasadena, the company engaged Withee Malcolm Architects to bring a new location in Torrance online.
The 18-acre yard with over 86,000 sf of new building includes a retail store, will call storage and loading area, operations offices, and two mezzanines. The large yard also provides ample space for a fleet of trucks and an onsite mill. The architecture of the facility celebrates Ganahl’s lumber business with an innovative celebration of wood. In the composite design the wood frame structure—18 inch square, glue laminated beams configured 6 feet deep and 16 feet wide—support the concrete walls and rooftop parking. The use of mullion-less glass brings natural light into the retail store which supports the company’s efficient approach to shopping for its professional contractor clients. The highly visual, convenient, upbeat environment reinforces Ganahl’s commitment to client service and, at the same time, showcases its products.