The Lawrence Group Blog

After many long hours of discussions and deliberation, we here at Lawrence Group have decided to join the modern era of blogging. We looked at the idea of having and maintaining a blog from many different perspectives. How will it aid in achieving our corporate goals? Will this be an additional creative outlet for our staff? Will we be able to share engaging information with our clients? How will it be different? All good questions, and hopefully in the end all things we will strive to achieve.

That being said, WELCOME to our blog. We want to give people a more in-depth look into the world of Lawrence Group. That might include stories related to projects we are currently working on, tips on design or sharing day to day adventures. But rest assured, there will be plenty more to come.


Rawan Abuisaid

Rawan Abuisaid

Designer

Rawan Abuisaid, a Maryville University grad, recently joined Lawrence Group’s interior design division. She is a LEED Green Associate and won second place in the Boardwalk Regional Student Competition. Her favorite food after a long day at work is a burger and mashed potatoes. She also likes unwinding with Friends re-runs, a good book or by taking photographs. Favorite building: Heydar Aliyev Center by Zaha Hadid.



Aaron Bunse

Aaron Bunse

Project Manager

Aaron Bunse joined Lawrence Group’s construction management group in 2006. He loves playing hockey, eating pizza and playing with his puppy, Francis Eleanor Esquire III or “Franke.” Aaron recently served as both architect and construction manager for the award-winning redevelopment of the Sun Theater in Grand Center. He is also a talented photographer and rocks an impeccable beard.



Dan DeWeese

Dan DeWeese

Designer

Dan DeWeese is a University of Kansas grad who joined Lawrence Group’s healthcare studio in 2012. He is currently working on multiple healthcare complexes in Kansas and Missouri. Dan’s favorite building is the Coliseum in Rome. When not at work, he can be found competing in Crossfit, building furniture, or watching “Friends.” Dan is a LEED Green Associate and also a member of Lawrence Group’s design leadership team.



Lindsay Harper

Lindsay Harper

Marketing Coordinator

Lindsay Harper is a Mizzou alum who joined Lawrence Group in 2013 as a marketing coordinator. She has a background in strategic communications and helps put together marketing collateral as well as manage Lawrence Group’s LinkedIn account. An avid road trip traveler, she enjoys exploring new places and scouting out the best donuts in town. Favorite Pantone color: Minion Yellow.



Bridget Bogan Keitel

Bridget Bogan Keitel

Associate Principal

Associate Principal Bridget Bogan Keitel joined Lawrence Group in 1996. A fan of The Simpsons and Online Swap and Sells, Bridget also loves fruit tarts, music and Letterpress on thick paper. One of her favorite quotes from Hamlet is This above all: to thine own self be true. Bridget has extensive corporate media experience as well as with academic and non-profit clients.



Terry McCoy

Terry McCoy

Associate

Terry is a Drury alum who joined Lawrence Group in 2005. He has extensive media experience and is a LEED Accredited Professional. He recently helped restore the Pianos for People space in South St. Louis. Terry is a lover of Swingline staplers and claims to be keeping a pet Direwolf named Ghost. Favorite building: Salk Institute for Biological Studies.



Claire Strube

Claire Strube

Marketing/Social Media Coordinator

Claire loves exploring outside, trying a new restaurant or flipping through Netflix with a plate of perfectly crispy cheese pizza rolls. She joined Lawrence Group in April as marketing/social media coordinator and helps manage our social media accounts like Twitter, Facebook and Houzz. She’s a Webster University alum with a bachelor’s degree in advertising and marketing communications.



Greg Trost

Greg Trost

Senior Associate

Greg has over 15 years of project management experience for corporate and hospitality clients. He has extensive historic renovation experience and is a registered architect and LEED Accredited Professional. Outside of work, Greg is recently married and adopted his wife’s two cockatiels, Harlequin and Pierrette. He is also a travel/outdoor enthusiast, and his favorite building is The Pantheon in Rome.



Beth Trueblood

Beth Trueblood

Principal

Beth loves knitting, CBS Sunday Morning, summers spent in the mountains and her dog, Charlie. On her list of favorite buildings is The Musée d'Orsay in Paris. Specializing in healthcare, Beth is a principal and shareholder at Lawrence Group with more than 30 years of interior design experience. She recently completed the $140 million replacement hospital for SSM St. Mary’s in Jefferson City.



Galen Vassar

Galen Vassar

Senior Associate

Galen joined Lawrence Group in 2005 and has 10 years of senior living experience. She brings interior expertise in furniture, fixtures and equipment to each project and has earned her National Council for Interior Design Qualification. Outside of work, Galen can be found cooking and relaxing in her apartment with her yellow lab mix, Walter. Favorite snack: oranges!



Michelle Yates

Michelle Yates

Director Of Marketing

Michelle Yates has over 20 years of marketing experience and oversees Lawrence Group’s marketing department. She’s an active member of SMPS, CREW and EWGA and is a Certified Professional Services Marketer and Accredited in Public Relations. After hours, you can find her reading, golfing or dreaming about macaroni and cheese. Guilty pleasure: RHONY!



Lisa Morrison

Lisa Morrison

Associate

Lisa has more than 10 years of design experience. She specializes in tenant improvement projects for corporate office spaces. Most recently she completed work on Northwestern Mutual’s new St. Louis office space. She loves referencing “Creative Cursing: A Mix ‘n’ Match Profanity Generator” and snuggling up with her rescue Miniature Schnauzers, Jack and Natalie. You’ll see the most holiday spirit from Lisa on October 31st; she loves Halloween!



Brandon Eversgerd

Brandon Eversgerd

Designer

Brandon Eversgerd joined Lawrence Group’s Healthcare Studio as a designer in July after graduating with his master of architecture from Kansas State University. He’s a fan of all things sports, St. Louis sports that is. When it comes to the Chipotle vs. Qdoba debate, he will always advocate for Chipotle. Favorite building? The Barcelona Pavilion by Mies Van Der Rohe.



Riza Encarnación

Riza Encarnación

Senior Associate

Riza Encarnación is a project manager for Lawrence Group’s healthcare studio and has more than 25 years of professional experience. She received her bachelor of science in architecture from the University of the Philippines. Riza loves being outside whether it be hiking, kayaking or exploring with her dog, Sandy or her horse, Beau. When she gets the time, Riza loves traveling and seeking out her next adventure!



David Ohlemeyer

David Ohlemeyer

Founding Pricipal

David Ohlemeyer, AIA, LEED® AP BD+C, is a founding principal of Lawrence Group. He is a University of Kansas graduate and keeps ties with the school by serving on the advisory board. David supports the technical side of the business through spec writing for projects and helping coordinate operations. David loves history, travel (to historic places) and reading (about history). Favorite building not done by Lawrence Group….Falling Water, could there be any other?



Christina Claggett

Christina Claggett

Designer

Christina’s first office job was an internship with Lawrence Group in 2006. She returned as a full-time designer in early 2015. Her passion is helping to save and restore historic buildings to keep St. Louis’s sense of place alive and well. Outside the office, she stays busy working on her own historic home with her architect husband and very helpful lab/border collie mix.



Daniela Grushevska

Daniela Grushevska

Senior Associate

A senior associate for Lawrence Group, Daniela is the firm’s leading expert in the hospitality market. Since joining the team in 1999, she has built relationships with clients across the country and is highly regarded for her extensive knowledge of national hotel brands and hospitality design trends. In her spare time, Daniela is committed to mentoring students interested in the design profession. Outside of work, Daniela enjoys spending time with her beloved cat Eve, schooling friends on trivia related to astronomy, and frequenting the local Soulard Market for fresh seafood and produce to use while cooking. She has also hiked Devil’s Causeway in Colorado, a trail that is considered both frightening and thrilling.