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, 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.
Becky Egan is a graduate of University of Kansas and joined Lawrence Group in 2000. A principal and shareholder of the firm, she has almost 30 years of professional design experience and specializes in healthcare and corporate work. She loves to travel with her family, always looking for interesting and cool design ideas. In her spare time, she can be found watching her boys play baseball and soccer, trying new restaurants, gardening, cooking, watching Rick Steves and planning her next family adventure. Her favorite building is Renzo Piano’s Paul Klee Museum in Bern, Switzerland. Being exposed to different cultures and creative environments provides inspiration and has a great impact on Becky’s projects.
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 HarperMarketing 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 KeitelAssociate 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 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 StrubeMarketing/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 TrostSenior 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 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 VassarSenior 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 YatesDirector 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 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 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 EncarnaciónSenior 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 OhlemeyerFounding 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’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 GrushevskaSenior 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.
Growing up in East Tennessee, Kyter’s immense love for drawing, music and moments of inspiration led him to architecture. Restless after a formidable academic experience, Kyter took the last seat on a bus to New York City on the night of graduating from the University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design. Kyter has continued work as a designer and project architect in New York since 2013 and has been with the Lawrence Group since June, 2016.
Jimmy Sgroi received his bachelor’s degree in interior design from Mizzou before switching teams and heading to the University of Kansas to earn his master’s in architecture. He joined Lawrence Group in 2015 as an intern and returned in 2016 to work full-time. Jimmy is currently working on the City Foundry STL mixed-use project. Although Jimmy works on a variety of project types, he most enjoys working on historic renovations because of their unique design challenges. Jimmy is a nerd of all things space related. He’d also love to tell you about his pet fish. Just ask!
Kevin LeSenior Associate
Kevin Le is a senior associate for Lawrence Group’s Design Collective Studio and has designed numerous Lawrence Group projects. His design philosophy is constructed around people and their relationship with the built environment. He attained a Master of Architecture at Washington University, where he now channels his passion for design through teaching in his free time.
Scott ZolaDirector of Construction Services
Scott Zola is a graduate of University of Illinois at Chicago and joined Lawrence Group in 2014 as director of construction services. He has more than 20 years of construction management experience and is currently president of the St. Louis Chapter of DBIA (Design Build Institute of America). His experience spans a wide variety of project types ranging from $40,000 up to $40 million in construction value. Married to his college sweetheart, Scott enjoys spending time at the lake with his wife Ruth and two kids, John (15) and Emily (11). His favorite words to live by are “Life is not predestined. If you do not like something, change it.”