Recent News

October 2018

The Note STL and Vaya Con Dillas Celebrate Grand Opening

Chef Ryan Hecht launched his two new restaurant concepts at Park Pacific in downtown St. Louis. Vaya Con Dillas, a fast-casual style Mexican restaurant features hand-crafted quesadillas and tacos, and The Note Bar offers traditional bar food for sports fans. The opening on October 4th featured a live broadcast from ESPN The Fast Lane with a grand opening celebration on October 6th.

Lawrence Group Participates in Southeast Missouri State University

Lawrence Group team members Kaitlin Stevens and Christine Chirco visited with students at the Southeast Missouri State University Career Expo on October 11th

Mizzou Project Awarded LEED Platinum Certification

Bluford and Brooks Halls at Mizzou were recently awarded LEED Platinum Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Consistent with the University of Missouri Sustainable Design Guidelines, sustainable features are included throughout the entirety of each building including each hall’s many amenities and the spacious dining area. Energy efficiency, waste reduction, indoor air quality, water conservation and pollution prevention were all at the forefront throughout the design and construction of the two buildings. Lawrence Group is proud to have been a part of this exciting project along with KWK Architects, River City Construction, KPFF - St. Louis, Ross & Baruzzini, Antella Consulting Engineers, and David Mason + Associates.

O. Henry Hall Project Wins Preservation Award

The Texas State University System recently received a Preservation Merit Award for Rehabilitation for O. Henry Hall from Preservation Austin. The project is a 24,000-square-foot renovation of a 19th century building into office space for use by Texas State University. Lawrence Group provided architecture and interior design services for the project.

September 2018

Lawrence Group completes new STAR building at John Burroughs School

Lawrence Group was proud to serve as architect on this new state-of-the-art academic facility. The team provided thought leadership in architecture and design to bring this building from concept to reality, further supporting John Burroughs’ mission to foster academic, physical and creative fulfillment in their students through active learning. Take a video tour >

Susan Bruker Presents at LeadingAge Missouri Conference

Principal Susan Bruker joined co-panelists Roger Herin, David East, Ed Berkel and Greg Dickens to present “Are you ready for your next fire drill?” at the LeadingAge Missouri conference on September 18th. The panel discussed life safety issues and codes, design and technology for skilled nursing and assisted living communities.

Lawrence Group Exhibits at TCUF Conference

Lawrence Group was pleased to sponsor and exhibit at the 2018 Texas College and University Facilities Conference in San Antonio, Texas. Principal Earl Swisher and Associate Doug Becker were on hand to connect with representatives from colleges and universities across Texas.

Steve Smith Honored at Grand Center Gala

Grand Center Inc. honored Lawrence Group’s CEO Steve Smith at their annual gala on September 28th for his many contributions to the Grand Center Arts District. Steve has been instrumental in several key projects including the Angad Arts Hotel in the former Missouri Theatre Building, Sun Theater, Grand Center Arts Academy, Hotel Ignacio, Triumph Grill and The Moto Museum.

August 2018

SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital achieves Construction Milestone

A topping out ceremony was held on August 16th for the new SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital. The final steel beam was placed atop the facility, marking a significant milestone in its construction. Lawrence Group is providing architectural and interior design services for the project, which will open in September 2020.

Lawrence Group takes part in annual McCarthy Charity Softball Tournament

Lawrence Group recently participated in McCarthy Building Companies’ 22nd annual Charity Softball tournament, held August 4th. Over the years, the tournament has raised more than $100,000 in funds to benefit local St. Louis organizations. Read more about this year’s tournament »

Mike McDaneld becomes Passive House Certified Designer

Mike McDaneld, senior associate at Lawrence Group, recently became a passive house certified designer. A “passive house” has passed a set of standards for insulation and energy use set forth by the Passive House Institute in Darmstadt, Germany. Learn more about passive houses »

July 2018

Amanda Auer Highlighted in STL Business Journal

Lawrence Group’s Amanda Auer, who won the St. Louis Business Journal’s 2018 Corporate Counsel Award, was recently featured in an article discussing not only her legal skills, but also her passion for St. Louis and its revitalization. Read the full article »

Construction Commences at City Foundry STL

On July 16, Steve Smith, principal owner of City Foundry STL, executed a master construction agreement with S. M. Wilson for Phase 1 of the project. The agreement includes current and future contracts, which will consist of the construction and renovation of six buildings, improvements to the 10-acre site, as well as construction of over 60 tenant spaces. The agreement is expected to exceed $100 million when all packages are released. Read more »

Lawrence Group participates in Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Outing

Lawrence Group’s Monica Conners, Becky Egan, Sharon Henderson, Lisa Morrison, Mary Sue Sutton, and Michelle Yates recently attended CREW’s 22nd annual Golf Classic, held on July 24th. Commercial Real Estate Women of St. Louis helps to educate and support women to further their own careers in the field of Real Estate within the St. Louis area. Read more about CREW »

Lawrence Group makes their way to Nashville for SCUP event

Lawrence Group’s Doug Becker, Monica Conners, Tim Rowbottom and Julie Steffens attended this year’s Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) conference, held July 14th through 17th. The conference offers an opportunity for experts in university design and construction to meet and share best practices of the industry. Read more about the programming of this year’s conference.

June 2018

Lawrence Group Makes St. Louis Business Journal Rankings

St. Louis Business Journal recently released their annual largest architecture and interior design firm rankings. Lawrence Group is ranked as the second largest interior design firm and the sixth largest architecture firm within the Greater St. Louis area. View the full lists: (interior), (architecture)

Amanda Auer Receives Corporate Counsel Award

Congratulations to Amanda Auer on receiving St. Louis Business Journal’s Corporate Counsel Award. Amanda joined Lawrence Group in 2011 and serves as the firm’s in-house attorney. Partnering with the Association of Corporate Counsel, the St. Louis Business Journal annually showcases the brightest legal minds in the St. Louis Area through its Corporate Counsel Awards. Read more about this year’s winners.

Allegro Project Highlighted in St. Louis Business Journal

Lawrence Group’s work in Richmond Heights was recently featured in the St. Louis Business Journal. The article outlines the future of Allegro Senior Living, which will house 87 units and employ 80 people. Resident amenities include a spa, beauty salon and barber shop, a movie theater and a rooftop deck for memory care residents. Lawrence Group is providing design and construction services for the project, which is set to open this fall. View the full article.

Sharon Henderson Featured in Workplace Article

St. Louis Business Journal recently published “The office of the future: Finding a space that works for you,” featuring Lawrence Group Associate Director Sharon Henderson. Throughout the article, Henderson notes the importance of balance and flexibility in the modern workplace, highlighting various office features holding the potential to enrich the workplace. Read the full article here.

May 2018

Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis has a New Home

Lawrence Group employees recently contributed to Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis’ new Restore location on South Grand. Habitat for Humanity Restore reuses and repurposes donated goods to support their mission and lessen our global impact on the environment. Read more about their new signage design on our blog.

Lisa Morrison speaks at USGBC Gateway Chapter

Lawrence Group’s Lisa Morrison spoke at the annual St. Louis Women in Architecture Forum + USGBC Gateway Chapter – Green Building Showcase held May 8th. The talk addressed Lawrence Group’s recent work at the Cushman & Wakefield Portfolio Service Center, a project currently pursuing both WELL and LEED certification. Learn more about the Portfolio Service Center.

Lawrence Group Exhibits at Industry Expo

Lawrence Group recently attended the IREM BOMA IFMA Industry Expo at the St. Charles Convention Center, held on May 24th. The expo promotes networking and fosters long-lasting relationships between those involved in the real estate marketplace. Read more about this year’s expo.

April 2018

Phase 2 Site Demolition Moves Forward at City Foundry STL

Lawrence Group has begun remediation to be followed by building demolition of the City Foundry STL Phase 2 site. This site includes the main entrance to the first phase while also providing expansion of the overall City Foundry STL development. The Phase 2 site master plan and conceptual images show the main entrance for the City Foundry STL complex flanked by multiple office buildings of various sizes. Lawrence Group is presently marketing the site to technology companies that seek to become a part of the greater Cortex Innovation community. Cortex is collaborating with Lawrence Group to bring additional land to the project. To learn more, go to

Chouteau Green Design Competition Final Presentations

On April 10th, the Chouteau Greenway Design Competition held its Community Kickoff Day at The Sheldon. Then, on April 25th, the four design teams gave their final presentations to the jury. See all four presentations »

Lawrence Group Participates in SMPS Prime Time: Diversity Outreach

On April 4th, Lawrence Group was one of nine prime A/E/C firms exhibiting at the fifth annual Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) St. Louis Prime Time Event: Diversity Outreach at the Sheet Metal Workers Hall.

March 2018

Sharon Henderson and Lisa Morrison Present “The Science of Workplace”

Associate Director Sharon Henderson and Senior Associate Lisa Morrison presented “The Science of Workplace” at the International Facility Management Association (IFMA)’s Facility Fusion 2018 Conference and Expo in Chicago, Illinois.

Steve Smith Speaks at BOMA St. Louis

CEO Steve Smith also spoke to attendees at the Building Owners and Managers (BOMA) St. Louis March 15th luncheon about the City Foundry STL development.

SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital wins Best Practices Award

On March 5th, St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers presented the SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital team with the Construction Industry Best Practices Award for its campus expansion project. Team members include SSM Health, Alberici and Northstar.

February 2018

SIH and SIU Announce New Medical Clinic and Teaching Facility

Lawrence Group is pleased to team up with long-standing client Southern Illinois Healthcare, along with Southern Illinois University Carbondale Medical School on the design of a new 40,000 sf state-of-the-art facility situated on 1.6 acres on the campus of Memorial Hospital in Carbondale. This new facility will bring healthcare and higher education under one roof and provide much needed presence and space for SIUC's Residency Program and Physician's Assistant Master’s Program. Read more »

January 2018

City Foundry STL reached a milestone with the announcement of anchor tenants, including Alamo Drafthouse and Punch Bowl Social

Check out the media coverage:

CNBC Retail - "Enough with the doom and gloom. Retail and its real estate have bright spots"

St. Louis Magazine - "A sneak peek inside City Foundry's dining (and cinema) landscape"

St. Louis Post Dispatch - "10-screen movie theater coming to City Foundry project in Midtown"

St. Louis Business Journal - "Anchor tenants named for first phase of City Foundry development"

Steve Smith Presents for AIA St. Louis

Steve Smith, founding member of Lawrence Group, presented at an education workshop for the AIA St. Louis chapter on January 10th. Smith focused on Lawrence Group’s repurposing projects, including the development of the 15-acre former Century Electric Foundry site into City Foundry STL.

Micah Gray Speaks at ASPE Event

Lawrence Group Digital Project Manager Micah Gray spoke at an ASPE St. Louis Metro Chapter held January 25th. Gray’s presentation discussed the benefits and drawbacks of drone and laser use when cost estimating. Gray joined Lawrence Group last year.

Lawrence Group Sponsors St. Louis Business Journal Women’s Conference

Lawrence Group recently sponsored and attended the 13th annual St. Louis Business Journal Women’s Conference, held January 26th. With nearly 1,000 business leaders in attendance, the conference provides an opportunity to network with experts in organizational improvement.

November 2017

Lawrence Group exhibits at Missouri Hospital Association’s Annual Convention and Trade Show

Lawrence Group attended Missouri Hospital Association’s Annual Convention and Trade Show, held November 1st through 3rd in Osage Beach. MHA was established in 1922 to further the improvement of Missouri Health Care systems, and has since expanded from 50 to 145 member hospitals.

October 2017

Steve Smith Receives Construction Forum STL’s Board of Advisors’ Award

CEO Steve Smith was recently honored at Construction Forum STL’s Building Tomorrow Awards. Smith was a recipient for the Board of Advisors’ Award, as his work embodies all four categories addressed by the Forum—diversity/inclusion, workforce, regionalism and collaboration. The Forum’s Board of Directors made the final selections from over two dozen nominations.

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Tim Rowbottom Shares Insights on Trends in Learning Environments in St. Louis Business Journal

Principal Tim Rowbottom was featured in the St. Louis Business Journal’s “Table of Experts: Partnerships in Education.” Tim was one of three experts to discuss the evolution of education design, noting common trends in learning environments. Read the full discussion »

Kevin Le Creates Rise in the City Art Competition Design Piece

Senior Associate Kevin Le was selected to represent the company at the Rise in the City’s art event in New York. Aiming to assist new entrepreneurs from low-income countries, Rise’s first event exhibited several art pieces for auction with the ultimate goal of creating funds to build a new facility for an orphanage in Lesotho, Southern Africa. Le’s design created a scene box that represents everyday life in both Lawrence Group’s assigned block #053 of New York and the town of Lesotho—a piece that represents unity. Read more about Rise in the City »

Lawrence Group sponsors Ageless Remarkable Saint Louisans Event

Members of the Lawrence Group team attended St. Andrew’s Management Services 15th annual Ageless Remarkable Saint Louisans gala on October 28th. St. Andrew’s Charitable Foundation is dedicated to the assistance of elders and caregivers who are coping with the challenges of life. Learn more about the honorees »

September 2017

Lawrence Group Makes Top BD&C Lists in University, Multifamily, Retail, Hotel & Healthcare Architecture

Building Design & Construction (BD&C) released its annual Giants 300 issue, which includes BD&C’s rankings of the nation’s largest architectural, engineering and construction firms by market sector. Lawrence Group made the Top 60 Hotel Architecture Firms, Top 65 Retail Architecture Firms, Top 95 Multifamily Architecture Firms, Top 110 University Architecture Firms list and the Top 125 Healthcare Architecture Firms.

Lawrence Group Sponsors CAPPA/MAPPA Joint Conference

Lawrence Group is proud to sponsor the four-day CAPPA-MAPPA “Gateway to Better Facilities” joint conference. CAPPA and MAPPA represent the Central and Midwest chapters of APPA: Leadership in Educational facilities. The organization provides assistance to facilities professionals in colleges, universities, and other educational institutions throughout the nation.

International Design Competition for Chouteau Greenway Announced

Partnering with the City of St. Louis and Great Rivers Greenway, the design competition is privately funded by Lawrence Group, Arch to Park Collaborative, Forest Park Forever, Grand Center Inc., Great Rivers Greenway Foundation, Green Street St. Louis, Saint Louis University, Washington University in St. Louis and Washington University Medical Center. The project will connect the areas of Washington University and Forest Park to the Washington University Medical Center & BJC, the Cortex Innovation District, the City Foundry STL and Armory projects, Grand Center Arts District, Saint Louis University, Harris-Stowe State University, Midtown, Downtown and the Gateway Arch and Mississippi Riverfront. A 40-person Citizen Advisory Committee will help guide the process. Qualifications are due by November 21st. For more information, visit the GRG website.

Lawrence Group Exhibits at LeadingAge Missouri Annual Meeting

Representatives from Lawrence Group’s senior living team were on hand at the annual LeadingAge Missouri’s conference dedicated to healthcare, housing and services providers for the elderly. Founded in 1969, LeadingAge Missouri is a trade association devoted to furthering the interests of all elements of senior care.

Wendi Prange Joins Lawrence Group

Wendi Prange recently joined Lawrence Group as director of talent development. In her new role, Prange will help the firm provide additional resources and structure surrounding training, mentoring, and individual growth opportunities for employees. Prange brings more than eight years of talent development, employee engagement and action planning experience to Lawrence Group. She attained a Bachelor of Science in Management from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and her Master of Business Administration from McKendree University.

August 2017

SSM Saint Louis University Hospital Breaks Ground

Construction begins on the SSM Saint Louis University Hospital after breaking ground on August 31st. The new $550 million, 825,000 square foot facility will feature 316 private patient rooms, an expanded level 1 trauma center and emergency department and larger intensive care units. The medical campus will also include convenient patient parking, a four-floor ambulatory care center, abundant outdoor green space, and has areas designated for future campus expansion. See More »

Covenant Place Breaks Ground on the Cahn Family Building

Covenant Place also broke ground this month on a new senior apartment building and community center located at Lindbergh Boulevard and Schuetz Road. Construction on the 102-unit, four-story building is expected to conclude in early 2019. Lawrence Group is providing architecture and interior design services. Read More »

Missouri Theatre Building Honors Visionary Angad Paul

Lawrence Group recently dedicated the Missouri Theater Building in honor of the visionary Angad Paul, former CEO of Britain-based Caparo Group. The newly named Angad Paul Building will house the renovated Angad Arts Hotel, located at 634 N. Grand. Read More »

Recent Project Referenced in Medical Design & Construction Article

SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Jefferson City, Missouri was recently featured in an online article from Medical Design & Construction. The article discusses the impacts of decentralized nursing units and a post-occupancy evaluation led by researchers at The University of Kansas. Lawrence Group completed the project in 2014 and worked with the hospital and university to conduct the evaluation.

July 2017

Michelle Yates Earns 2017 SMPS Fellows Designation

Lawrence Group Director of Marketing Michelle Yates was one of three marketing professionals honored at the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) national conference in Indianapolis on July 13th for earning the 2017 SMPS Fellows designation, representing the highest level of experience and leadership in SMPS. Yates joined Lawrence Group in 2005, and over the years, she has held numerous leadership positions in SMPS, including president of the local chapter and committee chair of the national SMPS Foundation Informed Strategies Committee.

James Vira Joins Lawrence Group as Senior Associate

James Vira, AIA, LEED AP recently joined Lawrence Group’s New York office as a senior associate. With more than 20 years of experience, Vira has developed a diverse portfolio that includes work for academic, civic, retail, and corporate clients. A registered architect, he has worked on complex, large-scale projects at all stages of the design process including renovation, new construction and master planning. Vira is a published and award-winning designer. His competition-winning proposal for Rapidly Deployable Provisional Housing for the NYC Office of Emergency Management received recognition from Architect Magazine’s Progressive Architecture design awards program. Vira’s ability to synthesize client, budget, and building technology into compelling designs is his hallmark.

April 2017

Lawrence Group partners with SSM Health and SLUCare on new hospital and ambulatory care center

Lawrence Group is proud to partner with SSM Health and SLUCare on a new $550 million academic medical center set to break ground in St. Louis, Missouri on August 31, 2017. Featuring more than 800,000 square feet, the project will include 316 private patient rooms, an expanded Level 1 trauma center and emergency department, larger intensive care units, expanded patient parking, green space, and areas for any future campus expansion. Learn more about the project »

New $26 million SSM Health Outpatient Center opens in St. Charles

Lawrence Group is honored to have designed the new SSM Health Outpatient Center located near Interstate 70 and Fifth Street in St. Charles, Missouri. The facility is scheduled to open on April 24th and includes an urgent care center, imaging services, physician offices, an outpatient laboratory, retail pharmacy and education center. Learn more about the project »

Laura Conrad named 2017 St. Louis Business Journal CFO of the Year honoree

Lawrence Group Chief Financial Officer Laura Conrad was recently named as an honoree of for the 2017 St. Louis Business Journal CFO of the Year, in the small corporation category. Awards are given to financial professionals in the St. Louis region for outstanding performance in their roles as corporate financial stewards. Conrad is a key driver behind Lawrence Group’s financial growth and profitability and has helped lead the business operations of the firm for more than 20 years. See the full list of recognized individuals »

Galen Vassar and Michelle Yates Selected for Bizwomen Mentoring Event

Lawrence Group Senior Associate Galen Vassar and Director of Marketing Michelle Yates recently served as mentors for the fourth annual St. Louis Business Journal’s Bizwomen Mentoring event which took place April 3rd at Maryville University. This speed-mentoring event was one of 42 hosted by Business Journals across the country where mentors have seven-minute one-on-one conversations to coach other women. Click here to see all 44 selected mentors »