Recent News

June 2017

New Senior Housing Community Breaks Ground in Richmond Heights

Lawrence Group is providing architectural design and construction management services for Allegro’s first community in St. Louis. More than 50 people were in attendance to celebrate the groundbreaking at 1055 Bellevue Avenue on June 27th. Local representatives included Travis Capers, president of SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital; Steve Smith, CEO of Lawrence Group; and Jim Thomson, mayor of Richmond Heights. The community will contain 87 units within 91,000 square feet offering premier assisted living and memory care services to area seniors. First occupancy is expected in the fall of 2018. When complete, Allegro anticipates creating 80 permanent jobs in addition to 75 construction jobs to build the community. In conjunction with IronRock Investments, Allegro jointly funded the project.

Lawrence Group Makes ENR Top 500 Design Firm List

Lawrence Group is proud to once again make the Top 500 Design Firms List published by Engineering News Record. Compiled annually, architecture, engineering and construction firms are ranked according to revenue for design services.

Daniela Grushevska Selected to Join FOCUS St. Louis Leadership Class

Senior Associate Daniela Grushevska was recently selected as one of 67 outstanding individuals to join the prestigious group of more than 2,000 leaders who have graduated from the Leadership St. Louis Class. “We are excited to welcome this talented and diverse group of participants into Leadership St. Louis. Over the next year, they will experience this region in new ways and gain knowledge, skills and connections they can use to make a difference within it,” said Yemi Akande-Bartsch, Ph.D., president & CEO of FOCUS St. Louis and director of the Leadership St. Louis program. Grushevska joined Lawrence Group in 1999 and leads our hospitality studio. Daniela is also a former St. Louis Business Journal 40 under 40 and Boutique 18 award winner.

May 2017

Across STL features Lawrence Group CEO in premier issue

In its premier issue, Across STL interviewed leaders of St. Louis organizations to share insights on how culture and conservation can build community and drive development. Lawrence Group CEO Steve Smith discussed bringing new life to old properties, including the former Federal Mogul Foundry site currently under development. . Learn more about Across STL and get your digital copy of the publication »

Lawrence Group participates in the 2017 Missouri Preservation Conference

Lawrence Group sponsored and team members attended the 2017 Missouri Preservation Conference in Hannibal, MO. The three-day conference brings together historic preservation experts from the surrounding areas and our designers enjoyed participating in the three-day conference featuring three tracks of educational sessions and tours, technical workshops, and networking receptions – all within the theme, “Hometown Preservation.” Learn more about Missouri Preservation »

St. Louis Union Station Hotel receives McReynolds Award

Lodging Hospitality Management's St. Louis Union Station Hotel was recently awarded a McReynolds Award presented by Missouri Preservation which recognizes achievement in long-term historic preservation projects. We are so proud to be a part of this journey!

Daniela Grushevska participates in St. Louis Business Journal Table of Experts: Meet Me in St. Louis

Daniela Grushevska participates in St. Louis Business Journal Table of Experts: Meet Me in St. Louis Lawrence Group designer Daniela Grushevska recently participated in the St. Louis Business Journal Table of Experts roundtable discussion titled Meet Me in St. Louis. The hospitality-focused discussion addressed key issues surrounding performance of the hospitality industry, trends in convention and meeting planning, events and technology. Read the full article »

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 »

March 2017

Lawrence Group participates in SMPS PRIME TIME Diversity Event

SMPS St. Louis, in partnership with PEOPLE, hosted its fourth annual PRIME TIME event on Wednesday March 22nd at the Sheet Metal Workers Hall in St. Louis, Missouri. This valuable networking opportunity was designed to provide MBE/WBE/SBE firms and those that contract their services with direct access to some of the region’s largest architecture, engineering and construction firms. Lawrence Group was one of nine participating firms whose team members provided insight into upcoming projects and what we look for when adding consultants to our teams. Learn more about the SMPS organization and its programs »

Lawrence Group Participates in the Cool Women / Hot Jobs Career Fair at Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls

Lawrence Group team members Mary Sue Sutton and Julie Spengler were honored to exhibit during the Cool Women / Hot Jobs Career Fair at Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls in St. Louis, Missouri on March 10th. The fair provided students the opportunity to meet 40 professionals from various community businesses, and our designers were excited to inspire today’s youth with insight from the interior design and architecture industry. Learn more about Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls »

Rawan Abusaid receives awards for the St. Louis Photo Authority “Best of 2016 St. Louis photo contest”

Lawrence Group interior designer Rawan Abusaid received two awards on March 10th during the St. Louis Photo Authority’s Best of 2016 Photo Exhibition event for her long exposure photo of the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge. Rawan joined Lawrence Group in 2015 with experience in programming, space planning, and 3D rendering and pursues photography as a personal hobby. A LEED Green Associate, Rawan has participated in dozens of successful projects for clients including SSM Health and St. Anthony’s Medical Center. See the winning photograph here »

February 2017

Lawrence Group Named to Interior Design Magazine’s 2017 Top 100 Giants

Lawrence Group was recently named to Interior Design Magazine’s 40th annual list of Top 100 Giants. Firms considered for inclusion on this prestigious list are evaluated on categories such as fee forecasting, sustainability and staffing, to name a few. Congratulations to our team for once again receiving this incredible accomplishment! »

Park Pacific Featured by Interior Design Magazine

Interior Design Magazine recently asked Lawrence Group to share one project that defines our firm. Park Pacific in downtown St. Louis, Missouri was completed in 2011 and stood out as one of our most memorable projects. Highlights from the conversion of the former Missouri Pacific Railroad headquarters into an apartment building include the lobby’s coffered ceiling and terrazzo flooring restored to their 1920’s splendor. See the project and view more defining projects from Interior Design Magazine’s Top 100 Giants here »

Lawrence Group Participates in 2017 Environments for Aging Expo and Conference

Lawrence Group team members attend and exhibit at The Environments for Aging Expo & Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. The conference offers the latest strategies and ideas for creating functional and attractive living environments that meet the needs of our aging population. Stop by our booth and say hello to Todd Bundren, Galen Vassar and Katie Schmidt.

January 2017

Lawrence Group sponsors St. Louis Business Journal 2017 Women’s Conference

Lawrence Group is a proud sponsor of the 12th Annual St. Louis Business Journal Women’s Conference. The conference aims to deepen relationships with influential, decision-making women, on the professional development and advancement of women in the workplace.

Justine Robinson Joins Lawrence Group as Marketing Manager

Justine Robinson recently joined Lawrence Group as marketing manager. Robinson received a bachelor of arts in business administration from Illinois Wesleyan University. She brings nearly a decade of marketing, real estate and business development experience to Lawrence Group. Welcome to the Lawrence Group team, Justine!

Michelle Yates Leads National Marketing Research Report

Michelle Yates, APR, CPSM, director of marketing, recently led and authored a national marketing research report for the Society of Marketing Professional Service (SMPS) Foundation in partnership with students from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Master of Marketing Research program. The report, “Measuring for Success: A Look at Hit Rates & Other KPIs in the A/E/C Industries,” can be downloaded at: Yates is also a member of the Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Network Industry Research Committee that helped develop the white paper “Closing the Gap: Addressing Gender Bias and Other Barriers for Women in Commercial Real Estate.” Both reports were published in December.

December 2016

Greg Fix Joins Lawrence Group as Senior Director of Client Development

Greg Fix recently joined Lawrence Group as senior director of client development. Fix brings more than 20 years of experience in business development and has managed key relationships within the healthcare industry. He attained a master of business administration from Saint Louis University and a bachelor’s degree in logistics from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Read the article from »

St. Louis Century Electric Foundry Complex named to the National Register of Historic Places

St. Louis Century Electric Foundry Complex was recently named to the National Register of Historic Places by the National Parks Service. Lawrence Group is designing and developing the project, named City Foundry St. Louis, a proposed 17-acre mixed-use redevelopment project bordered by Saint Louis University’s main campus. The first phase of the $340 million development is scheduled to open in 2018 and will include a restaurant and food hall space, creative office space, retail space and 511-car parking garage. Read more about the project »

Galen Vassar named to St. Louis Business Journal 40 Under 40 class of 2017

Lawrence Group Senior Associate Galen Vassar was recently named to St. Louis Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 class of 2017. Galen joined Lawrence Group as an interior designer in 2005. She has over 10 years of senior living, private residential and multifamily development expertise and has led dozens of successful projects including John Burroughs School Addition and Renovation, Anna House at The Sarah Community, Peabody Opera House and Sun Theater. The 40 Under 40 list recognizes rising stars in the St. Louis community from a broad range of industries including finance, health care, education and transportation, just to name a few. See the full list of recognized individuals »

November 2016

Riza Encarnacion Speaks at Healthcare Design Conference

Project Manager Riza Encarnacion recently spoke at the national Healthcare Design Conference in Houston, Texas. Riza joined Lawrence Group in 2001 and specializes in healthcare. Along with Brent VanConia, president of SSM Health Mid-Missouri Region, and Kent Spreckelmeyer, Hui Cai and Frank Zilm of The University of Kansas Institute for Health + Wellness Design – Riza spoke about a multi-method post-occupancy evaluation on nursing unit design.

October 2016

Lawrence Group Featured in Athletic Business Magazine

In the October issue of Athletic Business Lawrence Group discusses the factors affecting the design of recreation and wellness facilities and how the 80/20 rule that applies to so many facets of business also applies to the design and operation of wellness centers. Read the article in the digital edition of Athletic Business »

Steve Smith Named to St. Louis Magazine’s The Power List

Lawrence Group CEO Steve Smith was recently named to St. Louis Magazine’s The Power List in the “Builders” category. The Power List recognizes individuals inspiring real change in St. Louis. Other categories included “Connectors,” “Thinkers,” “Watchdogs” “Rainmakers,” “Tastemakers, “Curators,” “Rulemakers,” “Patrons” and “Influencers.” See the full list of recognized individuals »

500 Chicon Receives Texas Preservation Award from Preservation Austin

500 Chicon, the headquarters of the Texas Society of Architects, recently won a Preservation Award for Sustainability from Preservation Austin. Lawrence Group completed the renovation of the former oil warehouse building this year. Renovations aimed to make the building a more suitable home for the Texas Society of Architects. Read more about the project and award »

Christina Clagett Becomes Registered Architect

Christina Clagett recently became a registered architect. Christina joined Lawrence Group in 2015 and specializes in historic preservation projects. Christina received her master of architecture from Kansas State University. Currently, she is involved in the renovation of the former Federal Mogul site into City Foundry Saint Louis, the first phase of which is expected to open in 2018.

Stifel World Headquarters Awarded St. Louis IES Awards

Lawrence Group and BriC Partnership were recently awarded two Awards of Merit for Stifel World Headquarters in the categories of Lighting Design and Lighting Controls. The project specifically included the 12th floor executive suite and state-of-the-art boardroom in downtown St. Louis. The electrician on the project was Vision Electric and Systems.

Lawrence Group Sponsors STL Design Week Event

Lawrence Group recently sponsored “Hashtag the City” for St. Louis Design Week to encourage social media users to share what inspires them using #STLinspiresarchitecture. See the collection of photographs »

Lawrence Group Participates in Foundation Fighting Blindness 2016 VisionWalk

Employees of Lawrence Group recently walked in the 10th Annual St. Louis VisionWalk showing support for the Foundation Fighting Blindness. Since its inception in the spring of 2006, walks across the nation have raised over $40 million to fund sight-saving research. Read more about the organization »