Above: Director Marilu Knode during her gallery talk for the exhibition Camp Out: Finding Home in an Unstable World, June 2012.
FROM THE DIRECTOR
Even though it's winter outside and Laumeier's green grass is brown, there is still growth in the air here!
The renovation of our Estate House and construction of the Adam Aronson Fine Arts Center and Public Plaza have been made possible by the individuals, foundations and organizations who have contributed to our on-going Capital Campaign. We have also been able to manage the complex design process with the diligent focus of Gerry Biedenstein, St. Louis County Parks' Construction Projects Manager and Julia Norton, Administrative and Volunteer Coordinator at Laumeier, also a County employee.
Gerry's expertise and "big picture" guidance helped building team members-including Board Chair David Schlafly and Board members Margaret McDonald, Jamie Kolker, Alison Ferring and Susan Barrett-guide the architects at Trivers Associates to express our unique history and mission in our campus changes. Both Julia and Gerry applied their extraordinary organizational skills to the process so that the project is on time and on budget, the most important element in non-profit capital growth. As the in-coming Program Management team at Northstar Management begins working with BSI Constructors, our internal oversight team will maintain its diligence to ensure Laumeier emerges from its winter cocoon and makes your experiences here even brighter!
These transformations at Laumeier are the most important changes made since the grounds were given to St. Louis County Parks in 1968 by Matilda Laumeier. We thank all of you for your ongoing love and use of Laumeier and hope you'll contribute to the success of our Campaign.
See you in the Park!
Marilu Knode, Executive Director