Project Designer - Retail Design/Office Leader
Kara regularly demonstrates her commitment to help retail design clients achieve financial objectives through her knowledge of their brand, business, processes and culture. Her clients include retail and restaurant brands nationwide. One of her most memorable projects has been the first flagship store design for Tech-Zone in Charlotte, NC, powered by CompuCom, a retail-based point of access for walk-up and dispatch delivery of IT services and technology procurement.
As a single point of contact for project leadership, Kara simplifies a client’s experience from schematic drawings through construction, and by managing all disciplines from architecture to mechanical, electrical, plumbing and structural. She is adept at value engineering to help clients identify additional money and time savings. In addition, her experience with store planning, permitting, construction coordination and Americans with Disabilities Act allows clients to focus on more important tasks. She has published “5 Trends Restaurants Can’t Afford to Ignore in 2018” in QSR Magazine, regularly writes about retail industry trends for LDG’s blog and social media, and helped LDG develop its “Vision 2021” strategy.
Kara gives back to one of her alma maters, Pennsylvania College of Technology, by leading tours and presentations for students and for the Summer Architecture Odyssey Camp for high schoolers. She also helps organize an annual holiday gift collection with Families United Network to help children in foster care. As an active member of LDG’s Employee Engagement Committee, she helps to manage stewardship activities and fundraisers.