Stephen (Steve) F. Lazar, AIA Architect, LEED AP
President, VRL Architects, Inc
At the age of fourteen, Steve walked into an architect’s office in his home town of St. Petersburg and asked the Owner for a job. The architect’s abrupt response was his first major rejection but, in retrospect, helped prepare Steve for the real world. Looking back over a successful professional career, this Florida Native can be proud of his accomplishments in the public and private sector. Steve takes vicarious pleasure in seeing Libraries, churches, schools and civic projects used by their occupants for their intended purpose. That is the satisfaction derived from the design profession. Steve enjoys interacting with clients and users and readily communicates with his pen-using sketching as the language of architecture. The process of creative problem solving always brings this architect great joy.
William K. (Kim) Rinaman, AIA Architect
Whether it is a new school or a small community center renovation, Kim brings to the project special skill sets. He successfully manages the programming, design and construction to the satisfaction of the client. Throughout his lengthy career, Kim has excelled in providing design excellence for educational, religious, civic and commercial project types. Kim’s ability to create design solutions for difficult, challenging projects has repeatedly proven effective.
Richard M. (Mark) Veenstra
Senior Job Captain
Mark has been with VRL Architects for 15 years and has developed strong experience in production documents and consultant coordination. As VRL increased its involvement with computers, Mark has endeavored to improve his IT knowledge and has become the default inhouse go-to-guy. Mark has an impressive work ethic which he inherited from his father, the late Dick Veenstra, one of the founders of this firm. The VRL Team and our engineering consultants have confidence that project deadlines will be met with Mark’s steadfast commitment. Mark also has the same commitment as a granddad.
Shwana (“Shay”) V. Torrance
For 15 years Shay has been a significant part of our CADD production team. Shay is consistent, dependable and an enjoyable member of our team.
Shay is also a thoughtful and patient instructor and has taught Kim and Steve many computer lessons. Who said something about “old dogs and new tricks”?
“Specs and Checks” describes this hard working multi-tasker. Beverly came to VRL Architects during a transition period. VRL had just begun a major accounting system change over and this courageous lady slipped seamlessly into the duty of office and account manager and kept the ship on course. Beverly has also learned the specifications system used for Project Bid Documents. Sometimes it seems that Beverly has more arms and hands that other normal humans in order to accomplish the tasks at hand.
A graduate of Mississippi State College of Industrial Engineering this Bulldog is inexplicably Loyal to the Ole Miss Rebels and yet cheers vigorously for the Mighty Gators. We don’t try to understand.
We just enjoy his teamwork spirit and his solid work ethic.
Mr. Lazar has contributed design expertise to numerous significant private and governmental projects in Florida and Georgia for over twenty years. Mr. Lazar is recognized by his peers and clients alike as one who consistently brings creative problem solving ability to all design tasks.
Our approach to Architecture is very simple: Initially assist the client to define their needs within the client's schedule and budget, Subsequently, VRL endevors to produce creative solutions to those needs.
VRL Architects, Inc.'s project delivery is based on project teams whose principal-in-charge has a personal involvement in project management from the initial client contact through construction. Experienced technical staff provide input in all phases of a project. VRL's principals, Kim Rinaman and Steve Lazar, commit to each project a personalized approach, tailored to each client. Professional design excellence results in VRL receiving repeat work from satisfied clients.
The firm has extensive experience in the design of corporate, military, industrial, institutional, religious, and educational facilities. In addition to full architectural services, VRL performs studies relating to feasibility, site acquisition, long range master planning, and value engineering related to these project types.
Some Notable Design Awards
Orange Park Branch Library
Orange Park, Florida
Fruit Cove Baptist Church
St. Johns County Public Library
St. Augustine, Florida
Clark Office Building
Port Orange, Florida:
St. Andrew Missionary Baptist Church
Truscott Air Terminal, Hunter Army Airfield
Passenger Processing Facility, Lawson Army Airfield
Fort Benning, Georgia
HH-60 Operations/Para rescue Facility
Moody Air Force Base, Georgia
Pablo Creek Regional Brach Library
Folkston United Methodist Church
Base Supply Support Center
Robins Air Force Base, Georgia
Southside United Methodist Church
Family Life Center Jacksonville, Florida
Mandarin Branch Library
Anastasia Baptist Church
St. Augustine, Florida
Timucuan Elementary School
American Institute of Architects Award for Excellence 1996
Automated Skyway Express
San Marco Station
Air Force Combat Command
Awards program nominee 2000
HH-60 / Pararescue Operations Facility
Moody Air Force Base, Georgia
ACI Award - 1993
Vistakon Corporation - Bridge Connection
Air Force Awards Program Nominee - 1992
Base Supply Support Center - Robins Air Force Base
Warner Robins, Georgia
State of Florida Governor's Design Award for Recreation Design - 1986
Chamber of Commerce Design Award - 1986
Prime Osborne Convention Center