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With a combined 55 years of experience in architecture, our accomplished, diverse team has more than $100 million worth of completed projects within the commercial, mixed-use, cultural, residential, and retail industries.

David Grooms | Principal, AIA, LEED AP

Founder and Managing Principal of Vega Architecture, David Grooms is the client’s advocate. He is involved in all the firm's work and ensures the overall vision and goals for the project are being met.

With more than a decade of experience as an architect, David has completed nearly $41 million of constructed projects. He has developed a reputation as a leader within the design, construction, and development community. He is an accomplished manager and designer who seamlessly synthesizes the many requirements of various entities, making sure no detail is missed. David has designed a wide-range of building construction types, from mid-rises in steel and concrete to free-standing retail buildings. He has repeatedly succeeded in designing elegant buildings based on simplicity and economy. His designs are marked by innovation and detail that creates value for the firm’s clients.

David is a capable administrator with an ability to balance schedule and budget. He has excellent communication skills. Since establishing Vega Architecture, he has increasingly gained the trust of many high profile clients including St. Charles Town Company, Natural Grocers, MAVD, Leadership Circle LLC, and McPherson Development.

Washington University in St. Louis, Master of Architecture, 2003
Trinity University in San Antonio, BA Psychology, 1999

architect license registration

Downtown Denver Partnership
The American Institute of Architects, Colorado
National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)


Laura Jean Yanoviak | Project Manager, AIA

One of the country's foremost BIM experts, Laura Yanoviak is at the forefront of architecture's move toward 3D planning. She is the driver behind Vega's cutting-edge technology foundation. As project manager, Laura is a master at inventing new efficiencies to increase productivity. Clients appreciate her ability to create accurate and attractive construction documents while successfully conveying design intent.

Laura is a registered architect in the State of Colorado with more than 24 years of professional experience. Her considerable talents have contributed to a variety of architectural and planning projects in Hawaii and Colorado. Laura has also managed and assisted principal project teams on assignments ranging from large-scale planning and commercial office structures to custom single-family homes.

University of Colorado, Bachelor of Environmental Design, 1989


Doug Poppe | Project Designer/Planner, LEED-AP BD+C, ND

With a passion for research, Doug Poppe is a natural at site planning and environment, and he has become Vega's in-house health department expert. He researches zoning and health codes thoroughly and ensures that all designs meet the necessary logistical needs.

A Milwaukee native who grew up in a DIY family, Doug knew from an early age that he wanted to get into an architecture-related field. He enjoys the challenge of finding the best, most interesting solutions for clients. He has proven success in hospitality and government service administration projects and worked with the City of Milwaukee to provide lead abatement grants and assistance to low-income, inner-city residents.

University of Colorado at Denver, Master of Architecture, Master of Urban & Regional Planning, 2012
University of Wisconsin—Milwaukee, Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies, Urban Planning Certificate, 2006


Christopher Grantham | Job Captain

With nearly a decade of experience in designing multifaceted projects, Chris is an expert at working with clients to design spaces that meet a diverse set of needs. His favorite part of the job is taking the concepts that emerge from working with clients and making them a reality.

Chris has 9 years of architectural experience in a variety of project types and sizes. Before joining the Vega team, he served as a project manager at a prominent architecture firm in California, primarily focused on work in the commercial, education, and residential markets.

University of Colorado, Boulder
Bachelor of Arts Humanities & Comparative Literature 2006


Kevin Grace | Job Captain LEED-AP

As job captain, Kevin Grace works closely with the clients and developers to make sure no detail is missed. Throughout his career he has honed his skills at understanding clients' goals and figuring out what needs to be done to achieve them.

Kevin grew up near the Ozarks in Missouri and then went to college at Kansas State University. After graduating, he moved to Aspen, Colorado, and worked at Hagman Architects doing high-end residential design. He worked closely with the clients to help them envision the home of their dreams. He also spent a lot of time climbing, hiking, snowboarding, and enjoying life in the mountains before moving downhill to Denver and joining the Vega team.

Kansas State University, Bachelor of Science in Architecture, 2007


Ashley Lauran Fruhwirth | Job Captain, LEED-GA

As job captain and designer, Ashley works with clients and Vega staff to coordinate projects, create drawings, and handle construction administration. On short deadlines she helps the team pull together and complete the project efficiently while maintaining Vega's exacting standards.

A Colorado native, Ashley has spent her career gaining architecture education and experience. In the DC area she worked at the retail-based firm Muvanny G2. In Colorado she has worked at architecture firms, a mechanical engineering firm, a “green” continuing education company, and a civil engineering firm. All of these past experiences give her the expertise necessary to ensure the high-quality experience Vega clients expect.

University of Virginia, Bachelors of Science in Architecture, 2006
University of Colorado at Denver, Masters of Architecture, 2010


Mark Powers | Cost Estimator

Mark leads preconstruction and estimating services for each phase of projects within our office. He works closely with Vega staff to develop and maintain our internal construction cost database. He performs Quality Assurance of jobs at the 99% level, including specs to ensure the bidding and building process moves forward without costly surprises. Mark is working with Laura Yanoviak in further developing our process for cost estimating each phase of projects tied to the quantity data from ArchiCAD.

Mark has worked in the construction industry for nearly 22 years. His previous experience includes Pre-Construction Manager for both Taylor Kohrs, LLC Colorado Division and BVB General Contractors. He has extensive experience in preconstruction planning, management and execution of GMP and lump sum commercial projects. He has proven estimating abilities in both the negotiated and hard bid markets with firsthand experience with commercial construction means, methods, sequencing and field operations.

University of Wisconsin-Stout, Bachelor of Science in Construction Management, 1992
North Dakota State University, Architecture, 1987-88


Sharon Otto | Office Manager