Laura Gros

Gros began working for Paric, the general contractor of the College construction site, after a summer internship with the company in 2014. She graduated with a double major in civil and architectural engineering from Missouri University of Science & Technology, and the STLCOP building is her first project.

“I love the materials on this job. All that glass is just gorgeous. It sticks out. It’s modern and functional at the same time. It’s unique. For my first building, I think that’s pretty cool. A lot of people don’t get to say that their first building was a $50 million project.”

Gros’s mom, Titilola Gros ’01/’02, loves to drive by the STLCOP campus, especially now that her daughter is building something at her alma mater. “She loves it! It’s exciting.” Gros’s sister also spent a summer at STLCOP, enrolling in the BESt Pharmacy Institute for high school seniors (She is now a medical school student). Gros took engineering classes in high school and was immediately hooked. She knew this is what she wanted to do. “It’s crazy because when I was sitting in class, I was just reading all this stuff. But to actually see it is mind-blowing because there are so many different components that come together to make this awesome building. And what I love about this industry is that you’re always learning. There’s always something that’s going to be new—a new kind of technology or a different way that someone does something. I’m probably going to be learning until I retire.”

PARIC, Corporation was established in 1979 and is currently one of the largest privately held, St. Louis based, companies and ranked nationally in the ENR Top 200. As a premier General Contractor, Construction Manager, and Design/Builder PARIC provides a complete range of construction services, specializing in commercial, interiors, academic, healthcare, historic renovation, hospitality and entertainment, senior living, and multi-family. We are always on the forefront of construction advancements, utilizing the latest in virtual design and construction technology. PARIC partners with our clients to help build their vision by providing a level of quality and service that we believe is unmatched. Every day, PARIC is focused on Building Excellence to Move our Community Forward. For more information about PARIC visit, or follow them on Twitter at @ParicCorp.


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