Creating High-Quality Solutions for Government Clients

LWPB Design Group provides expertise in architecture, engineering, and consulting services as a trusted partner to our Federal clients.  Our team includes seasoned project managers, architects, and engineers that have been working in this industry for well over a two decades, supporting all branches of the U.S. Government, domestically and abroad. Our personnel have worked throughout the continental United States and overseas, including in-country, in theatre, in contingency environments.

We have worked with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, U.S. Air Force, National Guard, Department of State, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Veterans Affairs, U.S. Postal Service, General Services Administration, Department of Energy, and many others. We have contracted directly with the Federal Government and, indirectly, through design-build contractors in support of design-build projects, infrastructure, and buildings.

Our experience includes Aircraft Hangars, Administrative Facilities, Education Facilities (K-12), Entry Control Points, Fire Stations, Highways & Bridges, Operations Facilities, Training & Simulator Facilities, Vehicle Maintenance Facilities, Distribution Facilities, Water/Wastewater Treatment, SCIFs, and RFP Bridging Documents covering both new construction and renovation

Specialized Experience

  • SRM Projects – Over 100 SRM projects at Tinker Air Force Base (TAFB)
  • Recreational Facilities – Over 100 facilities including gymnasiums, baseball, softball and soccer fields
  • Dormitories / Lodging – 226-person dorm, TAFB, 144-person dorm TAFB, Dorm Quality of Life upgrades DB RFP, renovate temp quarters, Sheppard AFB, Whole Neighborhood Revitalization, Fort Sill
  • Aircraft Facilities – New Hangars, Hangar additions and Hangar renovations
  • Childcare Facilities – Over 35 childcare facilities
  • ICD/ ICS 705 (SCIF) – Current and past experience with current SCIF requirements for the Air Force and Navy
  • ATFP – Over 100 projects with ATFP
  • HPSB & LEED – 1 LEED Certified, 8 LEED Silver, 5 LEED Gold, Energy Audits
  • East Side District and B-21 Area Development Plan, Tinker AFB, OK

Significant Experience

  • 220 Design-Build projects
  • 2,000 New Construction projects
  • 500 Alteration projects
  • 500 Renovation/Repair projects, including 200 in Occupied Facilities
  • 50 Preventive Maintenance projects
  • 10 Heavily Mechanical projects
  • 300 projects valued more than $10-M
  • Over $700 million in design build construction value over the last 10 years

Related Services

  • Architecture & Interior Design
  • Site/Civil Engineering
  • M/E/P Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Transportation Engineering 
  • Geotechnical Engineering 
  • Water/Wastewater Engineering 
  • Environmental Program 
  • Management GIS / Asset 
  • Management Survey & Mapping 
  • Planning and Master Planning 
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Permitting
  • Construction Mgmt./Inspection 
  • Sustainable Design


  • Preparation of Full Plans and Specifications
  • Preparation of Design Build Requests for Proposal
  • Site Investigations
  • Facility Condition Assessments
  • Programming (DD1391)
  • Planning & Design Charrettes
  • Programming Studies
  • Traffic Planning
  • Building Information Modeling (BIM)
  • Energy Modeling
  • Preparation of Reports, Studies, Design Criteria/Design Analysis Documents
  • Sustainable Design Documentation
  • 3D Scanning
  • GIS & Asset Management​
  • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Documentation
  • Construction Cost Estimating

Federal Projects

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In 20+ years with the firm, Rick has been the lead architect on many of LWPB’s most significant federal and education projects, exceeding $400 million in total construction value. Most recently, his primary emphasis has been the development of our federal and design-build portfolio. As one of only a few certified Design Build Professional (DBIA) architects in Oklahoma, he is uniquely positioned to deliver cost effective design-build projects without sacrificing good design. As a principal design architect and project manager, Rick brings a vast range of experience and deep passion for architecture to every project. A rarity for a true “design architect,” Rick has a sixth sense for managing costs, schedule and constructability issues. This unique balance of high design and practicality has made Rick a favorite with design build contractors, government clients and construction managers alike.

Rick Siler


Ronald M. Schirato, PE, LEED AP

Vice President, Federal

Ronald M. Schirato
Vice President, Federal


Cache Bond Issue

Oakdale Playground

Jones High School

Creating Forward-thinking Educational Spaces for Schools

LWPB is a leading provider of architectural and interior design services for schools.  Founding partners Wendell Locke and Bob Wright set the standard of excellence with their creative problem-solving approach. Over the decades, LWPB has earned a reputation as an outstanding educational design firm.  Teamwork, stewardship and a keen understanding of teaching & learning spaces are hallmarks of our partnerships with schools.

Education Projects – Over 1,500

Specialized Experience

  • Renovations
  • Early Childhood Centers
  • Elementary Schools
  • Middle Schools
  • High Schools
  • Vocational
  • Higher Ed
  • Athletic Projects – sports fields, tracks, grandstands, gymnasiums, indoor training, natatoriums
  • District Administration Buildings
  • Long-range Facility Plans – 5-year and 10-year plans
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Related Services

  • Pre-Design
    • Long-range facility planning
    • Site selection
    • Site master planning
    • Educational programming
    • Bond promotion
  • Architecture
    • Building evaluation
    • Building design
    • Facility renovation & restoration
  • Interior Design
    • Interior architecture
    • Furniture needs assessments
    • Furniture design/procurement
    • Graphics
    • Signage/wayfinding
  • Specialty Services

Education Projects

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Jeff Wegener, AIA, ALEP

Principal, K12 Director

Looking for an expert in school design? Jeff has nearly 40 years of specialized experience for educational facilities. In his 20 years with LWPB, Jeff has been responsible for planning and designing hundreds of education projects in Oklahoma. Jeff’s work has run the gamut from master plans to sports design, STEM environments to student safety. When searching for an architect with more knowledge and experience, you’ll be hard-pressed to find one. Educators and administrators rely on Jeff’s ever-present creativity, programming expertise and insistence on high quality design and contract documents. Jeff has a passion for working with educators and is an Accredited Learning Environment Planner or “ALEP,” one of only three in the state. As founder of the Oklahoma Green Schools Program, Jeff has become known as “the green schools guy,” pursuing his other passion of promoting environmental stewardship for students across the state.

Jeff Wegener
Principal, K12 Director


Christian Ballard, AIA

Principal, K12 Specialist

Christian received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1993, from the University of California, Berkeley.
He successfully completed their Pre-Medicine program and graduated with certification as a single-source instructor for Secondary Education in Biology. Upon graduation, he accepted an offer to train for the Modern Pentathlon at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. After a career-ending injury in an Equestrian Event, Christian entered the University of Oklahoma’s College of Architecture where in 1998, he graduated top in his class with a Master of Architecture Degree.
Since graduation, Christian has spent the last 22 years being intimately involved and dedicated to his clients. Christian has used this non-traditional path to Architecture to work primarily in the Design of Education Environments. His leadership has resulted in the completion of nearly 100 Education projects all throughout the State of Oklahoma, including dozens of Sports Facilities and Complexes.
In the end, Christian understands that the Design and Construction process is temporal. As we at LWPB, do our job well, the facilities we design will be around for future generations to appreciate and to continue to be used as permanent, functional and beautiful buildings. Christian is honored to have this responsibility which is why he is so committed to doing the best possible job for our schools and to continue to be a life-long learner just as our educators instruct.

Christian Ballard
Principal, K12 Specialist


Angie Clarkson, IIDA

Interior Design Dept. Leader, Educational Programmer

Angie graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2001 (Go Pokes!). An NCIDQ Certified Interior designer since 2006, Angie has established herself as a versatile interior designer for K-12 and higher education, corporate, federal and healthcare projects. Angie has extensive experience in programming, space planning, interior architectural design, and furniture, fixtures and equipment (FF&E). In all her work, Angie looks for ways to fully merge form and function. She believes that the best interior environments project a sense of energy and purpose and should reflect each client’s unique identity. With her skill and creativity, Angie is an integral part of the project team during all phases of design.

Angie Clarkson
Interior Design Dept. Leader, Educational Programmer


Oklahoma City

3817 NW Expressway,
Suite 840

Oklahoma City, OK


Patience S. Latting Northwest Library

More Than Half a Century of Excellence

Founded in 1962, LWPB Architecture is a leading provider of architectural and interior design services for Community, Federal, and Educational clients. Dedicated to providing personalized services and solutions uniquely tailored to our clients, LWPB has successfully completed more than 2,000 projects in Oklahoma and the surrounding region. With offices located in Oklahoma City and Norman, we have a strong local presence, providing services for nearby municipalities, school districts, and federal government clients.

Specialized Project Experience

  • Renovations and Additions
  • Fire Stations
  • Libraries
  • Golf Clubhouses
  • Community Centers
  • Lodges and Recreation Facilities
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Related Services

  • Pre-Design
    • Feasibility Studies
    • Master Planning
    • Programming
    • Bond Promotion
  • Architecture
    • Building Evaluation
    • Building Design
    • Facility Renovation & Restoration
    • Bidding and Negotiation
    • Construction Administration
  • Interior Design
    • Space Planning
    • FFE (Furniture, Fixtures, and Equipment)
    • Graphics
    • Signage
  • Specialty Services
    • 3D imagery
    • Renderings

Community Projects

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Craig A. Foster, AIA


Craig is a graduate of Oklahoma State University and has been a licensed Architect since 1995. He has extensive experience in higher education, cultural, athletic, recreation and commercial projects. Clients and design partners alike have come to rely on Craig’s construction knowledge, design sensibility, and responsiveness to changing project demands to make their projects successful. The consummate contract manager, Craig shepherds his projects from programming through construction, skillfully troubleshoots with designers, engineers and contractors, and never loses sight of the original vision for the project. Craig is that rare blend of “big picture” and “detail” guy – he has mastered the art of making smart design decisions, while still keeping an eye on potential pitfalls further down the road.

Craig A. Foster


James Howard, AIA


As the newest Principal, James Howard is an important part of the LWPB team. With over 20 years of professional experience, James has effectively led the design and production of multi-million dollar projects while satisfying complex program requirements and meeting the budget goals of our clients through skillful communication and attention to detail. This experience has been applied in a wide range of project types including educational, federal, municipal, and commercial facilities. James is also a civic volunteer having served on the Norman Planning Commission and a variety of City of Norman coalitions to study community needs. He is currently serving on the Board of Adjustments. Beyond his passion for architecture, James finds great personal satisfaction in helping people achieve their professional and personal goals.

James Howard


Oklahoma City

3817 NW Expressway,
Suite 840

Oklahoma City, OK