Lawrence & Mayo Banks on New Office

Agencies actually do get the last laugh sometimes, at least when it comes to their office space.
Lawrence & Mayo in Newport Beach, Calif., recently moved into sparkling new digs designed by Gensler Design and Planning Worldwide, also in Newport Beach. But the building the agency’s 34 staffers now call home wasn’t always so inviting: It used to house the agency’s former bank.
“They didn’t think we were good enough to give us a business loan when we started out in our little offices,” said Lynda Lawrence, agency principal and creative director. “Now they’re out of business and we’re having meetings in their vault.”
Indeed, the old bank vault, still with its original door and two-foot-thick concrete walls, is now the shop’s conference room. Stadium seating has been added to hold more people during presentations, and old teller stations now house backup computer data and master broadcast tapes.
Agency principal and creative director Bruce Mayo’s office reflects his own personal style, with a surfboard coffee table (held up by Lawrence’s old Macintosh computers) and his collection of almost “every advertising award annual ever published,” said Lawrence.
The new space also contains a basketball court in the account department, a purple computer studio, lime green pillars, and brushed aluminum, coiled metal screening and stainless steel millwork accents. A focus group room with a separate entrance was also added.
The move reflects the agency’s growth over the past year and half. The shop has almost tripled its staff, and added over $13 million in billings since last year.