After an exhaustive search of the city of Memphis, as well as other cities across the nation, ServiceMaster decided on renovating the long-vacant Peabody Place Mall for their new corporate headquarters. In an effort to consolidate locations and bring 1,200 employees under one roof, the four-story Peabody Place will be transformed into a 328,000-square-foot Class A, LEED certified office space. The 20,000-square-foot ground floor space, formerly occupied by Tower Records, will also be transformed into a collaborative technology and innovation center. LRK is providing architectural core and shell services for the renovation and prepared initial vision documents to present design possibilities to ServiceMaster, Belz, and the Downtown Memphis Commission.
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When renovations to the National Civil Rights Museum’s exhibition space required their offices to be moved, an adjacent nondescript warehouse was selected and restored as the most suitable new location. The front façade, a massive solid masonry plane, alludes to the formidable barriers of the Civil Rights era, while a new entry, accented by a single point of light, symbolizes hope in a future of equality. Skylights allow daylight into the open office area, and glass fronts at private offices maintain a sense of spaciousness. Historic building materials thoughtfully blend with modern, while the color palette recalls the signage of the Lorraine Motel.
Designed to serve the Starling neighborhood of FishHawk Ranch, the Starling Club features two pools, one with a splash area, lounge, and game room. A separate building houses a cardio room and kids playroom, while outside a playground and open field are perfect for community gatherings. FishHawk Ranch offers a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood with 25 miles of nature trails winding throughout the development and easy access to schools, restaurants, and shopping.
Meadowbrook Park, formerly a 136-acre golf and country club facility, is re-envisioned in a plan that retains 90.49-acres of the original site as a public park and focuses on existing centrally-located ponds. Two new residential neighborhoods flank the ponds with a mix of single family homes, attached homes, luxury apartments, and a senior living complex. An inn with restaurant and ancillary commercial spaces is centrally-located in a garden alongside the northernmost pond. The neighborhood form and building locations preserve mature trees and blend with the park through a formal frontage, green courtyard connections, and neighborhood parklettes that act as a continuation of the park experience.
The James is located on the south end of Midlane, a mixed-use development in the River Oaks neighborhood of Houston, Texas. The James is phase one of the overall Streetlights Residential development known as The Azalea. Traditionally designed around an entry courtyard and motor entrance, the building is eight stories of brick and cast stone with a mix of residential types from townhouses and large corner units to studio and one bedrooms. The James has 344 units with luxury amenities, including a full-service resident-only bar, a fully-outfitted supper kitchen and dining room, and a state-of-the-art media and communal living room. The building is anchored around a split-level landscaped courtyard that combines brick walks, outdoor cooking, and a resort-style pool. The James is also served by a six-level integrated parking garage.