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Archive: 2014

Apartment Complex at Centennial Olympic Park Gets Initial OK

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on December 18th, 2014

Atlanta Business Chronicle - Post Properties has received preliminary approval from Invest Atlanta to build an LRK-designed 407-unit apartment project adjacent to Centennial Olympic Park. Read more.

First Look at Demolition Work Inside Sears Crosstown

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on December 10th, 2014

Memphis Business Journal - This article takes a look inside Sears Crosstown as the demolition begins.  Read more.

LRK Recognized Nationally for Best Business Practices 2014

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on December 10th, 2014

LRK has been named to PSMJ’s Circle of Excellence. PSMJ Resources, Inc., a leading management consulting firm for the A/E industry, recognizes the top firms demonstrating sound business practices each year. Awards are based on performance metrics such as business development, operations, and staff retention. The firms were honored at a dinner on December 4th at the 2014 A/E/C Industry Summit in Orlando.

Transforming Communities

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on December 9th, 2014

Affordable Housing News - The LRK-designed Elysian, located in Baton Rouge, is featured in the winter issue of Affordable Housing News. According to the article, The Elysian sets a new standard in the city’s affordable housing stock with an outdoor kitchen and garden, playground, bike storage, and community room and fitness center. Offering convenient access to parks, restaurants, retail and a farmer’s market, The Elysian was also the recent recipient of the 2014 Good Growth Award.

Residences at CityWest Add to Apartment Construction in Westchase

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on December 8th, 2014

Houston ChronicleThe 266-unit CityWest is located in Houston’s Westchase District within walking distance of the Phillips 66 corporate headquarters, currently under construction. The contemporary architectural spirit of CityWest reflects the modern metropolis that is Houston and promises to be the first step in transforming the existing District into a walkable live/work environment. Read more.

Southern Charm

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on December 5th, 2014

Delta Magazine - One of LRK’s custom homes graces the cover and twelve pages of Delta Magazine’s November/December holiday issue. Although designed for a contemporary lifestyle, the home is inspired by classic Southern architecture and exudes an old-world charm. Pick up a copy of the magazine at the newsstand today!  

Building A Village: The Growing Trend of Mixed-Use Developments

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on December 3rd, 2014

High Ground – Frank Ricks is interviewed in this article that focuses on the growing trend of mixed-use development in Memphis. LRK projects, such as Crosstown, Harbor Town, and Overton Square, are featured. Read more.

The Long View: A Look Back at Harbor Town's First 25 Years

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on November 5th, 2014

High Ground – This article recounts the history, the challenges and success, of Harbor Town, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Congratulations, Harbor Town! Read more.

A Plan in Progress: A Guide to Downtown Developments on the South End

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on October 29th, 2014

High Ground - This article about the renaissance of the South Main District highlights multiple LRK projects, including the Hotel Chicsa renovation, South Junction, Artspace, Old Dominick Distillery, and the Main-to-Main Connector. Read more.

Restoration of Midtown Landmark Days Away

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on October 28th, 2014

The Daily News – Located on Union Avenue, the fate of the historic Nineteenth Century Club has been tenuous and at one point, demolition seemed inevitable. Thanks to a new owner, renovation plans are now underway and call for an upscale restaurant and event rental space. LRK is proud to be a part of the project team. Read more.

Spirited Revival

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on October 23rd, 2014

The Daily News - A 54,000-square-foot warehouse in the booming South Main District is being renovated for the Old Dominick Distillery. Read more for additional renovation details.

Central Library Preparing to Open New Teen Learning Lab Space

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on October 21st, 2014

The Daily News - Expectations for today's libraries are changing across the board, and LRK is currently working on a new learning lab in the Memphis Central Library that is being designed specifically for teenagers. Read more.

LRK is a Proud Sponsor of 2014 ULI Fall Meeting in New York City

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on October 20th, 2014

LRK is proud of its involvement with ULI-the Urban Land Institute both locally and nationally and we are honored to be a sponsor of the 2014 ULI Fall Meeting in New York City. LRK’s commitment to designing and creating sustainable thriving communities is synonymous with ULI’s mission and reflected in the designs of multiple ULI Award for Excellence projects including Memphis Ballpark Neighborhood, Harbor Town and Orlando's Baldwin Park.

LRK Honored to Receive Six Tennessee ASID Design Awards

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on October 17th, 2014

LRK is honored to have received six awards at the Tennessee ASID Design Awards ceremony on October 10, 2014.  Talis Park (Naples, FL), the West Osceola Branch Library (Celebration, FL), and Waterset Welcome Center (Tampa, FL) were First Place winners. The National Civil Rights Museum Administration Building (Memphis, TN) and the LIFT Wellness Center (Jackson, TN) received Merit awards, while the Waterset Welcome Center was also named Best in Show!  

Memphis International Airport Ground Transportation Center's Pedestrian Plaza Wins TN ASLA Award

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on October 7th, 2014

LRK is honored to have been a part of the project team for the Memphis International Airport Ground Transportation Center.  The pedestrian plaza design recently received an Honor Award at the annual conference of the TN Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. There were only 8 professional awards given statewide and just 3 for West TN projects. 

LRK Ranked 81 in ENR's Top 100 Green Buildings Design Firms

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on October 3rd, 2014

Engineering News Record - As further proof of our commitment to sustainability, LRK was recently ranked 81 in Engineering News Record's Top 100 Green Buildings Design Firms. Read more.

Harbor Town

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on September 30th, 2014

Memphis Magazine - This article takes a look at Harbor Town's founding and its growth and development over the past 25 years! Read more.

Krissy Buck is Named a Green Globes Professional

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on September 24th, 2014

LRK is excited to announce our first Green Globes Professional, Krissy Buck. LRK has always realized the importance of sustainable design and has implemented best practices ranging from smart growth principles to environmentally friendly products to LEED certification. With Krissy’s GGP certification, we now add Green Globes expertise to our portfolio. Krissy joined LRK in 2011, bringing with her a wealth of LEED project experience. Krissy has been involved with the certification efforts for five LEED Platinum projects and she is a USGBC Board Member for the Memphis Chapter. With a passion for sustainability, historic preservation and adaptive reuse, Krissy believes design should celebrate the history of a community and work within the existing fabric to create the perfect blend of old and new. Congratulations, Krissy.

Memphis Central Library will get $2M Teen Learning Lab

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on September 19th, 2014

Memphis Business Journal - Construction is beginning on a new 8,300-square-foot Teen Learning Lab in the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library. LRK is the architect. Read more.

Bloodworth: Greenways Increasing Residential Values

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on September 11th, 2014

The Daily News - This article discusses the Mid-South Regional Greenprint Sustainability Plan's goal of conserving and enhancing connectivity to natural assets across the region, also leading to increased property values. Read more

Redesigned, $15M Artspace Lofts Moves Forward in South Main

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on September 2nd, 2014

Memphis Business Journal - The Artspace Lofts are moving forward with plans to transform the old United Warehouse in downtown Memphis' South Main district into a 58-unit residential project with an outdoor arts garden and performance plaza.  Read more.

The Memphis Airport Is on a Mission to Become Its Own City

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on August 29th, 2014

CityLab - This article discusses the new $2 million Aerotropolis Master Plan and its goals to transform the 50-square- mile area around the Memphis International Airport. Read more.

Jackson Walk Receives Outstanding Planning Award for Implementation

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on August 29th, 2014

Jackson Walk received an Outstanding Planning Award for Implementation from the American Planning Association, Tennessee Chapter. The award was presented at a luncheon that was held on August 28, 2014 in conjunction with the Tennessee APA's annual conference in Nashville.

Greenprint Advocates Tout Range of Benefits

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on August 28th, 2014

The Daily News - This article discusses how the Mid-South Regional Greenprint and Sustainability Plan leverages our local natural resources and growing network of trails, providing more recreational opportunities, boosting the regional transportation system, promoting economic development, and building community. Read more.

Post 510 Receives NGBS Green Certification

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on August 11th, 2014

LRK-designed Post 510, a multifamily community located near the Museum District in Houston, has received NGBS Green Certification at the Bronze level of the 2008 National Green Building Standard. 

LRK Receives an AIA Tennessee Merit Award for the National Civil Rights Museum Administration Building

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on August 1st, 2014

LRK was honored with a Merit Award for the National Civil Rights Museum Administration Building at the 2014 Design Awards gala held in conjunction with AIA Tennessee's state convention. Fourteen projects were chosen from a field of 70 submittals. Read more.

Chisca Rebirth

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on August 1st, 2014

The Daily News - Despite years of neglect, many architectural gems in the 1913 Hotel Chisca building are salvageable. The $28 million historic renovation will feature 161 apartments, retail, and restaurant space. Read more.

Jackson Walk Receives Funding to Build Additional Housing

Posted by Andrew Trippel on July 30th, 2014

The Jackson Housing Authority in Jackson, TN, was awarded $190,330 by the Tennessee Housing Development Agency to build additional housing in the LRK-designed Jackson Walk development. Hal Crocker, Jackson Walk developer and a partner in Healthy Community LLC who will lead the new housing development, indicated that they will be focusing on smaller homes in a target redevelopment area that is part of Jackson Walk. Read more...

LiFT Wellness Center Wins Golden Aurora Award

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on July 29th, 2014

LRK was honored with multiple Aurora Awards, including the Golden Aurora Award, which is considered Best in Show. The Lake House at Fishhawk Ranch won an Aurora Award and a Grand Aurora Award in the Recreational Facility/Community Clubhouse category, and the LiFT Wellness Center won an Aurora Award, Grand Aurora Award - Best of State TN, and the Golden Aurora Award. The awards banquet was held in conjunction with the Southeast Building Conference on July 26th at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando.

New Phase Launches in $93M Cleaborn Homes Redevelopment

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on July 25th, 2014

Memphis Business Journal - Construction is about to start on the fourth and final phase of the Cleaborn Homes redevelopment. Read more.

D. Canale & Co. to Build Old Dominick Distillery in Memphis

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on July 18th, 2014

Modern Distillery Age - Memphis-based food and beverage wholesale and distributor, D. Canale & Co., has announced it is building Old Dominick, a public distillery and tasting room in downtown Memphis.  A 1920s warehouse is being renovated for the distillery, which plans to begin operations next summer and open to the public in fall of 2015. LRK is providing architectural services for the renovation. Read more.

FedExFamilyHouse

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on July 1st, 2014

At Home Memphis & MidSouth - This article relays the history of FedExFamilyHouse, beginning as the vision of a local community leader to the extensive volunteer network that supports the facility today. FedExFamilyHouse aims to provide a flexible, home-like environment for families with a critically ill child being treated at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital. LRK provided both architectural and interior design services. Read more.

Trademark's Saddle Creek Transformation Underway

Posted by Andrew Trippel on July 1st, 2014

Fort Worth-based Trademark recently announced that the NEW Saddle Creek is taking shape in Germantown, TN. Demolition has commenced on 20,000 square feet of existing space, which will be replaced with an additional 40,000 square feet of new retail space in that area. Scheduled for completion in 2015, the NEW Saddle Creek will offer 168,000 square feet of retail space with remodeled building exteriors, facade improvements, and upgraded amenities throughout the property. Redesign was led by LRK principal Victor Buchholz. Read more...

Heart of Arlington

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on June 26th, 2014

The Daily News – Arlington, Tennessee is one of the fastest growing communities in the state, and local business owners and officials believe the historic Depot Square is primed for growth. A recently completed Depot Square master plan that LRK created identifies areas for new commercial businesses and redevelopment while maintaining the small town charm. The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development has also selected Arlington to participate in the Tennessee Downtown programs, an improvement program for traditional commercial districts. There were only six towns selected, and Arlington was the only one in west Tennessee. Read more.

City of Jackson Recepient of TML Achievement Award for Excellence in Community Wellness

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on June 25th, 2014

In recognition of Jackson's efforts in building wellness into the very fabric of the community, the city was recognized with a 2014 Achievement Award for Excellence in Community Wellness during the Tennessee Municipal League’s 75th Annual Conference in Chattanooga on June 24, 2014. Jackson Walk and the LiFT Wellness Center were seen as significant contributors in a community-wide health and wellness initiative.  

Memphis International Airport Ground Transportation Center Winner of International Parking Institute Awards

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on June 24th, 2014

The Memphis International Airport Ground Transportation Center was the recent recipient of two awards from the International Parking Institute’s Awards of Excellence. The parking facility won an Award of Excellence in Category V (Best Parking Facility Rehabilitation or Restoration) and an Award of Merit in Category II (Best Design of a Parking Facility with 800 or More Spaces). The awards were presented at the IPI Conference & Expo in Grapevine, Texas on Tuesday, June 3, 2014.

Local Firms Benefiting from Cycling, Walking Paths

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on June 21st, 2014

The Daily News - This article focuses on the 150 miles of new trails and bike lanes that have been planned in the Memphis area over the past three years. Features the Main to Main Street Multimodal Connector project and the Mid-South Greenprint and Sustainability Plan. Read more.

Team Setting

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on June 21st, 2014

The Daily News - Rebecca Courtney is quoted in this article which explores the growing trend of collaborative office space and discusses how shared space fosters creativity and productivity. Read more.

Developers Pull $115M in Permits for Sears Crosstown

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on June 4th, 2014

The Commercial Appeal - The contractor has pulled the first permits for the $180 million redevelopment of Sears Crosstown. Read more.

Deliver Smaller Floor Plans that Live Large

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on May 28th, 2014

Builder - This discussion, featuring both J. Carson Looney and Mike Sullivan, focuses on how to design smaller homes with more livability and functionality. Read more.

Focus on Dramatic, Low-Cost Interior Elements

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on May 28th, 2014

Builder - Mike Sullivan and J. Carson Looney share their ideas on how thoughtful design details can create more value for a home. Read more.

Boost Curb Appeal Without Breaking the Bank

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on May 28th, 2014

Builder - This article, with quotes from both J. Carson Looney and Mike Sullivan, explains how designing classic, properly scaled elevations can boost curb appeal while also being cost effective. Read more.

Post Proposes 400 Apartments by Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on May 23rd, 2014

Atlanta Business Chronicle - Downtown Atlanta is experiencing more multifamily development than it has seen in the past decade with the LRK-designed Post Centennial Park apartments leading the way. The brownstone-inspired apartments will promote a more pedestrian friendly neighborhood. Read more.

Relaxed Living in Baton Rouge

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on May 15th, 2014

Builder Perkins Lane, a mixed-use infill development in the heart of Baton Rouge just minutes away from Louisiana State University, was designed with open floor plans that maximize indoor/outdoor relationships and feature large, usable courtyards. Read more.

Power Players

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on May 13th, 2014

Congratulations to Frank Ricks for being named to Memphis Business Quarterly's annual Power Players list of top architects.

Toof Building Undergoes $5 Million Renovation

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on May 7th, 2014

High Ground - The Toof Building, built in 1913, is currently getting a makeover, and LRK is providing architectural services. The design for the five-story mixed-use renovation will feature 60 apartments above ground-floor retail.

Jackson Amphitheater

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on May 7th, 2014

Jackson Sun - This article features the amphitheater that was designed as part of the Jackson Walk neighborhood. A summer concert series launched last week, providing a opportunity for the community to get together and socialize.

Winners by Design

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on April 28th, 2014

The Commercial Appeal - LRK won three of the six awards handed out at the 2014 AIA Memphis Design Awards ceremony Saturday night. The National Civil Rights Museum Administrative Offices won an Honor Award of Excellence, the highest honor, and the LiFT Wellness Center and Waterset Welcome Center both won Merit Awards.

Jackson Walk on List of Top 13 Developments

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on April 25th, 2014

Jackson Sun - Although Jackson Walk was considered somewhat of a gamble initially, the community is now considered by the Urban Land Institute to be one of the best 13 developments in the world that contribute to healthy living. Features quotes from developer Hal Crocker.

The Preserve at Harveston

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on April 17th, 2014

The Preserve at Harveston is a new 1,400-acre pedestrian-oriented TND in Baton Rouge. Inspired by classic southern neighborhoods and streetscapes, phase one of The Preserve at Harveston features gracious homes, a community center, pool, walking trails, a 15-acre park, and lakes, all nestled amongst a nature preserve. LRK provided planning services and architecture for single family homes and the village post office.  Phase one is currently under construction.

To a Tee

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on April 16th, 2014

inRegister - The April issue of inRegister magazine features an LRK-designed home in Baton Rouge. Mike Sullivan designed this comfortable home for Lisette and Andres Prieto to meet the needs of their family's active lifestyle and reflect the region's vernacular architecture.

Pursuing Business Case of Healthy Building

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on April 15th, 2014

GlobeSt.com – Report covers the newly released ULI publication, Building for Wellness: The Business Case, which features Jackson Walk.

Memphis Public Library Voted Most Beautiful

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on April 15th, 2014

The LRK-designed Memphis Public Library & Information Center won "Best in Show" during a recent nationwide online photography contest!  Awards will be presented during National Library Week, April 13-19.

The Residences at La Cantera Open

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on April 14th, 2014

Leasing has begun at The Residences at La Cantera! Located adjacent the newest phase of The Shops of La Cantera in San Antonio, Texas, The Residences at La Cantera is a $50 million, urban-style mixed-use development incorporating 323 high-end apartments and more than 4,000 square feet of amenity retail space.

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Building for Wellness

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on April 11th, 2014

ULI - Jackson Walk is one of thirteen projects featured in the ULI report, Building for Wellness: The Business Case. In the report developers share their motivation for incorporating a variety of health and wellness features in their projects, how these features factored into the overall development and operations process, and how the market has responded. The report was released at ULI’s Spring Council Meeting in Vancouver, April 9 – 11, 2014.

What Smart Cities Can Learn From Memphis

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on April 2nd, 2014

Pop City – This article describes how city and civic leaders have worked together to spur revitalization across Memphis. The Mid-South Regional Greenprint Plan, Sears Crosstown and Overton Square are among the LRK projects mentioned.

Ribbon Cutting for One of Baton Rouge's Newest Projects, The Elysian

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on March 25th, 2014

A ribbon cutting will be held today, March 25th, at 3 pm to celebrate the grand opening one of Baton Rouge’s newest projects, The Elysian. The LRK-designed multifamily project will feature convenient access to downtown Baton Rouge, pedestrian oriented streetscapes, porches and balconies, a community room and fitness center, playground area, bike racks, outdoor gathering space and an outdoor kitchen.  http://www.liveattheelysian.com

County Commission approves Sears Crosstown Funding

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on March 11th, 2014

Memphis Business Journal - The Sears Crosstown redevelopment has received the last major piece of funding that will allow the project to commence. Construction is expected to begin in spring 2014 and initial occupancy is planned for spring 2016.

Why Smart Builders Care About Walkability

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on February 28th, 2014

Builder Magazine - J. Carson Looney is quoted in this discussion of the increasing popularity of walkable communities and why designing pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods makes good business sense.

Hampline Recalls Overton Park Interstate Plans

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on February 27th, 2014

Daily News - An update on the status of the Overton Broad Connector project, now known as the Hampline.

Overton Square Wins MBJ's Building Memphis Awards Best Repurposing or Conversion Project

Posted on February 25th, 2014

Memphis Business Journal - Overton Square Wins Building Memphis Awards Best Repurposing or Conversion Project.

Breaking Through

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on February 24th, 2014

The Daily News - Frank Ricks featured in an article discussing how women are shattering the glass ceiling, both locally and nationally.

LRK's New Website Winner of Memphis Addy Silver Award

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on February 23rd, 2014

The Memphis chapter of the American Advertising Federation hosted its annual awards ceremony on February 22nd at the Memphis Zoo, and LRK's new website was the winner of a Silver Award.

LRK Projects Receive Best in American Living Awards

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on February 20th, 2014

Best in American Living Awards - LRK projects receive national awards from the Best in American Living Awards. Van Vleet Flats in Memphis won a Silver Award in the Multifamily Adaptive Reuse category. Paradise Dawn in Daytona Beach won multiple awards including a Gold Award for One-of-a-Kind Home over 6,501 sq. ft.

Azalea Court Breaks Ground in Houston's River Oaks District

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on February 6th, 2014

Houston Business Journal - LRK-designed Azalea Court Breaks Ground in Houston's River Oaks District.

U.S. News & World Report Ranks River Inn as Best Memphis Hotel

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on February 5th, 2014

U.S. News & World Report - Designed by LRK, River Inn of Harbor Town ranks #1 out of 192 Memphis Hotels based on an evaluation of expert ratings and awards, as well as user reviews. The hotel scored high enough to make the U.S. News list of the Best Hotels in Memphis.

2014 Forecast Promising for Memphis Commercial Real Estate Development

Posted by Andrew Trippel on January 29th, 2014

The Daily News - Amos Maki with Memphis' The Daily News surveys a variety of exciting commercial real estate opportunities that are in development or planning and design phase, or that could potentially move forward in 2014. The Sears Crosstown and Overton Square projects are reviewed in detail.

Main to Main Construction Begins

Posted by Sophorn Kuoy on January 20th, 2014

The Main Street to Main Street Multi-Modal Connector Project begins construction on the first of five segments - the North Main segment from Henry Avenue to Keel Avenue in Uptown. When all five segments are complete, the improvements will connect Uptown across Harahan Bridge to West Memphis making a path that is both pedestrian and bike friendly. To read more about the project or to keep up with the construction progress, go to Main2Main.com.

John S Wilder Rebuild Tennessee Award

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on January 14th, 2014

John S Wilder Rebuild Tennessee Award - Jackson Walk received the John S Wilder Rebuild Tennessee Award, presented by the Tennessee Development District Association and the Southwest Tennessee Development District.

A Look at the Chisca Hotel Design

Posted by Sophorn Kuoy on January 10th, 2014

Memphis Business Journal - Remediation and renovations have begun, converting the historic Hotel Chisca into a 159-unit apartment building with ground floor commercial space. With an expected 18 months for completion, here's a look at the proposed design drawings and renderings.