Builder - Newland Communities’ chief marketing officer, Teri Slavik-Tsuyuki, was the recent recipient of a 2015 William S. Marvin Hall of Fame for Design Excellence Award. LRK has worked with Newland Communities for nearly 10 years on communities such as Embrey Mill in Virginia and Waterset and FishHawk Ranch in Florida. Photographs of three LRK-designed projects are featured in the article, as well as quotes from principal Mark Jones. Since 2005 the Wm. S. Marvin Hall of Fame for Design Excellence has been celebrating architects and builders with a legacy of delivering remarkable residential design and timeless communities. In 2007 LRK’s Carson Looney was inducted into the Wm. S. Marvin Hall of Fame for his quality-of-life design solutions that are based on timeless principles of architecture. Read more.
The Commercial Appeal - One Commerce Square just became the first downtown Memphis office building to receive LEED Gold certification. LRK designed the renovation of the 30-story building and managed the LEED process. The owners of One Commerce Square have seen energy savings of 45% or $138,000 annual cost savings. Read more.
The Commercial Appeal - Stakeholder meetings were held in Germantown last week to find the highest and best uses for the 303-acre Forest Hill Heights site, specifically dense development that would generate the most tax revenue for the city. Based on public input, some suggested uses include one- and two-story residential, retail, and office buildings interspersed with green spaces. LRK is master planner and is leading the public stakeholder process. Read more.
Professional Builder Magazine - The November cover story, "Mixed Use Revitalizes Urban Areas," shows examples of revitalization around the country, including LRK project Eddy Street Commons, at the gateway to the University of Notre Dame. LRK principals, Victor Buchholz and Frank Ricks, explain more about the design approach in this article. Read more.
The Commercial Appeal - The Shops of Saddle Creek expansion has announced 7 new nationally-known tenants including Apple, Vom Fass, Stoney River Steakhouse and Grill, Select Comfort, Lily Rain, Soft Surroundings, and Kendra Scott Jewelry, which just opened for business today. They join major brand Michael Kors, which opened this past summer. LRK provided architectural services for the retail expansion - 140,000 square feet of shopping and dining venues set in a walkable pedestrian-oriented landscape with a timeless blend of contemporary and transitional architecture, all within the City of Germantown’s Smart Growth District. Read more.
At Home Memphis & MidSouth - An LRK-designed home graces the cover and eight pages of the November issue of At Home Memphis & MidSouth. Homeowners, Leslie and Alper Cetingok, searched with their realtor for over a year to find the perfect house before turning to Carson Looney to design a home custom tailored to their needs. With Carson’s guidance, the home was designed to be light and airy, European in feel, and highly functional and livable. Read more.
Memphis Daily News - New owners, Walk-Off Properties LLC, have purchased the long-vacant building on the corner of Madison and N. Fourth Street for a mixed-use redevelopment. In the article, LRK principals, Rob Norcross and Frank Ricks, talk about the plans for redeveloping the Hickman Building and adjacent garage. Ground floor retail, office, and residential is currently being studied as the mix of building uses. Read more.
The Daily News - Mixed-use projects are becoming more popular than ever in Memphis as millennials are leading a drive to return to the urban core. With an eye towards sustainability, previously disregarded neighborhoods are being developed into more livable pedestrian-friendly communities and adaptive reuse is on the rise. This article lists over eight notable mixed-use projects designed by LRK as successful examples. Read more.
Best in American Living Magazine - The most recent issue of the NAHB's Best in American Living e-magazine features an article entitled “It’s All in the Details: The Front Porch,” written by Carson Looney. The article includes tips on how to design a great porch and highlights multiple LRK projects. Read more.
Houston Business Journal – The first model homes have opened in Somerset Green, a new luxury townhome community located in Houston. This European-inspired community features a guarded gatehouse and a 5,000-square-foot amenity center with walking paths, pocket parks, and water canals interspersed throughout. LRK provided architectural services for the amenity center and gatehouse and created a 3D model to assist builders and buyers envision the neighborhood. LRK also crafted design guidelines and a regulating plan to help bring the developer's vision to reality and to create greater value. Read more.
Northjersey.com - A redevelopment plan has been approved for a 19.7-acre waterfront site in Hackensack, New Jersey. The plan includes 700 residential units, commercial space, a hotel, public amenities, and a river walk with access to the Hackensack River. LRK is providing planning services. Read more.
NJTOD.org - Work on the Pearl Street redevelopment is underway in downtown Metuchen. The project will transform one of the Borough’s surface parking lots into a mixed-use project with residential, commercial, public space, and a parking garage. Located one block from Main Street, the redevelopment is also easily accessible from the Metuchen Station. LRK services included preparing the vision plan and master plan; public space framework including the performance standards for the “shared space” concept surrounding the town square; urban design, architectural and landscape design standards; zoning; and design review. Read more.
The Daily News - Plans were announced today to demolish the empty eight-story Artisan Hotel on the corner of Union Avenue and McLean Boulevard and replace it with a $43 million mixed-use project consisting of 188 apartments, 10,521 square feet of ground floor commercial space, a 30,500-square-foot national gourmet grocery store, and 513-space parking deck. LRK is providing architectural services. Read more.
Centraljersey.com - LRK recently helped facilitate a public input process and developed a vision plan for Downtown Hightstown. The aim of the plan is to create an active waterfront promenade that is unique to the region with retail, restaurants, and plenty of open space for entertainment and public activities. Read more.
LRK was honored to win the Professional Division Award in USGBC's recent Paper Power competition. USGBC's Memphis Chapter sponsors this annual event to raise awareness about waste and recycling, explore creative ways to reuse unwanted materials, and to teach the community about design and construction techniques.
The Commercial Appeal - The ArtSpace Lofts are one step closer to construction, thanks to an anonymous $500,000 challenge grant. So far 95% of the $14 million funding goal has been reached. ArtSpace's purpose is to provide reasonably priced housing and studio space for local artists. LRK is the architect. Read more.
The Jackson Sun -The City of Jackson has received a National Award for Smart Growth Achievement for Jackson Walk. The award, given by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, was one of three given nationally out of 48 applications from 19 states. Jackson is the first and only Tennessee city to ever receive the award.
The Daily News - This week some of the first residents will begin moving into The Plaza, the newer of the two buildings comprising The Chisca on Main. Originally built in 1961, the building features 32 units on four floors. Construction on the Chisca redevelopment is expected to be entirely completed by year’s end and will consist of an additional 129 units in the historic Chisca Hotel building, as well as two ground-floor restaurants, including a Lyfe Kitchen and a second, yet to be identified. Read more.
The Commercial Appeal - Initial plans for the renovation of the historic Tennessee Brewery building (c. 1890) and the new adjacent Wash House apartments were recently submitted to the Memphis and Shelby County Office of Planning and Development.The $27.5 million restoration project consists of the seven-story Brewery building, which will feature 58 residential units and ground-floor commercial space, and the new six-story, 90-unit apartment building designed to complement the historic Brewery. Read more.
Take a virtual tour through the new University of Memphis Men's Basketball Training Facility, breaking ground this fall. LRK provided architectural and interior design services.
The Dallas Morning News - A collaboration between LRK’s Memphis, Baton Rouge, and Little Rock offices, The McKenzie is a 22-story luxury apartment building currently under construction near Dallas’ Highland Park neighborhood. Designed for empty nesters desiring a rental community with upscale amenities, The McKenzie will feature valet, concierge service, 24-hour doorman, resident bar, private gardens, outdoor dining, supper club area, and fitness area. Read more.
Azul Baldwin Park was honored with multiple Aurora Awards including Grand Aurora Awards in the Green High-Rise/Mid-Rise Multifamily Development category and in the Rental Apartment Community Density of 15 or More Units Per Acre category. The Aurora Awards were presented at the Southeast Builders Conference (SEBC) Black Tie Gala event at the Rosen Center in Orlando, Florida on July 18, 2015. Awards are presented to outstanding builders, planners, architects, developers, designers, and interior merchandisers within a twelve state southeastern and eastern Caribbean region.
The Des Moines Register - Adjacent to Altoona’s Bass Pro Shops and visible from Interstate 80, Prairie Crossing has grown into a 230-acre development that includes over 600 single and multifamily residences, retail, offices, hotels and restaurants in a pedestrian-friendly environment. The LRK-planned community also features a canal, small lake, and public plaza for residents, workers and shoppers to enjoy. Read more.
Memphis Business Journal - A building permit has been filed to construct the University of Memphis' new indoor basketball practice facility. The LRK-designed building will feature one full-size court with four basketball goals, weight/fitness rooms and performance center, Hall of Fame, sports medicine facilities, academic space, ticket office, media accomodations, and basketball operations offices. Construction is expected to be complete in fall 2016. Read more.
Memphis Business Journal - Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare is transforming a former Anthem Career College facility into a "Technology/Information Services Campus." A complete interior renovation is being planned in an effort to consolidate all of Methodist's IT resources, as well as biomedical and clinical engineering departments. LRK is parterning with Methodist and Belz Construction on the renovation. Read more.
LRK has once again 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 13 key performance metrics such as business development, operations, and staff retention. LRK is one of 66 national firms to be recognized. The firms will be honored at this year’s A/E/C Industry Summit to be held in San Francisco on December 3-4, 2015.
The Daily News - Only two months after the plan was formally released, the Mid-South Regional Greenprint and Sustainability Plan received the Excellence in Sustainability Award for a Plan from the American Planning Association's Sustainable Communities Division. Now eight juisdictions have accepted the plan's adoption resolution, giving significant momentum to the Greenprint initiative. Read more.
LRK's Memphis principals, J. Carson Looney, Frank Ricks, Tony Pellicciotti, Victor Buchholz, Rebecca Courtney and Rob Norcross, were recently featured in the city's latest edition of The Scout Guide. Be sure to look for a copy when you're out and about in Memphis!
Thomasville Times-Enterprise - A proposed concept plan for the new Thomasville, Georgia event center was unveiled on Wednesday before a crowd of enthusiastic citizens. The LRK-designed building draws on surrounding historic structures for inspiration and features meeting rooms, a ballroom, catering kitchen, city visitor center, nature center, and green space. Read more.
The Michigan Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism recently awarded Cherry Hill Village a 2015 Mackinaw Prize. The CNU New England jury commented that "Cherry Hill Village, impressive in its size and sophistication, is, surprisingly, really an infill project. A constellation of nineteenth-century historic buildings, strung loosely along two old road alignments, is now being tied firmly together by an overlay of new, mixed-use and residential buildings, and the overall assembly equipped with a range of new civic spaces and parks. The result is a coherent place, remarkable for being fundamentally an intensified version of itself... Cherry Hill Village is a model both in process and in realization, worthy of the attention, and emulation, around the country."
Baldwin Harbor, a multifamily community developed by ZOM and designed by LRK, was featured in the summer issue of DDC Journal. The two four-story apartment buildings are located on waterfront acreage in the Orlando community of Baldwin Park. Construction began in December.
Dedicated to supporting ULI-the Urban Land Institute both locally and nationally, LRK is a proud sponsor of the 2015 ULI Spring Meeting in Houston.
Downtown Hightstown is hosting a brainstorming session on ways to create a "downtown waterfront experience" unique to the region. The workshop on May 26 will discuss ideas for creating a more walkable community, better uses for underutilized properties, and integrating Peddie Lake into the new plan. LRK is currently providing planning services to Downtown Hightstown and will be coordinating the community meetings. Read more.
Memphis - LRK's Memphis principals were recently featured as "The Face of Architecture" in Memphis magazine's 2015 Faces of the Mid-South issue.
Inside Memphis Business - Frank Ricks was recently named to Inside Memphis Business' 2015 list of Power Players.
GREENPRINT 2015/2040, the final plan of the Mid-South Regional Greenprint and Sustainability Plan initiative, has been awarded the Excellence in Sustainability Award for a Plan. This prestigious award comes months after the Greenprint Plan was completed by a tri-state regional consortium of partners and formally released in February 2015. The plan effort was led by the Memphis-Shelby County Office of Sustainability. LRK and Team LRK Greenprint planning members Alta Planning, Placeways LLC, the Trust for Public Land, and Powers Hill Design congratulate consortium partners and the Office of Sustainability on the award-winning work that was accomplished. Read more.
inRegister - Located in the Bocage neighborhood of Baton Rouge, this renovation is a perfect combination of old and new, modern and antique. The existing home had “good bones,” but LRK’s Mike Sullivan helped reconfigure the spaces to accommodate a modern family lifestyle and to provide an ideal floor plan for entertaining. Read more.
The Daily News - Plans for downtown Central Station were unveiled on Friday and include a new boutique hotel, a five-screen Malco movie theater, and the possbility of a grocery store. The project would also include a plaza to hold a relocated Farmers Market. LRK is providing master planning services. Read more.
Bardwell Homes introduces the project team for Veranda, a new community in Baton Rouge, and Mike Sullivan is listed as the principal architect. Veranda will feature 68 homes, with design inspiration drawn from traditional Southern architecture, centered around common green space. Read more.
LRK is pleased to announce that Waterset Amenity Center in Tampa is now officially LEED NC certified.
The Daily News - The branding campaign for this 64,544-square-foot mixed-use development draws upon the building's history as a printing company, its location adjacent AutoZone Park's left field, and the building's large mural by internationally acclaimed artist, Jeff Zimmerman. The Pressbox Lofts have been well-received; construction was completed in November and all 50 loft-style apartments were leased by January. Read more.
The Daily News - The Crosstown redevelopment project reached a ceremonial milestone as it officially broke ground this past Saturday.
The Daily News – On February 4, the Central Library held a groundbreaking for their new state-of-the-art learning lab for teens. Rebecca Courtney, principal in charge of interiors at LRK, worked with Margaret Sullivan of Margaret Sullivan Studio, “leading designer of teen spaces in libraries,” to design the teen lab space. Read more.
“Neighborhood Challenges for a Re-Urbanizing Nation” is the theme for this year’s Seaside Prize Housing Symposium being held this weekend from February 20-22. The four-part symposia is led by 2015 Seaside Prize winners Todd Zimmerman and Laurie Volk, champions of New Urbanism.
Looney Ricks Kiss along with other nationally recognized firms with a strong portfolio modeling New Urbanism have been invited to present on various housing topics. J. Carson Looney, founding principal in charge of residential architecture at LRK, will be presenting in a panel to discuss “21st Century Housing for 21st Century Households.”
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Memphis Business Journal - We're delighted to have been involved with four of the projects that have been named 2015 Building Memphis finalists: Pressbox Lofts, South Junction, Soulsville Charter School Multipurpose Building, and the Walker Avenue Redevelopment. These projects will be highlighted in more detail in a special section MBJ will publish Feb. 20. An awards reception will be held Feb. 24 at Memphis Botanic Garden beginning at 5:30 p.m. Read more.
High Ground - LRK is honored to be a part of the Tennessee Brewery project. Plans for the historic structure include its transformation into a largely residential community. With the construction of a new adjacent building, the project will boast a total of 142 units and a 280-space public parking garage with 8,000 square feet of ground floor commercial space. Read more.
In the inaugural Memphis Magazine Home Design Awards, an LRK show home received awards in two categories – Traditional Kitchen and Dining Room. The home located in Germantown, Tennessee was part of the 2013 Vesta Home Show custom built by David Clark Construction. Click for photos and for more on the article.