“These issues of scale – they are real and they are real to the people who live there, if they think something is being imposed on them immediately that is going to disrupt the scale of their neighborhood without understanding there is a benefit to it,” he said. Read more.
The Residences at La Cantera was recently featured on the ULI's website as a case study for their Urban Resilience Program. Projects featured in the Urban Resilience Program showcase real estate developments that incorporate resilient design measures with positive financial and operational outcomes. Hailey Ghalib, managing director of the USAA Realty Company and national director of its multifamily development program, said that "drought in San Antonio is a way of life, and addressing that within the building design made total sense to us." The Residences at La Cantera was designed to both conserve and recycle water and meets Texas Green certification standards. Read more.
The Commercial Appeal - FedExFamilyHouse, a home for families with critically-ill children being treated at LeBonheur Children's Medical Center, will undergo a $12 million expansion led by FedEx Corp. The 4-story, 40,000-square-foot expansion building will include 21 suites and 30 hotel-style rooms, a library, four kitchens, laundry facilities and children's play areas. Plans call for new community spaces for gatherings, meetings and functions and outdoor play areas and gardens. LRK is providing architectural and interior design services for this project. Read more.
“For the first four years the primary question was ‘You want to do what?’” said Tony Pellicciotti, principal with LRK Architects who has been working on the project for the past six and a half years. “We all knew this building was impossible to do. This building was a wreck inside. But it all starts with a big idea.” Read more.
The New York Times - A Memphis home designed by LRK's Carson Looney was recently featured in The New York Times Real Estate section. This 4,883 square-foot home is contemporary in design on the exterior, featuring a brick and cedar facade, and blends a mix of traditional and contemporary elements on the interior. Read more.
The Commercial Appeal - With the addition to the newly-opened Big River Crossing, the Main to Main project has given a long-overdue facelift to sidewalks, curbs and the pedestrian Main Street Mall, creating a walking and bicycling route for Memphians and tourists to enjoy. Main to Main connects many of LRK's projects including South Junction apartments, Hotel Chisca, Tennessee Brewery, Artspace Lofts and Old Dominick Distillery. Read more.
Planning - LRK-planned Meadowbrook Park, located in Prairie Village, Kansas, is featured in a five-page article in Planning, the magazine of the American Planning Association. The article, "Goodbye Golf," focuses on the repurposing of golf courses.
The Daily News - When ServiceMaster Global Holdings announced its plans to move into the 328,000 square-foot Peabody Place Mall, other corporations began to set their sights on Downtown Memphis as well. ServiceMaster will bring 1,200 new employees to the Downtown core, benefiting local retail, restaurants and potentially residential offerings. 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. Read more.
LRK is proud of its involvement with ULI-the Urban Land Institute both locally in the Dallas area and nationally, and we are honored to be a sponsor of the 2016 ULI Fall Meeting. LRK’s commitment to designing and creating sustainable thriving communities is synonymous with ULI’s mission and reflected in the designs of multiple projects throughout Texas, including The McKenzie in Dallas; The James, Tate at Tanglewood, and CityWest in Houston; Burnet Flats and Presidio in Austin; and The Residences at La Cantera in San Antonio.
Higher Ground - The new mixed-use South City project will provide 712 units of housing, 480 of which will be placement units for public housing. In addition to housing, the redevelopment will include an early childcare center, and retail uses, including a grocery store. South City will be Memphis' first LEED certified sustainable community. LRK led the housing component of a FY2010 Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant for the Vance Avenue neighborhood, including Foote Homes, the city's last public housing project. Read more.
The Daily News - The Nineteenth Century Club, an 107-year-old mansion on Union Avenue, is being meticulously restored to its former grandeur. LRK's Tony Pellicciotti says the goal of the restoration was to put as many of the architectural elements back into the building because it was so grand and fabulous and fit the purpose of a club, which is similar to an upscale restaurant. The French-Asian restaurant, Izakaya, is set to open in the 16,000 square-foot building in November. Read more.
Naples Daily News - The article, "Designing for Community at Babcock Ranch," features quotes from LRK's Mark Jones. Babcock Ranch was designed with walkable, bikeable streetscapes, multiple parks that offer a place for children to play and neighbors to gather, a network of trails, and neighborhood gardens. LRK provided design guidelines, amenity building design, and residential architecture for the community. Read more.
inRegister - LRK's Mike Sullivan describes one of the trends in the Baton Rouge residential marketplace as one of an "edited Southern vernacular." LRK Baton Rouge recently designed "a new Southern farmhouse" for Bardwell Homes, which emphasizes simplicity while mixing the best of the old and the new. Read more.
The Commercial Appeal - The Southern College of Optometry will open an 8,000-square-foot clinic on the second floor of the Crosstown Concourse. The patient-centered clinic will have 14 exam rooms and serve up to 14,000 patients a year. LRK is providing architecture services for the project. Read more.
The Daily News - A 450-seat theatre on the Crosstown Concourse campus will attract national acts and boost the local arts scene. LRK's design for the 28,000-square-foot building is notable for its flexibility with elements such as a sprung wood flood stage, retractable seating and a modular open floor allowing for any number of configurations from theater-in-the-round to a proscenium with raked seating. Read more.
The Daily News – The YMCA will open its 11th Memphis-area branch in Crosstown Concourse in partnership with the Church Health Center. The 25,000-square-foot gym will open within the Church Health Center’s 150,000 square-foot headquarters early next year. Plans for the facility include fitness equipment, a walking track, group workout and dance classes, personal training, physical therapy, and programming for the intellectually disabled. LRK is providing architectural and interior design services for the Church Health Center and architectural, interior design, urban design, sustainability, and federal historic rehabilitation consulting for the overall Crosstown Concourse project. Read more.
Memphis Business Journal – First Tennessee Bank recently held a grand opening at its newly constructed branch in Arlington. The branch provides an open concept environment meant to put a greater emphasis on assisting customers with whatever they need as soon as they open the door. The new model is the first of its kind in the greater Memphis area for First Tennessee and third across the state. First Tennessee will retrofit 20 branches per year with this new design until all locations are transformed. LRK provided architectural services for the project. Read more.
The Commercial Appeal – With the goal of energizing the emerging South Main Historic Arts District, the renovation of the 107-year-old United Warehouse building will begin in late September. Artspace South Main Lofts will include 58 affordable live/work units for artists and their families, community/gallery space, and an outdoor garden. LRK is providing architectural design and historic rehabilitation services for the project. Read more.
The Commercial Appeal – The historic Nineteenth Century Club building at 1433 Union, future home to upscale Japanese/French restaurant Izakaya, will host multiple dining rooms, bars, and lounges, each with its own fireplace and ample natural light. LRK provided renovation designs for the 107-year-old building, which is set to open by early November. Read more.
What an honor! For the third year in a row, LRK has been named to PSMJ’s Circle of Excellence. PSMJ Resources, Inc., a leading management consulting firm for the A/E/C 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. Only 64 architecture and engineering firms nationwide made it to the list this year. Firms will be honored at PSMJ’s A/E/C Industry Summit to be held October 12-14, 2016 in Nashville.
Memphis Business Journal – The Memphis Business Journal recently ranked LRK number #1 for having the most LEED professionals of any local company. The MBJ’s July 29th green-focused issue also features a list of the Memphis area’s most sustainable commercial buildings. LRK helped One Commerce Square (#2 on the list) to achieve LEED Gold certification, and for the second year in a row, we assisted FedEx with achieving Energy Star certification for their 1.2 million-square-foot World Headquarters (#1 on the list). Other projects on the list that LRK has been involved with include FedExFamilyHouse (LEED Gold), CA2 (LEED Gold), Smith & Nephew Innovation Centre (LEED Gold), and Independent Bank in Germantown (LEED Silver). Read more.
LRK Principal Tony Pellicciotti was profiled in the July 29th print issue of the Memphis Business Journal. Pick up a copy at the newstand today!
The Commercial Appeal - Work is underway to make the Edge District, a key transitional area between Downtown and the Medical District, more pedestrian friendly, and in turn attract more residents and businesses to the neighborhood. Plans by LRK and Alta Planning + Design call for new landscaping, benches, trash receptacles, pedestrian crosswalks, restriped traffic lanes, and public art installations. Read more.
Memphis Business Journal - The Downtown Memphis Commission's Design Review Board approved LRK's plans to add 140 new windows to Peabody Place, demo the Second Street pedestrian sky bridge, as well as paint the brick exterior to transform the former retail center into ServiceMaster's corporate headquarters. Read more.
Centraljersey.com – LRK’s Jim Constantine recently led downtown Princeton residents and business owners in a community engagement process for improvements along downtown’s Nassau Street. Results will be presented in the fall and will include recommendations on signposts, benches, street seating, bike racks, landscaping tree wells and planters, and sidewalk and crosswalk pavers. Read more.
The Daily News – Conceptual plans for revitalizing the Pinch District were revealed yesterday. The design calls for a mixed-use district to complement St. Jude’s planned expansion, as well as the historic character of the area. A pedestrian bridge linking the Pinch District to the trolley line and the grounds of Bass Pro is also part of the vision. Read more.
Town Topics – LRK is working with downtown Princeton residents and business owners to prepare streetscape design standards that will enhance the appearance, safety, and pedestrian-friendly experience along Nassau Street. On June 18th an interactive open house was held to explore different options for those improvements. The results of the public meeting will help to refine the design guidelines for Nassau Street, as well as other parts of the central business district as funds become available. Read more.
The Daily News - While the outside of the old distribution center for Sears, Roebuck, & Co. may look similar, more than 400,000 brings and 3,200 windowpanes have been replaced in the tower. LRK's Tony Pellicciotti is heading up the the building's conversion to the the Crosstown Concourse, described as a vertical urban village, which is set to open in January 2017. Read more.
Houston Chronicle – As the first phase of Somerset Green nears completion, the 46-acre industrial site has been transformed into a community with a European feel with canals, walkways, and multistory homes, and although construction is still underway, 80 to 85 percent of the homes are already spoken for. While much of the land surrounding Somerset Green has largely been untouched by redevelopment, developer Hines believes the location is extremely appealing because of its proximity to Loop 610, downtown, the Galleria, and Washington Avenue and that Somerset Green will spark more activity in the area. Read more.
The winners of the 2016 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Awards were announced on Friday by Governor Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau and Jackson Walk was one of eleven recipients. The awards recognize voluntary actions (not required by law or regulation) that improve or protect the environment or natural resources. The winners will be recognized at an awards ceremony in Nashville on June 15th. LRK provided planning, architecture and interior design services for Jackson Walk. Read more.
Hattiesburg American – The Village at the Beverly recently opened on a site once home to the Hurricane Katrina-damaged Beverly Drive-In Theater. Developed by the Gulf Coast Housing Partnership in cooperation with South Mississippi Housing and Development Corporation, the apartment community will offer high-quality, affordable housing for families. LRK's Baton Rouge office provided architectural services for the 52-unit project which features one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments in seven buildings, as well as both indoor and outdoor community gathering spaces. Read more.
Multi-Housing News – Construction has begun on The Maxwell, a four-story apartment development within The Canals at Grand Park. Located in Frisco, Texas, the 325-unit Maxwell will offer studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans, as well as a two-story floor plan known as a treehouse unit. The Maxwell is designed to be pedestrian friendly and provides easy access to downtown Frisco, as well as a rich assortment of community amenities. LRK provided architectural design for the apartments. Read more.
The Commercial Appeal - Frank Ricks was officially elevated to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) College of Fellows at an investiture ceremony at the AIA National Convention in Philadelphia on May 20th. Out of a total AIA membership of over 88,000, there are only 3,200 members distinguished with this honor, and he is one of only 14 living fellows within the AIA Memphis chapter. The article recounts many of the significant projects that Frank has been involved with throughout his career, however according to his peers, his holistic, collaborative approach is what helps set him apart. Frank says that he’s most proud of helping to build community, co-founding the Memphis chapter of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), and his support of the University of Memphis architecture department. Read more.
The Commercial Appeal - It's official. ServiceMaster is moving its headquarters, including 1,200 employees, from East Memphis to Downtown's Peabody Place mall. The long vacant, four-story Peabody Place will be transformed into a 328,000-square-foot collaborative workspace with new technology and innovation center. LRK is excited to be a part of this renovation and will be providing architectural core and shell services. The move is scheduled to be complete by the end of 2017. Read more.
Memphis Business Journal – Robert Gillettte, CEO of ServiceMaster, discusses the reasons behind the company’s decision to renovate long-vacant Peabody Place Mall for their new corporate headquarters. “It’s an interesting thing turning a shopping mall into a business center, but when you see the renderings, it’s going to be a cool place to work,” Gillette said. Although a lot of work remains to be done, ServiceMaster is excited about the opportunity to change the company’s culture by getting 1,200 local employees under one roof. LRK is providing architectural core and shell services for the renovation and prepared vision documents to present design possibilities to ServiceMaster, Belz, and the Downtown Memphis Commission. Read more.
Realty News Report - Editor Ralph Bivins has selected some of the most significant projects and deals in Houston’s real estate market in 2015, and the new luxury townhome community, Somerset Green, was named the Best Residential Project of the Year. The article notes that in addition to Somerset Green’s overall quality, the community is significant because it encourages denser development along the Old Katy Road area. LRK’s services for Somerset Green included providing architectural design for the amenity center and gatehouse and creating 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.
Best in American Living - The "Going Green" section of the spring issue of NAHB's Best in American Living e-magazine features an article entitled “Creating Community Identity,” written by Jim Constantine. The article discusses how designing neighborhood parks and open spaces can help create a sense of place, enhance livability, and raise property values. Photos of multiple LRK projects are featured. Read more.
The Daily News – Tom Shadyac, Hollywood filmmaker-turned-professor, recently purchased the Soulsville Towne Center buildings with plans convert them into a recreation center with climbing wall, 400-seat performance art center, and “pay-what-you-can” restaurant. LRK is designing the first phase of the project, a 35,000-square-foot recreation center aimed at giving neighborhood kids a safe place to gather and play. “We’re going to help them to start to dream again, which is what generational poverty does not allow,” Shadyac said. Read more.
LRK is excited to announce the opening of its newest studio location in Philadelphia’s Center City. Led by Principals Jim Constantine, Gonzalo Echeverria, and Nando Micale, LRK Philadelphia will expand the firm’s full-service architectural, urban design, planning, and interior design services to the Mid-Atlantic. This new studio will capitalize on the regional growth along the Northeast Corridor and is anchored by Philadelphia’s resurgence as a headquarters city and a destination for millennials.
Dallas Business Journal - Construction has begun on the luxury, multifamily high-rise, The McKenzie. Located on the eastern edge of Dallas’ exclusive Highland Park neighborhood, the building is designed and created for a renter-by-choice resident. The building offers luxury rental residences reminiscent of a grand historic neighborhood hotel with classic interiors, valet, concierge service, and a 24-hour doorman. LRK is providing architectural services. Read more.
The American Institute of Architects has elevated LRK founding principal Frank Ricks to its College of Fellows. Fellowship is one of the highest honors the AIA bestows, in recognition of notable contributions to the advancement of the profession of architecture. Frank’s elevation recognizes his significant contributions to advancing the standards of architectural education, training and practice. He will be officially inducted at an investiture ceremony at the AIA National Convention in Philadelphia on May 20th. Read more.
Memphis - LRK is once again included as “The Face of Architecture” in Memphis magazine’s 2016 Faces of the Mid-South issue. The feature contains a photo of LRK’s principals set against a backdrop of the Hotel Chisca rehabilitation.
The Daily News - This article offers a glimpse at the construction underway at Old Dominick Distillery. LRK is providing architectural, interior design, and environmental graphic design services for the distillery, which will feature two tasting rooms, a rooftop patio, restaurant, and retail. Read more.
Houston Business Journal - Construction is finishing on The James, an eight-story, luxury midrise that features units with upscale finishes, a courtyard with resort-style pool, clubhouse with full-service bar, and high-end fitness center. The James is phase one of the overall Streetlights Residential development known as The Azalea. Read more.
BOMA Magazine – Featured in the January/February edition of BOMA Magazine, Crosstown Concourse is the latest high-profile adaptive reuse project to transform an old Sears distribution center, joining the ranks of Boston's Landmark Center, Midtown Exchange in Minneapolis, and Ponce City Market in Atlanta. Crosstown already has leasing commitments of 450,000 square feet from healthcare, education, and arts organizations. It will also feature 65,000 square feet of retail and 270 apartments. The mix of tenants was crucial to achieve the sense of community the developers desired.
Memphis Business Journal - In 2003 an F-4 tornado devastated much of downtown Jackson, Tennessee. Along with the destruction, it provided Jackson with a blank slate and a unique opportunity to improve their community. Jackson Walk, a 17-acre, mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly neighborhood, is the centerpiece of the city’s redevelopment initiative. LRK provided overall planning services to the City of Jackson following the tornado. They also provided planning services for the Jackson Walk development and architecture/interior design services for the LIFT Wellness Center. Read more.
Memphis Business Journal - Cleaborn Pointe at Heritage Landing has been named a finalist in the Memphis Business Journal's Building Memphis competition in the Best Public/Private Project (more than $10 million) category. LRK is honored to be a member of the project team. Winners will be announced on February 9th at a presentation at the Memphis Botanic Gardens. Read more.
NJ.com - More details are unveiled about the redevelopment of the eight-acre industrial site, once home to the Hightstown Rug Company. Vacant since 1987, plans for the building include a mix of residential, retail, and public space with connections to Main Street and the recently proposed downtown lakefront plan. Read more