Curbed – The first phase of Centennial Park apartments in downtown Atlanta is nearing completion. According to the article, the new development is the largest infusion of residences in downtown in a decade. LRK provided architecture and planning services for this 407-unit multi-family project. Read more.
Paper City – Located in North Dallas, The Hill aims to create a funky neighborhood center with restaurants, retail and office space. Anchored by eco-friendly home improvement store TreeHouse, The Hill maintains a walkable sequence of owner-driven shops. LRK provided architecture, planning, urban and sustainable design services for this project. Read more.
Commercial Appeal - The Commercial Appeal featured the announcement of Crosstown Concourse being shortlisted for Architectural Review's New into Old awards. The $250 million Memphis renovation is the only project from the United States making the cut. Others are five from the United Kingdom, two from Sweden, and one each from Australia, the Netherlands, Qatar, China, India, Turkey, and Belgium.
"It really is about the extension of the life of a building by inserting new uses rather than tearing down and replacing it,'' said Frank Ricks, principal with LRK. Read more.
The Commercial Appeal - LRK is honored to have been named to The Commercial Appeal's list of 2017 Top Workplaces. In addition, Frank Ricks won the Leadership Award in the Small Business category. This article, which focuses on benefits offered by local employers, cites LRK's entrepreneurial culture as an award-winning perk. Read more.
Architectural Review - Crosstown Concourse was selected to Architectural Review's shortlist of 15 adaptive reuse projects across the world for the AR New into Old awards. The shortlist was selected by an esteemed jury that includes British architects Michael and Patty Hopkins, co-founder of Neri & Hu, Lyndon Neri, and deputy chairman of the Twentieth Century Society, Timothy Brittain-Catlin.
Crosstown is the only project located in the U.S. to be selected to the shortlist.
The winning project along with any highly commended projects and finalists will be announced and published in the AR’s December/January issue at the end of the year. Read more.
LRK's Jim Constantine Discusses the History and Evolution of Metuchen's Revitalization at Prestigious Lecture Series
LRK Principal Jim Constantine presented the history and evolution of Metuchen, NJ at Rutgers University's Bloustein School 2017 Isadore Candeub Memorial Lecture in Planning. The lecture discussed how a small New Jersey town accomplished a remarkable revitalization effort between 1967 and 2017. LRK has proudly served as town planner for the borough for more than 20 years. Read more.
Multi-Housing News - The LRK-designed Chisca on Main is featured as a Gold Award winner in the MHN Excellence Awards' Adaptive Reuse: High Rise category. The judges praised the project team for redeveloping the two buildings rather than demolishing them and for successfully linking the two structures into a cohesive multifamily community.
The Michael, located in Austin, is also featured as a Silver Award winner in the Development & Design: Mid-Rise Category. Read more.
Over the last few years, the Jackson Walk community has flourished. The development has created a link between midtown, downtown and surrounding neighborhoods and provides residents with opportunities to participate in healthy activities and numerous community events. LRK is proud to have provided architecture, planning and interior design services for this revitalized community. Watch the below to see how this community has progressed.
LRK's Philadelphia Office Working with San Antonio Housing Authority on Transformation Plan for Alazan Courts
San Antonio Express News - LRK’s Philadelphia office is working with the San Antonio Housing Authority to develop a collaborative Transformation Plan (TP) for the city’s Alazan Courts neighborhood and an FY 2017 Choice Neighborhood Implementation grant submission. Nando Micale assisted the housing authority in unveiling its plans at a commmunity meeting Wednesday night. Read more.
What Now Atlanta - Construction has started on Aria Village, a 30,000-square-foot mixed-use development in Sandy Springs. The project will feature retail and restaurants, along with five-story apartments. The community will have access to nearby hiking trails and offer an impressive amenity package, including a luxurious pool deck, co-working spaces, dog wash, and two-story fitness facility. The first apartment homes should be available in fall 2019. Read more.
The LRK-designed Chisca on Main recently won a Gold Multi-Housing News' Excellence Award in the Adaptive Reuse: High Rise category. Winners were formally announced at an award ceremony at the Resource Furniture showroom in Manhattan on October 19th.
Memphis Business Journal - Over the past 12 years, the Downtown Memphis Commision (DMC) has been crossing addresses off of its list of "Top 10 Redevelopment Sites." LRK is proud to have played a role in the redevelopment of a few on the list, including the Toof Building (Pressbox Lofts) and Crosstown Concourse. We continue to work on the redevelopment of the Tennessee Brewery and The Hickman Buiding. Read more.
StyleBlueprint - The LRK-designed O'More Designer Show Home opens October19th. Located in Nashville's new Você neighborhood, the home is nestled into its beautiful natural surroundings, blurring the boundaries between interior and exterior. The home will be open to the public until November 12th. Read more.
LRK's Philadelphia office was recognized by AIA Pennsylvania as one of the 2017 AIA Firms Fostering Emerging Professionals. The three main criteria for the Firm Fostering Emerging Professionals recognition includes the quality of the Architectural Experience Program (AXP), leadership, and the level of support and flexibility offered by a firm throughout the ARE testing process.
The Commercial Appeal - Heating and cooling system maker Trane honored the Crosstown Concourse development team with a national Energy Efficiency Leader Award for 2017. Crosstown is aiming for LEED Platinum certification, which would make it the largest LEED Platinum-certified historic renovation building in the world. Read more.
LRK was recognized as a Platinum Award winner at PSMJ’s THRIVE 2017 conference in Denver this week. To earn the Platinum Award, an A/E/C firm must make it into the Circle of Excellence for four of the previous five years (including the current year). PSMJ's Circle of Excellence award recognizes the top firms demonstrating sound business practices each year.
PARK(ing) Day is an annual, daylong global event where citizens, artists, and activists collaborate to temporarily transform metered parking spaces into “PARK(ing)” spaces: temporary public mini-parks, or "parklets". In Philadelphia, approximately 60 volunteer teams design, build, and install these temporary 170 square-foot parklets throughout the city as a gift to their fellow citizens.
LRK's Jim Constantine, along with Isaac Kremer, Executive Director of Downtown Metuchen, NJ, presented a session on tactical urbanism this morning at the International Downtown Association's 63rd Annual Conference & Tradeshow. The session, "Mastering the Art of Bringing Low-Cost Rapid Change to Downtown," discussed the international trends being used to test out ideas before making large capital investments including guerrilla wayfinding, parkletts, and mobile vendors.
Nashville - LRK projects Cloud901 Teen Learning Lab and Catherine & Mary's received awards from the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), Tennessee Chapter, last week. Cloud901, a media-rich leaning environment aimed at developing 21st century skills, won in the Education category. Catherine & Mary's, located in the newly-renovated Hotel Chisca and the fourth restaurant of two James Beard nominated chefs, received the honor in the retail category.
Both 85 Union and The Chisca on Main were recepients of Awards of Excellence, AIA Tennessee's highest honor. Ten projects were chosen from a field of 98 submittals and the awards were presented at a Gala celebration during the AIA Tennessee 2017 Conference on Architecture held in Memphis. The jury commented that they received a "broad range of work that illustrated a genuine investment in the cities of Tennessee. There was a strong appreciation for the renovation and transformation projects due to their influence on the community fabric and the linking of the past to the present.”
Looney Ricks Kiss (LRK Inc.) was recognized as a Best Firm to Work For in the architecture field by Zweig Group in their annual survey. The Best Firms to Work For award recognizes the top architecture, structural engineering, civil engineering, environmental, geotechnical engineering, landscape architecture/planning, and multidiscipline firms in the United States and Canada based on their workplace practices, employee benefits, employee retention rates and much more. Firms were graded on a combination score of comprehensive employee surveys and corporate evaluations, then ranked by category. More than 11,000 employees from participating firms responded to the employee survey. LRK will be honored in September at the 2017 Hot Firm and A/E Industry Awards Conference in Seattle, Washington.
The Daily News - Plans to breathe new life into the former Wonder Bread factory include 286 upscale multifamily units, a 480-space parking garage, and 150,000 square feet of office and retail space. This project will serve as a catalyst in the continuing revitalization of The Edge District, helping to further connect Downtown with the Medical District. LRK is providing planning and architectural services for the project. Read more.
LRK is proud to announce that four of our projects received awards at the 36th Annual Aurora Awards held last week in Kissimee, Fla. The Chisca on Main received a Grand Aurora for Best Restored or Renovated Residential Project. Also taking home a Grand Aurora, the Bexeley Clubhouse, designed by LRK, won for Best Recreational Facility.
An LRK private residence won a Silver Aurora for Best Custom Home Under 4,000 SF, and Baldwin Harbor Apartments also received a Silver Aurora for Best Multi-Family Housing Community - 30-40 DU/Acre.
Established in 1979, the Aurora Awards are presented annually to outstanding builders, planners, architects, developers, designers, interior merchandisers and other housing-related professionals.
Memphis Business Journal - A ribbon cutting was recently held for the Southern College of Optometry's (SCO) new clinic located at Crosstown Concourse. In an effort to improve the patient experience and better prepare their graduates, the clinic features some of the latest optometric technology. FocalPoint will have four doctors on-site and also offers clinical instruction for SCO's fourth-year students. LRK provided design services for the project. Read more.
LRK Architect Krissy Buck Flickinger 'Builds On' Health and Wellness with Ground-Breaking Certification
Memphis Business Journal - LRK's Krissy Buck Flickinger is the first person in Memphis and the third in Tennessee to become a WELL Accredited Professional (AP). The WELL Building Standard is the first building standard to focus exclusively on the health and wellness of the people in buildings. Read more.
LRK is pleased to announce that the firm has been named to PSMJ’s Circle of Excellence for the fourth year in a row. PSMJ Resources, Inc., a leading management consulting firm for the A/E/C industry, recognizes the top firms demonstrating sound business practices each year. The Circle of Excellence represents the top 20 percent of participants in PSMJ’s annual A/E Financial Performance Benchmark Survey, based on key performance metrics such as profitability, overhead management, cash flow, productivity, business development, staff growth, and turnover. “The Circle of Excellence is consistently made up of a diverse set of firms that come from all corners of the A/E space. This is hard proof that success isn’t defined by a specific firm size, location, or market niche,” says Frank A. Stasiowski, FAIA, Founder and CEO of PSMJ Resources. “The top-performing firms just think and act differently than the rest of the pack to achieve extraordinary business performance.” Firms will be honored at PSMJ’s THRIVE 2017 conference to be held October 3-5, 2017 in Denver.
LRK's Kyle Archer and Sophorn Kuoy are two of the newest members of the second class of AIA Memphis' Emerging Professional Leadership Program. The goal of the program is to prepare the next generation of leaders to serve and lead the design profession. The program features a leadership curriculum to enable emerging leaders of the profession to learn from local members of the College of Fellows and invited speakers. Congratulations to Kyle and Sophorn!
Memphis Earns Top-10 Spot Among Mid-Sized Cities in Latest Rankings for ENERGY STAR Certified Buildings
The City of Memphis was ranked 10th in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2017 list of mid-sized U.S. metropolitan areas with the most ENERGY STAR certified buildings. FedEx's World Headquarters has achieved ENERGY STAR certification for three years running. LRK provides EPA ENERGY STAR certification coordination for the World Headquarters campus.
Fox 4 News - The Treehouse store recently held it's grand opening celebration. The building is net-positive, meaning it creates more renewable energy sources than it uses. The "green" home improvement store is the anchor tenant of The Hill Shopping Center. LRK was Architect of Record for this project, and is providing planning and urban design services for The Hill development.
Commercial Appeal - The 103-year-old Central Station building in Memphis' South Main Arts District will undergo extensive renovation into a 124-unit hotel with ballroom, bar, meeting areas and 6,000 square feet of retail. The project will also transform the existing Amtrak lobby and ticketing space in the hotel lobby as well as create a new Amtrak lobby near the former Memphis Police substation. LRK is providing architectural services for this project. Read more.
Inside Memphis Business - Frank Ricks was once again named to Inside Memphis Business' annual list of Memphis Power Players. Congratulations, Frank!
APA Texas - The LRK-planned community of HomeTown in North Richland Hills, Texas was designated as a Great Texas Neighborhood by the Texas chapter of the American Planning Association's Great Places in Texas program. Great Places in Texas exemplify exceptional character and highlight the role planners and planning play in creating communities of lasting value. HomeTown, a 650-acre master-planned neighborhood, features a wide mix of uses, a diverse and multigenerational housing stock, abundant open space and public art displays, and a model road and pedestrian pathway network. Read more.
New Jersey Future - LRK's Jim Constantine was recently a panelist at New Jersey Future's 2017 Redevelopment Forum where breakout sessions focused on redefining the suburbs to adapt to changing demographic realities. Jim suggested that a good strategy for New Jersey to attract Millennials, who gravitate toward walkable urbanism, is to focus on the boroughs, which possess similar assets to bigger cities – a mix of housing types, a traditional downtown within walking distance of residential neighborhoods, a grid street network. Read more.
Dallas News - The Epic project, a mixed-use development on the eastern edge of downtown Dallas, is underway in the Deep Ellum neighborhood. LRK, along with 5G Studio Collaborative, designed the 20-story, 300-unit apartment tower in the development for StreetLights Residential. Other uses in the project include an office tower, retail, and a botique hotel. Read more.
Houzz - Recently, a client's "do-all" room was featured by a Houzz editor in the idea book "New This Week: 4 Envy-Inducing Laundry Rooms With Clever Storage."
With the goal of economizing space for both the overall size of the house and circulation space required to access the typical multiple special purpose rooms like the utility, home office, wrapping room, sewing/hobby room, etc., all of these spaces and functions are combined into one “do-all room.”
Commercial Appeal - Construction work on the 91-year-old Hickman Building in Downtown Memphis will begin this summer. Vacant for nearly 50 years, the 100,000 square-foot building will house offices, apartments, and retail. LRK is providing architectural and interior design services for the renovation.
"We have worked very hard to maintain the character and integrity of the property while also adapting it to modern uses," LRK's Frank Ricks said. Read more.
After more than 50 years of abandonment, the historic Tennessee Brewery is now undergoing major renovation. "Brewhouse: The Tennessee Brewery Story," a documentary set in the brewery, covers the rise and fall of the regional brewery industry in the U.S. from the late 1890s through the 1950s. You can watch a clip of the documentary here. LRK's Tony Pellicciotti discusses the importance of the brewery to the local community and the renovation process. The full version of the documentary is availble through Amazon.
The Kansas City Star - Development in currently underway at Meadowbrook Park, a former 136-acre golf and country club facility in Prairie Village, Kan. The development will retain 84-acres of public park, and include 53 single family homes, 70 attached homes, 280 luxury apartment homes, a 50-room inn with restaurant and commercial space and senior living consisting of 120 units of assisting living/memory care, 120 units of independent living, 90 units of skilled nursing units and 8,000-square-feet of restaurant and amenity space. LRK provided planning planning services for this project. Read more.
Memphis Business Journal - The Chisca on Main was recently named a finalist in the 5th annual Building Memphis Awards in the Best Renovations/Conversions category for large projects ($10M and over). The Building Memphis awards honor projects that have created a community impact in the areas of investment, jobs created and potential impact on a surrounding area, and it recognizes the major players involved in the projects, including owners, developers, brokers, architects/designers, engineers, contractors and financial lenders. Winners will be announced Thursday, Feb. 16. Read more.