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Archive: 2017

Discover Jackson: The New Downtown

Posted by Katherine Martin on November 20th, 2017

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. 

CityLab Features Former Sears Distribution Centers

Posted by Katherine Martin on November 17th, 2017

CityLabIn an article entitled, "From the Ruins of a Retail Meltdown, Post Industrial Playgrounds Emerge," CityLab features former Sears warehouse buildings, including Crosstown Concourse, and their renovation progress. Read more

LRK's Philadelphia Office Working with San Antonio Housing Authority on Transformation Plan for Alazan Courts

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on November 9th, 2017

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.

New Mixed-Use Project Planned for East Memphis

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on November 3rd, 2017

Memphis Business Journal - A new 27,000-square-foot, one-story mixed-use project is planned for East Memphis. The Grove at White Station will feature both office and retail. LRK is the architect for the project. Read more.

Aria Village Breaks Ground in Sandy Springs

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on November 2nd, 2017

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 Chisca on Main Winner of Gold Multi-Housing News' Excellence Award

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on October 24th, 2017

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. 

See Inside Crosstown Concourse

Posted by Katherine Martin on October 24th, 2017

StyleBlueprint   - Take a look in and around the renovated Crosstown Concourse in this StyleBlueprint feature. Read more

DMC Crossing Projects off List of "Top 10 Redevelopment Sites"

Posted by Katherine Martin on October 24th, 2017

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

Frank Ricks Speaker at Daily News Seminar on The Pinch District Redevelopment

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on October 16th, 2017

The Daily News - LRK's Frank Ricks was a speaker at the most recent Daily News seminar that focused on redevelopment of Downtown's Pinch district and St. Jude's expansion plans. Read more.

O'More Designer Show Home Opens October 19th

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on October 12th, 2017

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.

AIA Pennsylvania Recognizes LRK as Firm Fostering Emerging Professionals

Posted by Katherine Martin on October 11th, 2017

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. 

Crosstown Concourse Receives National Energy Efficiency Leader Award

Posted by Katherine Martin on October 10th, 2017

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 Philly Celebrates PARK(ing) Day

Posted by Katherine Martin on September 25th, 2017

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.

The Chisca on Main Featured in ArchDaily

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on September 19th, 2017

ArchDaily - LRK’s renovation of the historic Hotel Chisca is featured in ArchDaily. Read more.

LRK's Jim Constantine Presents at IDA Conference

Posted by Katherine Martin on September 13th, 2017

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. 

Cloud901 and Catherine & Mary's Receive IIDA TN Awards

Posted by Katherine Martin on August 30th, 2017

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. 

Two LRK Projects Win AIA Tennessee Awards of Excellence

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on August 24th, 2017

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.”

The Chisca on Main Wins Professional Builder Gold Award

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on August 23rd, 2017

Professional Builder  - The Chisca on Main recently won a Gold Professional Builder Award in the Multifamily category. Read more.

LRK Recognized as a Best Firm to Work For by Zweig Group

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on August 4th, 2017

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. 

Wonder Bread Factory Rebirth

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on August 2nd, 2017

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.

Four LRK Projects Receive Honors at 36th Annual Aurora Awards

Posted by Katherine Martin on August 1st, 2017

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. 

Southern College of Optometry Opens FocalPoint at Crosstown Concourse

Posted on July 31st, 2017

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

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on July 28th, 2017

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 Named to the PSMJ Circle of Excellence for the Fourth Consecutive Year

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on July 25th, 2017

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.

The Michael at Presidio #2 on List of Austin's Top 10 Largest Communities Under Development

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on July 17th, 2017

Multi-Housing News - The Michael at Presidio comes in at #2 on the list of Austin's Top 10 Largest Communities Under Development. LRK provided master planning services for the 120-acre mixed-use village and architecture services for the 415-unit apartment community. Read more

LRK Architects Complete AIA Memphis Emerging Professionals Leadership Program

Posted by Katherine Martin on July 13th, 2017

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

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on July 11th, 2017

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.

Treehouse Store Opens in Dallas

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on June 1st, 2017

Fox 4 NewsThe  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. 

Historic Central Station to be Transformed into Boutique Hotel

Posted by Katherine Martin on May 8th, 2017

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

Rustic Elegance Overflows in this Beach House... on Pickwick Lake

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on May 5th, 2017

StyleBlueprintAn LRK-designed second home for a Memphis family was recently featured in StyleBlueprint. The Pickwick Lake home provides space for both unwinding and entertaining guests. Read more.

LRK Designed Outbuilding Featured on Houzz

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on May 1st, 2017

Houzz - An outbuilding designed by LRK was recently featured as one of the eight most popular outbuildings on Houzz in 2017. Read more.

Peek Inside an Artist’s Abode

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on April 27th, 2017

inRegister - An LRK renovation in Baton Rouge is featured in this month's issue of inRegister. Read more.

LRK Listed in ENR Top 500

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on April 27th, 2017

Engineering News Record - LRK was listed 474 in ENR's 2017 Top 500 listing. Companies were ranked according to revenue for design services performed in 2016. Read more.

Frank Ricks Named to Power Player List

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on April 26th, 2017

Inside Memphis Business - Frank Ricks was once again named to Inside Memphis Business'  annual list of Memphis Power Players. Congratulations, Frank!

ServiceMaster Featured in Real Estate Forum's Best of 2016

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on April 20th, 2017

Real Estate Forum - ServiceMaster’s adaptive reuse of the Peabody Place Mall for their new downtown headquarters is featured in the Best of 2016: Deals, Dealmakers & Placemakers. Read more.

HomeTown Designated as Great Place by Texas APA

Posted by Katherine Martin on April 12th, 2017

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

Forum Roundup: Reimagining the Suburbs

Posted by Admin on April 6th, 2017

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.

Deep Ellum Project Kicks off in Dallas

Posted on March 28th, 2017

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.  

LRK Home Featured on Houzz

Posted by Katherine Martin on March 3rd, 2017

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.”

This private residence is located in Nashville, Tenn. Read more

Crosstown Among Other Sears Warehouses Being Renovated

Posted by Katherine Martin on February 28th, 2017

Bisnow - Sears catalog warehouses are finding new lives across the country. Memphis' Crosstown Concourse is featured in this article, along with warehouses in Chicago, Boston and Minneapolis. Read more

Hickman Building Renovation to Begin in May

Posted by Katherine Martin on February 27th, 2017

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

The Chisca: From Launching Elvis to Luxury Living

Posted by Katherine Martin on January 26th, 2017

Style Blueprint - This article takes a look at the long history of the Hotel Chisca, beginning with its opening in 1913. The article discusses the Hotel's connection to Elvis Presley, renovation, and current use as a mixed-use apartment building with two successful restaurants. Read more

Explore Behind the Scenes at The Tennessee Brewery

Posted by Katherine Martin on January 25th, 2017

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

Development Begins at Meadowbrook Park

Posted by Katherine Martin on January 23rd, 2017

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

From Memphis Distribution Center to Mixed-use with a Mission

Posted by Katherine Martin on January 20th, 2017

Multi-Housing News - This case study details the concept of the vertical urban village taking shape at the Crosstown Concourse. In the article, LRK Principal Tony Pellicciotti discusses the character of the building and its significance to the Memphis community. Read more

Chisca on Main Named MBJ Building Memphis Awards Finalist

Posted by Katherine Martin on January 9th, 2017

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.