Commercial Appeal - Much anticipated Elemento Neapolitan Pizza is set to open later this week in Crosstown Concourse. The LRK-designed restaurant has an industrial feel with high exposed ceilings and concrete floors, while two white-tiled pizza ovens ordered from a 100-year old Italian company are the focus of the space. Read more.
For its groundbreaking transformation of a 1.3 million square-foot mixed-use facility, national full-service architectural, planning, environmental graphic and interior design firm Looney Ricks Kiss (LRK), in association with DIALOG, is proud to announce that the National Trust for Historic Preservation has named Crosstown Concourse in Memphis, Tennessee one of only three winners of the 2018 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation National Preservation Awards. Read more.
LRK's Frank Ricks will participate in a panel discussion this Wednesday, October 10, at the Urban Land Institute’s Fall Conference in Boston. The session, "The Creative Placemaking Dividend: How Art and Culture Enhance the Bottom Line and Promote Healthy, Equitable, Thriving Places,” will explore the following questions: Does an investment in art and culture yield a return? If it does, what is the return? Is the return purely financial or are there other benefits? And who benefits—developers, investors, the community, the government, or some or all of these?
Frank will discuss the impacts of arts integration at Crosstown Concourse.
Daily Memphian - Construction will soon start on the pool at Crosstown, to be built between Crosstown Concourse and the Crosstown High gymnasium. It will include a five-lane outdoor lap pool, splash pad, freestanding office and bathrooms, and basement pool equipment room. LRK provided architectural services for the pool, which will be available to Church Health patients and members of the Church Health YMCA. Anticipated completion is May 2019. Read more.
Princeton Planning Board Recommends Redevelopment Zone Designation for Some Seminary Properties Based on LRK Study
Planet Princeton – The Princeton Planning Board voted unanimously to recommend to the Princeton governing body that a portion of Princeton theological Seminary’s campus be designation as an area in need of development. LRK’s Jim Constantine and Chris Cosenza, who serve as borough planners, conducted a study to determining whether to New Jersey redevelopment statute could be applied to the seminary’s Tennant-Roberts campus on Stockton Street and the Erdman Center on Library Place. Constantine and Cosenza concluded that the redevelopment statute is appropriate for the seminary properties, and advised the planning board to recommend to the Princeton Council that they approve the use of the redevelopment statute for the properties. Read more.
Daily Memphian – The 28,000 square-foot theater at Crosstown Concourse, The Doll House, was designed to accommodate countless types of performance types including film, dance, theatre, live music and to host meetings for large groups. Designers created a modular floor section and movable seating that can transform the space in a matter of hours. This functionally, as well as top-quality acoustics provide a space for artists from all across the city to display their talents. Read more.
The USGBC Tennessee community awarded Crosstown Concourse the Exceptional Leadership Award as part of this year’s 2018 Leadership Awards for demonstrating high levels of leadership in all facets of sustainable design. The program celebrates the leadership of building owners, designers, and construction professionals who achieve LEED certification. The Crosstown team will be honored during the IMPACT Tennessee Conference in October. Read more.
Philly Voice - LRK recently participated in Philadelphia's 14th annual PARK(ing) Day. Founded in San Francisco in 2005, PARK(ing) Day consists of artists, designers, activists, and citizens converting metered parking into temporary public space to illustrate how valuable public space is to cities. This article showcases photos of LRK’s space, as well as the other amazing transformations around town. Read more.
Multifamily Executive - LRK is delighted to announce that Crosstown Concourse is the winner of two Multifamily Executive Awards - a Grand Award in the Adaptive Reuse category and Editor's Choice Award. Awards were presented yesterday at a ceremony held in conjunction with the 2018 Multifamily Executive Conference in Las Vegas at the Bellagio. Read more.
Urban Land - This Urban Land article focuses on the history of Crosstown Concourse’s redevelopment, the collaborative planning and design process, and the resulting impact the project has had on the surrounding neighborhood. A little over a year after completion, Crosstown has achieved full occupancy, and with 2,000 to 3,000 people visiting the building each day, residential development around the area has picked up and neglected commercial buildings are coming back to life. Read more.
Commercial Appeal - LRK is excited to announce that Lucy J’s Bakery opened in Crosstown Concourse earlier this week. Not just any bakery, Lucy J's mission is to provide job training and employment with living wages to individuals who are transitioning out of homelessness. LRK provided interior design services for Lucy J's Bakery. Read more.
Builder - We are excited to announce that two LRK-designed projects have won Builder’s Choice Awards. The O’More Designer Show Home in Nashville won a Merit Award in the Production, Semi-Custom, or Spec category and Memphis' The Chisca on Main received a Grand Award in the Renovation, Remodel, or Restoration category. The awards were presented on September 6th at HIVE Design 2018, a half-day symposium of thought leadership on the future of housing in Washington, DC. Winning projects will be featured in the September issue of Builder magazine.
Professional Builder - The 2018 Professional Builder Design Award winners have been announced and two LRK-designed projects are among the list. Memphis’ Parcels at Crosstown was a Gold Award winner in the multifamily category and Tate at Tanglewood in Houston was the winner of a Silver Award, also in the multifamily category. Professional Builder's annual competition recognizes builders, architects, designers, developers, land planners, and interior designers across the nation whose work demonstrates design innovation, as well as a high level of construction quality and success in the marketplace. This year Professional Builder awarded eight gold, six silver and two bronze winners. Read more.
As we enter our 35th year, we're excited to announce our newly-named senior associates. We look forward to continued growth of our leadership to better serve our clients, while creating memorable places to live, work, and play. Read more.
As we enter our 35th year, we're excited to announce newly-named associates. We look forward to continued growth of our leadership team to better serve our clients, while creating memorable places to live, work, and play. Read more.
LRK brought home four awards at the 39th annual Aurora Awards ceremony on August 17th at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Conference Center. Sponsored by the Southeast Building Conference, this year’s competition drew nearly 400 entries in 61 categories, including commercial, office space, renovated projects, mixed-use, affordable, multifamily, site planning, single family production and custom homes. Crosstown Concourse and The Michael both won Grand Awards and a Private Residence in Germantown and the O’More Designer Show House received Silver Awards in custom home categories.
Shawnee Mission Post - Construction has started on Meadowbrook Park's new 54-room inn. When complete, the inn will feature exterior event space, a swimming pool and spa, restaurant and café, business center with conference room, and a covered patio with fire pit. Expected completion is August 2019. LRK is providing architecture and interior design services. Read more.
The Daily News – Each year LRK’s summer internship program works with six to eight architectural students from around the country, and this year an intern-designed sportsplex for East High School was so well received that Shelby County School leaders are talking with potential donors about raising money to make the project a reality. Principal Lischa Brooks said the interns’ plans could make East “an exemplar for all of the schools in our city.” Read more.
Memphis Business Journal – LRK’s Tony Pellicciotti and Krissy Buck Flickinger discuss what’s new in green building as LEED practices become the industry standard.
LRK is pleased to announce that the firm has been named to PSMJ’s Circle of Excellence for the fifth 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. PSMJ designed the Circle of Excellence to highlight successfully managed firms that demonstrate outstanding achievements in areas such as profitability, overhead management, cash flow, productivity, business development, staff growth, and turnover. The Circle of Excellence represents the top 20 percent of participants in PSMJ’s annual A/E Financial Performance Benchmark Survey, based on 13 key performance metrics. Firms will be honored at PSMJ’s THRIVE 2018 conference to be held October 22-24, 2018 in San Diego.
Old Dominick Distillery was recently featured on ArchDaily. Click here to see the project.
Church Health was the healthcare category winner in the Shaw Contract Design Awards and is now in the running for the People's Choice Award. You can cast your vote until July 31st. Vote now.
StyleBlueprint - LRK’s Krissy Buck Flickinger is featured as StyleBlueprint’s latest FACE of Memphis. With a love of both historic preservation and sustainable architecture, Krissy is dedicated to designing buildings that are better for the environment and promote overall health and wellness. Read more.
High Ground News - This article focuses on the groundwork that is being laid for a complete transformation of The Pinch District. Each month stakeholders from the City of Memphis, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and private developers meet to discuss action items for the 9-block district. LRK provided planning, visioning, and community outreach services for the master plan. Read more.
Crosstown Concourse is an Architizer A+Awards finalist in the Architecture+Urban Transformation category. The A+Awards is a highly competitive competition with entries received from more than 100 countries. Voting will continue through July 20. Please click the link to cast your vote for Crosstown: https://bit.ly/2zsGDL0.
Crosstown Concourse was selected as a World Architecture Festival 2018 Finalist in the New and Old - Completed Buildings category. As the only project selected from the United States, Crosstown was recognized along with several projects from China, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, among others. Shortlisted projects will be presented to a live international jury at WAF in Amsterdam in November with winners announced at the conclusion of the Festival.
The Daily News - This article focuses on LRK’s love of designing great places and building community. LRK's skill in placemaking has naturally evolved from their diversity of project experience and multi-disciplinary approach. Founded in Memphis 35 years ago, this passion has helped the firm expand to eight offices around the country and allowed them to work on a multitude of award-winning projects, such as Orlando’s Baldwin Park, Nashville’s The Gulch, and Crosstown Concourse and Harbor Town locally. Read more.
Affordable Housing Finance has named Bell Artspace as a finalist in its 14th annual Reader's Choice Awards competition. Projects selected represent some of the most innovative affordable housing developments completed between 2017 and 2018. Read more.
TreeHouse has been honored with a 2018 TxA Design Award, one of 14 design awards presented by the Texas Society of Architects. The anchor tenant of Dallas’ newly renovated The Hill shopping center, TreeHouse is a green home improvement store offering products and services that promote healthful and sustainable living spaces. TreeHouse is net-positive, meaning that it produces more energy than it uses, a first for big-box retail in Texas, as well as for home improvement stores nationwide. Architectural services were provided by LRK with Lake|Flato. Read more.
Successful Meetings – Convention centers around the country, including the Memphis Cook Convention Center, are featured in this discussion about a city’s decision to build or renovate. The article discusses the Memphis Cook Convention Center’s ideal pedestrian-friendly location along the Mississippi River, as well as proximity to amenities as a key factor in the decision to renovate. Read more.
Marlton Sun - Jim Constantine, project team and municipal officials lead a second ‘Visioning Workshop” in as many weeks to empower residents and business owners with a vision to continue to transform, further strengthen and enhance the positive character the historic Marlton Village. The community selected their preferred imagery and provided comments for community gathering spaces, selective infill redevelopment and parking strategies to help see the future of Evesham’s downtown area. LRK previously prepared the “2020 Vision Plan” in 2009 in response to community concerns of the implications of the new highway interchange flyover that was constructed adjacent to the downtown area. Read more.
Community News/Princeton Echo – Princeton residents show up for a presentation on potential zoning changes to in an effort to preserve Princeton’s established historic residential neighborhoods. LRK’s Jim Constantine and Chris Cosenza present at a town meeting explaining a series of form-based code provisions and other zoning changes propelled by the Neighborhood Character and Zoning Initiative. Read more.
The Daily News - New details are emerging about the renovation of the Hickman Building, now to be known as The Commonwealth. The Commonwealth will feature 5,500 square feet of ground-floor retail, four floors of luxury apartments, and a mix of commercial tenants, including 18,500 square feet set aside for SouthernSun Asset Management. Vacant since 1971, the building is carefully being renovated to preserve as much of the original craftmanship as possible. Read more.
Commercial Appeal - The initial 148 units in the renovated historic brewery and the attached new apartment building have reached full occupancy in less than five months. According to property manager Fogelman Properties, the Tennessee Brewery is one of the company’s fastest projects to reach full occupancy. Read more.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Shari Meghreblian announced the winners of the 2018 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Awards, and Crosstown Concourse is a recipient in the Building Green category. Winners will be recognized for their achievements and positive impact on the state’s natural resources in an awards ceremony to be held in Franklin on July 9, 2018. Read more.
Savannah, Georgia - On Friday May 18, The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) honored Crosstown Concourse in Memphis, Tennessee with the grand prize among eleven professional and three student winners of its 17th annual Charter Awards, which recognize exemplary projects by local government, developers, architects, urban designers and others engaged in revitalizing and creating coherent cities, neighborhoods, and metropolitan regions. Winners are chosen because they not only embody and advance the principles of the Charter of the New Urbanism, but also because they make a difference in people's lives. Read more.
The Daily News - Construction will begin this summer on the Greenline's final missing link. The Hampline will connect Tillman Street and Overton Park, with a critical piece of the route crossing through the Broad Avenue Arts District. This successful public-private partnership has helped create a safe environment for both avid cyclists and families, while also generating an additional revenue stream for Broad Avenue businesses. LRK provided conceptual planning services and guided the public participation process. Read more.
Several LRK residential projects are featured in Anatomy of a Great Home by Boyce Thompson. "Carson Looney likes to sweat the small stuff," Thompson writes, "drawing details down to tie racks, garage walls that won't dent and bunk beds... Even the in the biggest custom homes, he draws key rooms to a comfortable human scale, visualizing how the rooms are likely to be used. 'That's how you create the impression that, wow, I could actually live here,' he says."
Congratulations to LRK Senior Associate Jason Weeks for completing New Memphis Institute's Leadership Development Initiative! The Leadership Development Initiative is a highly interactive 3 1/2 day experience designed to build stronger leaders.
LRK's Chris Janson and other transportation and urban development thought leaders participated in a discussion hosted by HR&A Advisors on how new mobility options will change our cities. The result is a white paper that highlights four key strategies local and regional governments of North Texas should implement to make the most of the mobility revolution. Read more.
REBusiness Online - StreetLights Residential has broken ground on The Elizabeth at Presidio, a 373-unit multifamily community in northwest Austin. The Elizabeth at Presidio will be StreetLights Residential’s second community in northwest Austin following The Michael at Presidio, a 415-unit property that opened in September 2016. LRK provided architectural services for both The Elizabeth and The Michael. Read more.
Commerical Appeal - Global Café, a three-stall 2,500 square-foot food hall located on the south dock of Crosstown Concourse will feature dishes from immigrants or refugees. The first stalls will be filled by immigrants and refugees from Nepal, Syria and Sudan. The goal of the project is to support refugees through food from their home countries – whether it's cooking and selling it as means of income or having welcoming gathering spot for all to experience those cultures. LRK is providing design services for the project build-out. Read more.
Bell Artspace celebrated its grand opening last week in the Tremé neighborhood of New Orleans. The afternoon was filled with music and live performances, art exhibitions, artist open studios and more. The community and project team members celebrated with a second line through the neighborhood.
Jim Constantine Named Chair of Northern NJ Creative Placemaking Committee; Speaking at National Conference at Drew University
Jim Constantine, PP, Principal at Looney Ricks Kiss (LRK), a nationally-recognized full-service architectural, planning and interior design firm, has been named by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Northern New Jersey District Council as Chair of its new Creative Placemaking Committee. Read more.
Crosstown Concourse won an Honor Award for Excellence, AIA Memphis' highest honor, at the association's 2018 gala Saturday night. Jurors were impressed with the new atriums created at Crosstown and commented that the building’s design is "malleable to absorb change" and capable of evolving over time. LRK also received a Merit Award for their careful renovation of the Nineteenth Century Club.
Dallas Business Journal - The Hill was named a finalist by the Dallas Business Journal' as a Best Real Estate Deal of 2017 in the Rehab or Reuse category. Maintaining the integrity of the 1970s architecture while retrofitting The Hill into a modern mixed-use development was one of the greatest challenges of the rehabilitation of this 236,050 square-foot former shopping center. Read more.
LRK’s Philadelphia office is honored to have been recognized by Community Design Collaborative as the 2017 Rookie of the Year, one of only eight awards presented at Leverage 2018 on April 10th. Community Design Collaborative provides pro bono preliminary design services to nonprofit organizations in greater Philadelphia, raising awareness of the importance of design in revitalizing communities. The “Rookie of the Year” award was presented “for exemplary work and enthusiasm as a new volunteer” and recognizes LRK team members for their efforts in transformative community design provided on a pro bono basis, including a recent mixed-use project for Mt. Vernon Manor CDC in the challenged Mantua neighborhood of West Philadelphia.
The Bell Artspace Campus project was recently awarded a 2018 Louisiana Landmark Society Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation. The project transformed six structures into 79 live-work housing units with ancillary uses. Vacant for 13 years, the site now thrives as a community of engaged residents, all while meeting criteria for obtaining historic preservation tax credits. LRK provided architectural design and historic rehabilitation services for this project. Read more.
LRK Associate Jonathan Flynt will participate on a panel at this year's national Complete Streets conference in Nashville, Tenn. Intersections: Creating Culturally Complete Streets, will focus on cutting-edge Complete Streets and creative placemaking research, ideas, and practices. Jonathan's session, "Engaging People, Art and Public Space via Tactical Urbanism," explores ideas and characteristics of tactical urbanism and the valuable role that engaging public art plays when included in a holistic process. Read more.
Houston Business Journal – Construction is underway on the first luxury apartments to be located within northeast Houston’s new 4,000-acre neighborhood, Generation Park. Called 255 Assay Street, the 251-unit apartments are situated within Redemption Square, the community’s 52-acre mixed-use district. Units will range in size from a 600-square-foot studio to a three-bedroom penthouse of 2,651 square feet, and the apartments will also feature 17,000 square feet of ground floor retail space. Completion is expected at the end of 2019. LRK is the design architect. Read more.
REBusiness Online - StreetLights will develop a 373-unit multifamily community within the 129-acre Austin Presidio development. The new community, designed by LRK, follows The Michael, a 415-unit community that was completed in September 2016. LRK provided architectural services for the Michael and provided master planning services for the Presidio Austin community. Read more.
Dallas News - Construction has started on the 26-story, 310-unit Hamilton high-rise apartment building in Deep Ellum. Developed by StreetLights Residential, the project includes ground floor retail, lounge, makers room, workout facility and rooftop pool deck. The project is part of the mixed-use Epic development. LRK is providing architectural services for the project. Read more.
Architectural Record - The redevelopment of Crosstown Concourse is featured in the March issue of Architectural Record. The article states, "As cities grapple with the respective futures of their industrial pasts, they would do well to look at Crosstown Concourse. For this development, the vision was strong and swayed a diverse group of prospective tenants to get on board. From an environmental standpoint, the transformation of the Sears building into a successful venture like Crosstown Concourse turned a white elephant into green one." Read more.
The Daily News - This article focuses on Church Health's philosophy of preventing illness and promoting well-being through nurturing both body and spirit as they seek to care for the traditionally underserved in our community. After years of growth and expansion, Church Health's services and outreach have once again been brought together under one roof at the Crosstown Concourse building. LRK provided interior design services for Church Health's new space at Crosstown. Read more.
The Architect's Newspaper - Renovations to the Memphis Cook Convention Center are part of Memphis' larger citywide Bicentennial Gateway Project to celebrate 200 years in 2019. Updates will include an expanded footprint, outdoor terraces with views to the river and downtown skyline, improved exhibition hall with increased breakout space, a new grand entrance and sky bridge, expanded back-of-house access, cosmetic changes to the 2,100-seat Canon Center for the Performing Arts, and expanded opportunities for public art. LRK is providing architectural and interior design services, along with Atlanta-based tvsdesign. Read more.
Several members of LRK’s Philadelphia studio have volunteered their design skills to help the Community Design Collaborative, an organization that provides pro bono preliminary design services to nonprofit organizations in greater Philadelphia, with a conceptual design for affordable housing.
The design for Mount Vernon Manor, located in the Mantua neighborhood of West Philadelphia, required 200 volunteer hours.
A long-vacant rowhome and two adjacent vacant lots offer Mount Vernon Manor CDC an opportunity to pursue a mixed-use development combining its new offices with affordable apartments. A recessed “front porch” and a glass storefront will draw residents into the CDC’s offices, which will include a community room accommodating 100. A separate entrance with an elevator will make the apartments above accessible. The renovated rowhome next door will provide a family with affordable housing. Read more.
Memphis Business Journal - The Memphis Business Journal has announced that Crosstown Concourse is this year's Project of the Year. The project - and the people whose hard work made it possible - will be honored at the Building Memphis awards ceremony February 27th at the Memphis Botanic Gardens. LRK is proud to have been a part of the project team! Read more.
Memphis Business Journal - We're honored to have been involved with three projects selected as finalists in the Memphis Business Journal's 2018 Building Memphis competition. Church Health at Crosstown Concourse is a finalist in the Best Renovation Large category, the University of Memphis' Laurie-Walton Family Basketball Center in the Best New Construction Large category, and the Medical District Streetscape Improvements project in the Best Renovation Small category. Winners will be announced at the Building Memphis awards ceremony held February 27th. Read more.
Take a virtual tour of the transformed Waterside neighborhood development that features an eight-acre riverfront park, nearby transit, and a variety of housing types. Located in Bensalem, Penn., Waterside strengthens the Delaware River’s prominence with a half-mile linear greenway animated with trails, marina, shops, and cafes. LRK provided planning services for this project Mignatti Companies.
One of the most challenging issues facing many desirable older communities is how to make new infill housing “fit” within established neighborhoods. LRK's Jim Constantine will present and moderate a panel on the subject for the upcoming New Jersey Planning Conference on January 25-26, sponsored by the American Planning Association of New Jersey and Rutgers University’s Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. Read more.
Two LRK projects were awarded 2017 Best in American Living Awards (BALA) by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Bexley won a Platinum Award in the Single-Family Community 100 Units & Over category and The Chisca on Main received a Gold Award in the Adaptive Reuse Multifamily category. Winners were announced on January 10th at the NAHB International Builders' Show.
Now in its 34rd year, BALA recognizes outstanding achievement by builders and design professionals in all sectors of the residential housing industry including single-family production, custom, multifamily, affordable, remodeling, community and interiors.
Vogue – James Beard Award-nominated chefs Michael Hudman and Andy Ticer are nearly ready to debut The Gray Canary, an 80-seat restaurant and lounge dedicated to locally sourced ingredients cooked on a wood-fired grill. The restaurant will also include a raw bar. LRK provided architecture and interior design services for the project. The Gray Canary is located adjacent to another LRK project, Old Dominick Distillery. Read more.
We are excited to announce three LRK projects were named finalists in the 2017 NAHB Multifamily Pillars of the Industry Awards program. The Michael in Austin, Texas was a finalist in the Best Garden Apartment Community (4 stories or less) category. Azul Baldwin Park in Orlando and Tate at Tanglewood in Houston were both honored in the Best Low Rise Apartment Community (non-garden, 5 stories or less) category. The projects were honored during an awards luncheon on January 9th in Orlando during the International Builders Show.
The Commercial Appeal - Crosstown Concourse, Memphis’ 1.5-million square foot historic distribution center-turned-vertical urban village, has been awarded a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification for its historic rehab and adaptive reuse of the Sears Crosstown building. Crosstown Concourse’s size and scope affirm the title as the largest historic adaptive reuse LEED Building Design + Construction Platinum project in the world. Read more.
Memphis Business Journal - A formerly blighted corner at Union Avenue and McLean Boulevard is undergoing a transformation to become home to a mix of apartments, restaurants, and retail. The $33.5 million project, known as The Citizen, marks the first construction of new apartments in Midtown in more than 15 years. A groundbreaking ceremony was held Thursday. LRK is providing architectural services. Read more.
Commercial Appeal - Work on ServiceMaster's new corporate headquarters in downtown Memphis is nearing completion with employees scheduled to begin moving in February 19th. The adaptive reuse of the old Peabody Place mall breathes new life into a formerly vacant building. The interior will feature light-filled, collaborative and adaptive work spaces in keeping with current workplace trends. Read more.