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.