Memphis Business Journal - A number of LRK-designed projects, including FedEx Logistics' renovation of the Gibson Guitar Factory, the Memphis Cook Convention Center renovation, The Citizen mixed-use development in midtown, and Wiseacre Brewing Company's new downtown facility, are featured in an article about current architectural projects that are helping to redefine Memphis. Read more.
LRK has welcomed nine new employees to our growing staff of 128 across eight offices.
- Adrienne Bodeen – Memphis; Architect
- Tyler Broome – Celebration; Project Manager
- Rogean Cadieux-Smith – Memphis; Project Manager
- Amanda Eggers – Dallas; Architectural Designer
- Katie Hunt – Memphis; Architectural Designer
- Todd Nations – Memphis; Accountant
- Rudy Salinas – Celebration; Project Manager
- Ronnie Santos – Dallas; Project Manager
- Stewart Wild – Memphis; Construction Administrator
“We’re proud to add these colleagues to our deep roster of committed and talented architects and planners,” said LRK founding principal Frank Ricks. Click here to read more about each new hire.
Daily Memphian - The renovated Central Station Hotel is scheduled to open in September. Guestrooms feature large windows and tall ceilings with spectacular views of downtown, while a 3,500-square-foot hotel restaurant and bar will anchor the ground floor, along with an additional 7,000 square feet of retail. Light-filled interiors feature mid-century modern furniture and an emphasis on the Memphis music scene, while an extensive art collection focuses on the train route stretching from New Orleans to Memphis to Chicago. Architectural services are being provided by LRK in association with Bounds and Gillespie Architects. Read more.
Daily Memphian - Orion Federal Credit Union is putting the finishing touches on their new headquarters and on Tuesday night board members, friends, and community members gathered at the new space to help celebrate. Orion’s staff of 140 will soon move into the 98-year-old former Wonder Bread factory, which has been renovated to incorporate a sleek modern design and light-filled space set amidst the building’s historic details. Orion’s renovation has also served as a catalyst for the whole Edge District neighborhood. LRK is providing architectural and interior design services for Orion’s historic renovation. Read more.
LRK Principal Frank Ricks will participate on the panel, “Design Snapshots: Award-winning Adaptive Reuse,” this Friday, June 7 at 8 a.m. at the AIA Conference on Architecture in Las Vegas. Panelists will investigate key characteristics, challenges, client relationships, and innovate techniques and materials used to create their projects. Frank will discuss LRK’s Crosstown Concourse project, which was a recipient of the 2019 AIA Architecture Award. Read more.
Independent Mail - A new $80 million development on Lake Hartwell in Clemson, South Carolina will feature 322 apartments, 14,000 square feet of restaurant space, 8,000 square feet of retail, a parking garage, and boardwalk along the lake. LRK is providing architectural services for the project. Read more.
Urban Land - Crosstown Concourse is one of 19 developments from around the world that have been named a finalist in the 2019 ULI Global Awards for Excellence, one of the real estate industry's most prestigious honors. Winners will be recognized at the 2019 ULI Fall Meeting and will be featured in the fall issue of Urban Land magazine. Read more.
OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) – On May 13th, HUD announced the award of a $25 million implementation grant for the redevelopment of the Spencer Homes public housing site and the surrounding neighborhood along North 30th Street. This Choice Neighborhoods funding leverages an additional $157 million of investments to transform the corridor, which is centered on Seventy Five North Revitalization Corporation’s Highlander community. Read more.
Daily Memphian - Although developers haven't yet announced a ground-floor commercial tenant, residents of The Citizen are already experiencing a mixed-use lifestyle with healthcare, groceries, a bank, and numerous restaurants and cafes nearby. Most of the 98 units in phase one have already been leased and pre-leasing on phase two's 75 units began two weeks ago. Read more.
Memphis Business Journal - Several LRK-designed projects were named winners at the Memphis Business Journal’s inaugural Best Real Estate Deals (BRED) awards ceremony, held April 25th at The Cadre Downtown. The Best Real Estate Deals honor the most significant commercial real estate deals that occurred in the Mid-South in 2017 and 2018. The Citizen was a winner in the residential category, while 999 S. Cooper Street was named a finalist. Wiseacre Brewery was the winner in the retail/restaurant category. LRK is also designing a renovation of office space at Toyota Plaza for Indigo Ag, who won the office category and was named Deal of the Year. Read more.
Dallas Business Journal – The Epic mixed-use development, which includes the LRK-designed multifamily high-rise The Hamilton, was recently honored with two Best Real Estate Deals Awards from the Dallas Business Journal. The project was the overall winner in the Urban Office category and a finalist in the Mixed-Use Development Category. Read more.
USA Today – Four LRK projects were featured in an article celebrating 10 must-see places in Memphis. Old Dominick Distillery, Crosstown Concourse, and The National Civil Rights Museum, where LRK served as design architect for the museum expansion, were noted along with the STAX Museum of American Soul in the section highlighting Memphis’ rich music history. LRK is proud to have been a part of these projects with such significance surrounding our headquarter city’s bicentennial celebration. Read more.
LRK is proud of its involvement with ULI-the Urban Land Institute both in Tennessee and nationally, and we are honored to be a sponsor of the 2019 ULI Spring 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 Tennessee, including The Gulch Redevelopment Master Plan, Jackson Walk, Crosstown Concourse, Memphis Ballpark Neighborhood, and Harbor Town.
Congratulations to Frank Ricks for being named to Inside Memphis Business' annual list of Power Players! Power Players are featured in the April issue of the magazine.
Daily Memphian - AIA Memphis' annual awards gala was held on Saturday night at Ballet Memphis and two LRK projects received honors. Old Dominick Distillery won the highest distinction, an Honor Award of Excellence, and the O'More Designer Show Home was honored with a Citation. A panel of judges from Richmond, Virginia presented awards to nine projects out of the 48 that were submitted. Read more.
Community Design Collaborative – LRK’s Nando Micale and Alex Bruce discuss the design process of Mt. Vernon Manor, the renovation of a long-vacant row home and two adjacent lots into affordable housing and the Community Design Collaborative’s offices and community meeting space, with Michael Thorpe, executive director of Mt. Vernon Manor CDC. Read more.
Memphis Business Journal - The Citizen, the long awaited redevelopment at the corner of Union Avenue and McLean Boulevard, will welcome its first residents over the weekend. Construction on an adjacent mixed-use building is anticipated to be complete in July. LRK provided architectural services for the project. Read more.
Business Wire - The McKenzie, a 22-story, 183-unit traditionally designed high rise located on the eastern edge of Dallas' exclusive Highland Park neighborhood, was recently recognized as the first certified Fitwel multifamily development in Texas, according to the Center for Active Design. Fitwel provides a new standard for the building industry and supports widespread adoption of health-promoting strategies in commercial real estate. The McKenzie was named a Fitwel-certified space due to its location, building access, outdoor spaces, indoor environment, dwellings, shared spaces and more. Read more.
At Home Memphis & MidSouth - An LRK-designed home is featured in the latest issue of At Home Memphis & MidSouth. Inspired by the architecture and color palette of the Gulf Coast community Rosemary Beach, this Germantown home has an inviting street presence, but the layout differs from other homes in the area. Rather than the usual front and rear yard plan, this home opens up to an entertaining courtyard on the northern side and an auto court entrance on the southern side of the home. Read more.
LRK’s Jim Constantine and Chris Cosenza will participate on panel discussions on Friday, March 8, at the New Jersey Future Redevelopment Forum. Constantine’s panel, “Density that Doesn’t Look Dense: Meeting the Surging Demand for In-Town Housing,” will explore how “Missing Middle” housing can accommodate the demand for housing needs in communities that already feel too dense to build. Cosenza’s session, “Preparing your Community for Redevelopment,” will discuss how municipalities can take steps to develop and create a vision for more attractive communities.
LRK is honored to announce that the Parcels at Crosstown also recently won a Best in American Living Silver Award in the Adaptive Reuse/Multifamily category. The Best in American Living Award ceremony was held on February 20th at the Westgate as part of the 2019 International Builders' Show in Las Vegas. Judges commented "This is a big "wow!" The windows are fantastic, and it is very cool how the project team carved out the center of the former Sears distribution center for an atrium." Read more.
The Parcels at Crosstown was honored with two Pillars of the Industry Awards: Multifamily Community of the Year and Best Mixed-Use Community. Winners were announced at a celebratory awards luncheon on February 19th in Las Vegas during the International Builders Show. Read more.
Memphis Business Journal – The redeveloped Tennessee Brewery was named Project of the Year and honored with the Best Renovation Large award at the 7th Annual Building Memphis Awards. Additionally, the Crosstown Arts Theater won an award in the Best New Construction Medium category. The Building Memphis Awards celebrate the top new construction and revitalization projects in the Mid-South. Read more.
The Rudy Bruner Awards for Excellence (RBA) announced the finalists for its 2019 Gold and Silver medal prizes. For the past 30 years, the RBA design competition has recognized transformative places that contribute to the economic, environmental, and social vitality of American cities. Crosstown Concourse is one of five finalists. Winners will be selected in June after RBA staff visit each site. Read more.
LRK to Provide Architectural, Interior Design Services for Gibson Renovation for FedEx Logistics HQ Relocation
Memphis Business Journal - Looney Ricks Kiss is proud to be providing architectural and interior design services for the renovation of the Gibson Guitar Factory for FedEx Logistics’ downtown Memphis headquarters. The project includes converting the 190,000 square-foot building into office space for approximately 660 employees. Read more.
Kansas City Business Journal – The Kessler at Meadowbrook Park was awarded a 2019 Capstone Real Estate Award in the Multifamily category by the Kansas City Business Journal. The Capstone Awards highlight the best projects completed in 2018. Looney Ricks Kiss provided architectural and interior design services for The Kessler. Read more.
Daily Memphian – Crosstown Concourse was one of nine buildings selected by the American Institute of Architects for the AIA 2019 Honor Awards. Recipients of the AIA Awards highlight the best contemporary architecture regardless of budget, size, style, or type. These projects show the world the range of outstanding work architects create and the many ways buildings and spaces can improve lives. Read more.
LRK’s Chris Cosenza presented at Sustainable Princeton panel discussion around the topics of mixed-use development, transit-oriented development, location efficient development and form-based codes and how these factors create a sense of place that is walkable and help reduce a community’s emissions in the face of climate change. The session, “Why Is It Too Far to Walk? Building a Climate-Friendly Princeton,” presented at the Princeton Public Library, explored how land use planning plays a role in the effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Click here for the presentation.
LRK is excited to announce that Chad Boardman has joined the Philadelphia office as a project architect. Boardman joins LRK with more than 12 years of experience in commercial, education, and residential architecture, including: senior living, mixed-income, and market-rate housing. Boardman is currently contributing his expertise to an LRK-designed high-rise residential apartment tower in Houston’s Museum District.
Daily Memphian - Construction is expected to commence in April or May on the U.S. Marine Hospital renovation. The project consists of three brick buildings: the 75,000-square-foot main hospital and a 15,000-square-foot maintenance structure built in the 1930s and a 4,500-square-foot nurses' quarters built in the 1880s. The buildings will provide 71 multifamily units including studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments. In addition to the planned apartment amenities, residents will have easy access to the nearby Metal Museum, Chickasaw Heritage Park, and Crump Park. LRK is providing architectural services for the renovation. Read more.
Daily Memphian - City leaders held a groundbreaking ceremony yesterday to kick off the $190 million expansion/renovation of the Memphis Cook Convention Center. Upgrades will provide a modern exterior, hotel-quality interior finishes, and new meeting rooms and outdoor seating areas that take advantage of spectacular river views. Read more.
Last month, Looney Ricks Kiss was named a Top ID Hospitality Firm (TopID), by The Hospitality Network Industry Network (NEWH) for the Memphis/Mid-South Region chapter. The TopID award is a prestigious honor determined by NEWH chapter and regional board to recognize and promote the best designers in the hospitality industry. LRK is honored to be named among such a talented group of designers. Read more.
Memphis Business Journal – LRK is honored to have been involved with six projects selected as finalists in the Memphis Business Journal's 2019 Building Memphis competition. The Crosstown Arts Theatre and FedExFamilyHouse, Phase II are both finalists in the Best New Construction Medium category, Memphis Rox is a finalist in the Best Renovation Medium category, and ServiceMaster Headquarters, South Main Artspace Lofts, and the Tennessee Brewery are finalists in the Best Renovation Large category. Winners will be honored at the Building Memphis awards ceremony held February 19th at the Botanic Gardens. Read more.
Daily Memphian - LRK embraces art as an essential element in building design as evidenced by recent projects such as the Fannie C. Harris Youth Center in Dallas, the Crosstown Arts Theater and Artspace Lofts in Memphis, and most recently Kreate Space in Philadelphia. For Kreate Space, LRK is currently leading the adaptive reuse of a historic school and transforming the structure into studio space for artists and makers. LRK's Eli Storch says their goal is to create a functional welcoming building that won't "compete with the creative community who will bring this space to life." Read more.
LRK is proud to announce Damon Brider, Amy Smith, and Scott Van Der Jagt as the newest principals of the firm.
“These three have demonstrated outstanding work across various critical roles in our field—but more importantly, each values and carries the welfare of our firm in a holistic and diligent manner,” said founding principal Frank Ricks. “We are proud of their contributions and their willingness to take the risks and rewards that come with formal LRK partnership.”
Daily Memphian - LRK is excited to be working on the renovation and expansion of South Main's historic Arcade Restaurant. The project includes renovation and expansion of restaurant space, new coffee and liquor bar, bathrooms, facade renovations, parking lot upgrades, the addition of a plaza/pedestrian connection between parking and restaurant, and a public art mural for the south facade of the building. Read more.
Medical Construction & Design - Church Health is the focus of the article, “Agent for Transformative Change,” and is featured on the cover of the November/December issue of Medical Construction & Design. The article focuses on the challenges and solutions of consolidating 13 separate Church Health facilities under one roof at the historic Crosstown building, creating a patient-centered, welcoming environment that promotes wellness, and improving staff efficiency and communication. Read more.
The Commercial Appeal - LRK is honored to be named to The Commercial Appeal’s list of Top Workplaces for the second year in a row. The Commercial Appeal partnered with Energage, an employee research and culture technology firm, to determine Memphis’ top workplaces based solely on employee survey feedback. The employee survey gathers responses covering a broad range of topics including alignment, effectiveness, connection, management, employee engagement, leadership, pay, benefits, training, and more. This year 618 local organizations were invited to the survey, 18,819 employees responded, and 55 companies were named Top Workplaces.
D CEO - The McKenzie is featured as D CEO’s Multifamily High-Rise Development of the Year. The 22-story, 183-unit residential high-rise offers on-site concierge and valet parking, electric vehicle charging stations, a private boardroom, a pet park and spa, a resort-style pool, and fitness center. The community also offers easy access to the Katy Trail, restaurants, and upscale retail. Read more.
Dallas Innovates – The Hill Shopping Center received an Honorable Mention in the Built Project Category of the Urban Design Awards given by the Greater Dallas Planning Council. The awards recognize people and projects whose excellence and leadership have impacted urban design and urban planning in the Dallas region. LRK provided architecture and urban planning services for the project. Read more.
The Kansas City Star - When redeveloping the 18-hole golf course into Meadowbrook Park, city officials and developer VanTrust agreed on a reserving 60 percent of the property for an urban park. With significant buy-in from residents, what resulted was a “park framed by a neighborhood” and the jewel in the development’s crown. The Meadowbrook Park community will feature 53 single family homes, 20 twin villas, 282 upscale apartment units, a boutique inn, and 300-unit senior living facility. LRK is providing planning; architectural and interior design services for the Kessler luxury apartments, the inn & restaurant, twin villas and some single family homes; and design review services for all single family homes at Meadowbrook Park. Read more.
Daily Memphian - LRK is providing architectural services for a new Wiseacre brewery located at the southwest corner of B.B. King and Butler in downtown Memphis. The new brewery will be able to produce 100,000 barrels yearly and employ a staff of 70. Although most of the 40,000-square-foot facility will be set aside for production, a larger taproom is also being planned. Read more.
Retrofit - The latest issue of Retrofit magazine features the revitalization of 85 Union, located at one of the most iconic corners in downtown Memphis. LRK helped the owner analyze an existing, underperforming building and develop a renovation plan to transform the building into more appealing, leasable space. Read more.
Daily Memphian - With The Citizen’s buildings lining the street, the welcoming, pedestrian-friendly design could signal a turning point for Union Avenue. Ground-floor continuous storefront glazing, a canopy that creates a human-scale, appropriate lighting, and new street trees further contribute to an inviting streetscape. Read more.
Marvin Architects Challenge - Two LRK projects, a private residence and the O’More Designer Showhouse, were published in a book celebrating the 10th annual Marvin Architects Challenge. The Architects Challenge is an annual showcase of some of the finest examples of residential and commercial architecture featuring Marvin and Integrity windows and doors.
The Scout Guide - LRK is featured in the city’s latest edition of The Scout Guide. Be sure to look for a copy when you're out and about in Memphis!
Building Design & Construction - Crosstown Concourse is featured as a Platinum Award winner in the magazine’s annual Reconstruction Awards. The magazine’s Executive Editor, Robert Cassidy, is quoted in the article saying, “Of the hundreds of Reconstruction Award entries I have evaluated since 2002, Crosstown Concourse has, in my opinion, set the highest standards of design, engineering, and construction excellence, as well as the loftiest goals of community service, social justice, and positive economic development.” Read more.
LRK Principal Rebecca Courtney will participate in Cushman Wakefield | Commercial Advisors’ “Winning in Leadership” discussion panel this Thursday, Nov. 8 at 7 a.m. at Rust Hall. WIN (Women’s Integrated Network) is dedicated to development and supporting the talents of women team members so they continue to have a meaningful impact in the workforce and their communities. Read more.
Memphis Medical News - When Church Health recently consolidated their 13 separate facilities under one roof at Crosstown Concourse, their design goals were efficiency and beauty as a means of expressing their "respect for every person coming through the doors for care." In addition to a warm, welcoming patient-centered space, another goal was for patients and visitors to see "wellness happening" throughout the facility, leading to a significant use of glass and open floor plans. LRK provided interior design and architectural services for Church Health. Read more.
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.
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.
“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
Builder - Newland Communities’ chief marketing officer, Teri Slavik-Tsuyuki, was the recent recipient of a 2015 William S. Marvin Hall of Fame for Design Excellence Award. LRK has worked with Newland Communities for nearly 10 years on communities such as Embrey Mill in Virginia and Waterset and FishHawk Ranch in Florida. Photographs of three LRK-designed projects are featured in the article, as well as quotes from principal Mark Jones. Since 2005 the Wm. S. Marvin Hall of Fame for Design Excellence has been celebrating architects and builders with a legacy of delivering remarkable residential design and timeless communities. In 2007 LRK’s Carson Looney was inducted into the Wm. S. Marvin Hall of Fame for his quality-of-life design solutions that are based on timeless principles of architecture. Read more.
The Commercial Appeal - One Commerce Square just became the first downtown Memphis office building to receive LEED Gold certification. LRK designed the renovation of the 30-story building and managed the LEED process. The owners of One Commerce Square have seen energy savings of 45% or $138,000 annual cost savings. Read more.
The Commercial Appeal - Stakeholder meetings were held in Germantown last week to find the highest and best uses for the 303-acre Forest Hill Heights site, specifically dense development that would generate the most tax revenue for the city. Based on public input, some suggested uses include one- and two-story residential, retail, and office buildings interspersed with green spaces. LRK is master planner and is leading the public stakeholder process. Read more.
Professional Builder Magazine - The November cover story, "Mixed Use Revitalizes Urban Areas," shows examples of revitalization around the country, including LRK project Eddy Street Commons, at the gateway to the University of Notre Dame. LRK principals, Victor Buchholz and Frank Ricks, explain more about the design approach in this article. Read more.
The Commercial Appeal - The Shops of Saddle Creek expansion has announced 7 new nationally-known tenants including Apple, Vom Fass, Stoney River Steakhouse and Grill, Select Comfort, Lily Rain, Soft Surroundings, and Kendra Scott Jewelry, which just opened for business today. They join major brand Michael Kors, which opened this past summer. LRK provided architectural services for the retail expansion - 140,000 square feet of shopping and dining venues set in a walkable pedestrian-oriented landscape with a timeless blend of contemporary and transitional architecture, all within the City of Germantown’s Smart Growth District. Read more.
At Home Memphis & MidSouth - An LRK-designed home graces the cover and eight pages of the November issue of At Home Memphis & MidSouth. Homeowners, Leslie and Alper Cetingok, searched with their realtor for over a year to find the perfect house before turning to Carson Looney to design a home custom tailored to their needs. With Carson’s guidance, the home was designed to be light and airy, European in feel, and highly functional and livable. Read more.
Memphis Daily News - New owners, Walk-Off Properties LLC, have purchased the long-vacant building on the corner of Madison and N. Fourth Street for a mixed-use redevelopment. In the article, LRK principals, Rob Norcross and Frank Ricks, talk about the plans for redeveloping the Hickman Building and adjacent garage. Ground floor retail, office, and residential is currently being studied as the mix of building uses. Read more.
The Daily News - Mixed-use projects are becoming more popular than ever in Memphis as millennials are leading a drive to return to the urban core. With an eye towards sustainability, previously disregarded neighborhoods are being developed into more livable pedestrian-friendly communities and adaptive reuse is on the rise. This article lists over eight notable mixed-use projects designed by LRK as successful examples. Read more.
Best in American Living Magazine - The most recent issue of the NAHB's Best in American Living e-magazine features an article entitled “It’s All in the Details: The Front Porch,” written by Carson Looney. The article includes tips on how to design a great porch and highlights multiple LRK projects. Read more.
Houston Business Journal – The first model homes have opened in Somerset Green, a new luxury townhome community located in Houston. This European-inspired community features a guarded gatehouse and a 5,000-square-foot amenity center with walking paths, pocket parks, and water canals interspersed throughout. LRK provided architectural services for the amenity center and gatehouse and created 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.
Northjersey.com - A redevelopment plan has been approved for a 19.7-acre waterfront site in Hackensack, New Jersey. The plan includes 700 residential units, commercial space, a hotel, public amenities, and a river walk with access to the Hackensack River. LRK is providing planning services. Read more.
NJTOD.org - Work on the Pearl Street redevelopment is underway in downtown Metuchen. The project will transform one of the Borough’s surface parking lots into a mixed-use project with residential, commercial, public space, and a parking garage. Located one block from Main Street, the redevelopment is also easily accessible from the Metuchen Station. LRK services included preparing the vision plan and master plan; public space framework including the performance standards for the “shared space” concept surrounding the town square; urban design, architectural and landscape design standards; zoning; and design review. Read more.
The Daily News - Plans were announced today to demolish the empty eight-story Artisan Hotel on the corner of Union Avenue and McLean Boulevard and replace it with a $43 million mixed-use project consisting of 188 apartments, 10,521 square feet of ground floor commercial space, a 30,500-square-foot national gourmet grocery store, and 513-space parking deck. LRK is providing architectural services. Read more.
Centraljersey.com - LRK recently helped facilitate a public input process and developed a vision plan for Downtown Hightstown. The aim of the plan is to create an active waterfront promenade that is unique to the region with retail, restaurants, and plenty of open space for entertainment and public activities. Read more.
LRK was honored to win the Professional Division Award in USGBC's recent Paper Power competition. USGBC's Memphis Chapter sponsors this annual event to raise awareness about waste and recycling, explore creative ways to reuse unwanted materials, and to teach the community about design and construction techniques.
The Commercial Appeal - The ArtSpace Lofts are one step closer to construction, thanks to an anonymous $500,000 challenge grant. So far 95% of the $14 million funding goal has been reached. ArtSpace's purpose is to provide reasonably priced housing and studio space for local artists. LRK is the architect. Read more.
The Jackson Sun -The City of Jackson has received a National Award for Smart Growth Achievement for Jackson Walk. The award, given by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, was one of three given nationally out of 48 applications from 19 states. Jackson is the first and only Tennessee city to ever receive the award.
The Daily News - This week some of the first residents will begin moving into The Plaza, the newer of the two buildings comprising The Chisca on Main. Originally built in 1961, the building features 32 units on four floors. Construction on the Chisca redevelopment is expected to be entirely completed by year’s end and will consist of an additional 129 units in the historic Chisca Hotel building, as well as two ground-floor restaurants, including a Lyfe Kitchen and a second, yet to be identified. Read more.
The Commercial Appeal - Initial plans for the renovation of the historic Tennessee Brewery building (c. 1890) and the new adjacent Wash House apartments were recently submitted to the Memphis and Shelby County Office of Planning and Development.The $27.5 million restoration project consists of the seven-story Brewery building, which will feature 58 residential units and ground-floor commercial space, and the new six-story, 90-unit apartment building designed to complement the historic Brewery. Read more.
Take a virtual tour through the new University of Memphis Men's Basketball Training Facility, breaking ground this fall. LRK provided architectural and interior design services.
The Dallas Morning News - A collaboration between LRK’s Memphis, Baton Rouge, and Little Rock offices, The McKenzie is a 22-story luxury apartment building currently under construction near Dallas’ Highland Park neighborhood. Designed for empty nesters desiring a rental community with upscale amenities, The McKenzie will feature valet, concierge service, 24-hour doorman, resident bar, private gardens, outdoor dining, supper club area, and fitness area. Read more.
Azul Baldwin Park was honored with multiple Aurora Awards including Grand Aurora Awards in the Green High-Rise/Mid-Rise Multifamily Development category and in the Rental Apartment Community Density of 15 or More Units Per Acre category. The Aurora Awards were presented at the Southeast Builders Conference (SEBC) Black Tie Gala event at the Rosen Center in Orlando, Florida on July 18, 2015. Awards are presented to outstanding builders, planners, architects, developers, designers, and interior merchandisers within a twelve state southeastern and eastern Caribbean region.
The Des Moines Register - Adjacent to Altoona’s Bass Pro Shops and visible from Interstate 80, Prairie Crossing has grown into a 230-acre development that includes over 600 single and multifamily residences, retail, offices, hotels and restaurants in a pedestrian-friendly environment. The LRK-planned community also features a canal, small lake, and public plaza for residents, workers and shoppers to enjoy. Read more.
Memphis Business Journal - A building permit has been filed to construct the University of Memphis' new indoor basketball practice facility. The LRK-designed building will feature one full-size court with four basketball goals, weight/fitness rooms and performance center, Hall of Fame, sports medicine facilities, academic space, ticket office, media accomodations, and basketball operations offices. Construction is expected to be complete in fall 2016. Read more.
Memphis Business Journal - Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare is transforming a former Anthem Career College facility into a "Technology/Information Services Campus." A complete interior renovation is being planned in an effort to consolidate all of Methodist's IT resources, as well as biomedical and clinical engineering departments. LRK is parterning with Methodist and Belz Construction on the renovation. Read more.
LRK has once again been named to PSMJ’s Circle of Excellence. PSMJ Resources, Inc., a leading management consulting firm for the A/E 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. LRK is one of 66 national firms to be recognized. The firms will be honored at this year’s A/E/C Industry Summit to be held in San Francisco on December 3-4, 2015.
The Daily News - Only two months after the plan was formally released, the Mid-South Regional Greenprint and Sustainability Plan received the Excellence in Sustainability Award for a Plan from the American Planning Association's Sustainable Communities Division. Now eight juisdictions have accepted the plan's adoption resolution, giving significant momentum to the Greenprint initiative. Read more.
LRK's Memphis principals, J. Carson Looney, Frank Ricks, Tony Pellicciotti, Victor Buchholz, Rebecca Courtney and Rob Norcross, were recently featured in the city's latest edition of The Scout Guide. Be sure to look for a copy when you're out and about in Memphis!
Thomasville Times-Enterprise - A proposed concept plan for the new Thomasville, Georgia event center was unveiled on Wednesday before a crowd of enthusiastic citizens. The LRK-designed building draws on surrounding historic structures for inspiration and features meeting rooms, a ballroom, catering kitchen, city visitor center, nature center, and green space. Read more.
The Michigan Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism recently awarded Cherry Hill Village a 2015 Mackinaw Prize. The CNU New England jury commented that "Cherry Hill Village, impressive in its size and sophistication, is, surprisingly, really an infill project. A constellation of nineteenth-century historic buildings, strung loosely along two old road alignments, is now being tied firmly together by an overlay of new, mixed-use and residential buildings, and the overall assembly equipped with a range of new civic spaces and parks. The result is a coherent place, remarkable for being fundamentally an intensified version of itself... Cherry Hill Village is a model both in process and in realization, worthy of the attention, and emulation, around the country."
Baldwin Harbor, a multifamily community developed by ZOM and designed by LRK, was featured in the summer issue of DDC Journal. The two four-story apartment buildings are located on waterfront acreage in the Orlando community of Baldwin Park. Construction began in December.
Dedicated to supporting ULI-the Urban Land Institute both locally and nationally, LRK is a proud sponsor of the 2015 ULI Spring Meeting in Houston.
Downtown Hightstown is hosting a brainstorming session on ways to create a "downtown waterfront experience" unique to the region. The workshop on May 26 will discuss ideas for creating a more walkable community, better uses for underutilized properties, and integrating Peddie Lake into the new plan. LRK is currently providing planning services to Downtown Hightstown and will be coordinating the community meetings. Read more.
Memphis - LRK's Memphis principals were recently featured as "The Face of Architecture" in Memphis magazine's 2015 Faces of the Mid-South issue.
Inside Memphis Business - Frank Ricks was recently named to Inside Memphis Business' 2015 list of Power Players.
GREENPRINT 2015/2040, the final plan of the Mid-South Regional Greenprint and Sustainability Plan initiative, has been awarded the Excellence in Sustainability Award for a Plan. This prestigious award comes months after the Greenprint Plan was completed by a tri-state regional consortium of partners and formally released in February 2015. The plan effort was led by the Memphis-Shelby County Office of Sustainability. LRK and Team LRK Greenprint planning members Alta Planning, Placeways LLC, the Trust for Public Land, and Powers Hill Design congratulate consortium partners and the Office of Sustainability on the award-winning work that was accomplished. Read more.
inRegister - Located in the Bocage neighborhood of Baton Rouge, this renovation is a perfect combination of old and new, modern and antique. The existing home had “good bones,” but LRK’s Mike Sullivan helped reconfigure the spaces to accommodate a modern family lifestyle and to provide an ideal floor plan for entertaining. Read more.
The Daily News - Plans for downtown Central Station were unveiled on Friday and include a new boutique hotel, a five-screen Malco movie theater, and the possbility of a grocery store. The project would also include a plaza to hold a relocated Farmers Market. LRK is providing master planning services. Read more.
Bardwell Homes introduces the project team for Veranda, a new community in Baton Rouge, and Mike Sullivan is listed as the principal architect. Veranda will feature 68 homes, with design inspiration drawn from traditional Southern architecture, centered around common green space. Read more.
LRK is pleased to announce that Waterset Amenity Center in Tampa is now officially LEED NC certified.
The Daily News - The branding campaign for this 64,544-square-foot mixed-use development draws upon the building's history as a printing company, its location adjacent AutoZone Park's left field, and the building's large mural by internationally acclaimed artist, Jeff Zimmerman. The Pressbox Lofts have been well-received; construction was completed in November and all 50 loft-style apartments were leased by January. Read more.
The Daily News - The Crosstown redevelopment project reached a ceremonial milestone as it officially broke ground this past Saturday.
The Daily News – On February 4, the Central Library held a groundbreaking for their new state-of-the-art learning lab for teens. Rebecca Courtney, principal in charge of interiors at LRK, worked with Margaret Sullivan of Margaret Sullivan Studio, “leading designer of teen spaces in libraries,” to design the teen lab space. Read more.
“Neighborhood Challenges for a Re-Urbanizing Nation” is the theme for this year’s Seaside Prize Housing Symposium being held this weekend from February 20-22. The four-part symposia is led by 2015 Seaside Prize winners Todd Zimmerman and Laurie Volk, champions of New Urbanism.
Looney Ricks Kiss along with other nationally recognized firms with a strong portfolio modeling New Urbanism have been invited to present on various housing topics. J. Carson Looney, founding principal in charge of residential architecture at LRK, will be presenting in a panel to discuss “21st Century Housing for 21st Century Households.”
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Memphis Business Journal - We're delighted to have been involved with four of the projects that have been named 2015 Building Memphis finalists: Pressbox Lofts, South Junction, Soulsville Charter School Multipurpose Building, and the Walker Avenue Redevelopment. These projects will be highlighted in more detail in a special section MBJ will publish Feb. 20. An awards reception will be held Feb. 24 at Memphis Botanic Garden beginning at 5:30 p.m. Read more.
High Ground - LRK is honored to be a part of the Tennessee Brewery project. Plans for the historic structure include its transformation into a largely residential community. With the construction of a new adjacent building, the project will boast a total of 142 units and a 280-space public parking garage with 8,000 square feet of ground floor commercial space. Read more.
In the inaugural Memphis Magazine Home Design Awards, an LRK show home received awards in two categories – Traditional Kitchen and Dining Room. The home located in Germantown, Tennessee was part of the 2013 Vesta Home Show custom built by David Clark Construction. Click for photos and for more on the article.
LRK has been named to PSMJ’s Circle of Excellence. PSMJ Resources, Inc., a leading management consulting firm for the A/E industry, recognizes the top firms demonstrating sound business practices each year. Awards are based on performance metrics such as business development, operations, and staff retention. The firms were honored at a dinner on December 4th at the 2014 A/E/C Industry Summit in Orlando.
Affordable Housing News - The LRK-designed Elysian, located in Baton Rouge, is featured in the winter issue of Affordable Housing News. According to the article, The Elysian sets a new standard in the city’s affordable housing stock with an outdoor kitchen and garden, playground, bike storage, and community room and fitness center. Offering convenient access to parks, restaurants, retail and a farmer’s market, The Elysian was also the recent recipient of the 2014 Good Growth Award.
Houston Chronicle - The 266-unit CityWest is located in Houston’s Westchase District within walking distance of the Phillips 66 corporate headquarters, currently under construction. The contemporary architectural spirit of CityWest reflects the modern metropolis that is Houston and promises to be the first step in transforming the existing District into a walkable live/work environment. Read more.
Delta Magazine - One of LRK’s custom homes graces the cover and twelve pages of Delta Magazine’s November/December holiday issue. Although designed for a contemporary lifestyle, the home is inspired by classic Southern architecture and exudes an old-world charm. Pick up a copy of the magazine at the newsstand today!
The Daily News – Located on Union Avenue, the fate of the historic Nineteenth Century Club has been tenuous and at one point, demolition seemed inevitable. Thanks to a new owner, renovation plans are now underway and call for an upscale restaurant and event rental space. LRK is proud to be a part of the project team. Read more.
LRK is proud of its involvement with ULI-the Urban Land Institute both locally and nationally and we are honored to be a sponsor of the 2014 ULI Fall Meeting in New York City. LRK’s commitment to designing and creating sustainable thriving communities is synonymous with ULI’s mission and reflected in the designs of multiple ULI Award for Excellence projects including Memphis Ballpark Neighborhood, Harbor Town and Orlando's Baldwin Park.
LRK is honored to have received six awards at the Tennessee ASID Design Awards ceremony on October 10, 2014. Talis Park (Naples, FL), the West Osceola Branch Library (Celebration, FL), and Waterset Welcome Center (Tampa, FL) were First Place winners. The National Civil Rights Museum Administration Building (Memphis, TN) and the LIFT Wellness Center (Jackson, TN) received Merit awards, while the Waterset Welcome Center was also named Best in Show!
LRK is honored to have been a part of the project team for the Memphis International Airport Ground Transportation Center. The pedestrian plaza design recently received an Honor Award at the annual conference of the TN Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. There were only 8 professional awards given statewide and just 3 for West TN projects.
LRK is excited to announce our first Green Globes Professional, Krissy Buck. LRK has always realized the importance of sustainable design and has implemented best practices ranging from smart growth principles to environmentally friendly products to LEED certification. With Krissy’s GGP certification, we now add Green Globes expertise to our portfolio. Krissy joined LRK in 2011, bringing with her a wealth of LEED project experience. Krissy has been involved with the certification efforts for five LEED Platinum projects and she is a USGBC Board Member for the Memphis Chapter. With a passion for sustainability, historic preservation and adaptive reuse, Krissy believes design should celebrate the history of a community and work within the existing fabric to create the perfect blend of old and new. Congratulations, Krissy.
Jackson Walk received an Outstanding Planning Award for Implementation from the American Planning Association, Tennessee Chapter. The award was presented at a luncheon that was held on August 28, 2014 in conjunction with the Tennessee APA's annual conference in Nashville.
The Daily News - This article discusses how the Mid-South Regional Greenprint and Sustainability Plan leverages our local natural resources and growing network of trails, providing more recreational opportunities, boosting the regional transportation system, promoting economic development, and building community. Read more.
LRK-designed Post 510, a multifamily community located near the Museum District in Houston, has received NGBS Green Certification at the Bronze level of the 2008 National Green Building Standard.
LRK Receives an AIA Tennessee Merit Award for the National Civil Rights Museum Administration Building
LRK was honored with a Merit Award for the National Civil Rights Museum Administration Building at the 2014 Design Awards gala held in conjunction with AIA Tennessee's state convention. Fourteen projects were chosen from a field of 70 submittals. Read more.
The Jackson Housing Authority in Jackson, TN, was awarded $190,330 by the Tennessee Housing Development Agency to build additional housing in the LRK-designed Jackson Walk development. Hal Crocker, Jackson Walk developer and a partner in Healthy Community LLC who will lead the new housing development, indicated that they will be focusing on smaller homes in a target redevelopment area that is part of Jackson Walk. Read more...
LRK was honored with multiple Aurora Awards, including the Golden Aurora Award, which is considered Best in Show. The Lake House at Fishhawk Ranch won an Aurora Award and a Grand Aurora Award in the Recreational Facility/Community Clubhouse category, and the LiFT Wellness Center won an Aurora Award, Grand Aurora Award - Best of State TN, and the Golden Aurora Award. The awards banquet was held in conjunction with the Southeast Building Conference on July 26th at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando.
Modern Distillery Age - Memphis-based food and beverage wholesale and distributor, D. Canale & Co., has announced it is building Old Dominick, a public distillery and tasting room in downtown Memphis. A 1920s warehouse is being renovated for the distillery, which plans to begin operations next summer and open to the public in fall of 2015. LRK is providing architectural services for the renovation. Read more.
At Home Memphis & MidSouth - This article relays the history of FedExFamilyHouse, beginning as the vision of a local community leader to the extensive volunteer network that supports the facility today. FedExFamilyHouse aims to provide a flexible, home-like environment for families with a critically ill child being treated at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital. LRK provided both architectural and interior design services. Read more.
Fort Worth-based Trademark recently announced that the NEW Saddle Creek is taking shape in Germantown, TN. Demolition has commenced on 20,000 square feet of existing space, which will be replaced with an additional 40,000 square feet of new retail space in that area. Scheduled for completion in 2015, the NEW Saddle Creek will offer 168,000 square feet of retail space with remodeled building exteriors, facade improvements, and upgraded amenities throughout the property. Redesign was led by LRK principal Victor Buchholz. Read more...
The Daily News – Arlington, Tennessee is one of the fastest growing communities in the state, and local business owners and officials believe the historic Depot Square is primed for growth. A recently completed Depot Square master plan that LRK created identifies areas for new commercial businesses and redevelopment while maintaining the small town charm. The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development has also selected Arlington to participate in the Tennessee Downtown programs, an improvement program for traditional commercial districts. There were only six towns selected, and Arlington was the only one in west Tennessee. Read more.
In recognition of Jackson's efforts in building wellness into the very fabric of the community, the city was recognized with a 2014 Achievement Award for Excellence in Community Wellness during the Tennessee Municipal League’s 75th Annual Conference in Chattanooga on June 24, 2014. Jackson Walk and the LiFT Wellness Center were seen as significant contributors in a community-wide health and wellness initiative.
Memphis International Airport Ground Transportation Center Winner of International Parking Institute Awards
The Memphis International Airport Ground Transportation Center was the recent recipient of two awards from the International Parking Institute’s Awards of Excellence. The parking facility won an Award of Excellence in Category V (Best Parking Facility Rehabilitation or Restoration) and an Award of Merit in Category II (Best Design of a Parking Facility with 800 or More Spaces). The awards were presented at the IPI Conference & Expo in Grapevine, Texas on Tuesday, June 3, 2014.
Congratulations to Frank Ricks for being named to Memphis Business Quarterly's annual Power Players list of top architects.
High Ground - The Toof Building, built in 1913, is currently getting a makeover, and LRK is providing architectural services. The design for the five-story mixed-use renovation will feature 60 apartments above ground-floor retail.
Jackson Sun - This article features the amphitheater that was designed as part of the Jackson Walk neighborhood. A summer concert series launched last week, providing a opportunity for the community to get together and socialize.
The Commercial Appeal - LRK won three of the six awards handed out at the 2014 AIA Memphis Design Awards ceremony Saturday night. The National Civil Rights Museum Administrative Offices won an Honor Award of Excellence, the highest honor, and the LiFT Wellness Center and Waterset Welcome Center both won Merit Awards.
Jackson Sun - Although Jackson Walk was considered somewhat of a gamble initially, the community is now considered by the Urban Land Institute to be one of the best 13 developments in the world that contribute to healthy living. Features quotes from developer Hal Crocker.
The Preserve at Harveston is a new 1,400-acre pedestrian-oriented TND in Baton Rouge. Inspired by classic southern neighborhoods and streetscapes, phase one of The Preserve at Harveston features gracious homes, a community center, pool, walking trails, a 15-acre park, and lakes, all nestled amongst a nature preserve. LRK provided planning services and architecture for single family homes and the village post office. Phase one is currently under construction.
inRegister - The April issue of inRegister magazine features an LRK-designed home in Baton Rouge. Mike Sullivan designed this comfortable home for Lisette and Andres Prieto to meet the needs of their family's active lifestyle and reflect the region's vernacular architecture.
Leasing has begun at The Residences at La Cantera! Located adjacent the newest phase of The Shops of La Cantera in San Antonio, Texas, The Residences at La Cantera is a $50 million, urban-style mixed-use development incorporating 323 high-end apartments and more than 4,000 square feet of amenity retail space.
ULI - Jackson Walk is one of thirteen projects featured in the ULI report, Building for Wellness: The Business Case. In the report developers share their motivation for incorporating a variety of health and wellness features in their projects, how these features factored into the overall development and operations process, and how the market has responded. The report was released at ULI’s Spring Council Meeting in Vancouver, April 9 – 11, 2014.
Pop City – This article describes how city and civic leaders have worked together to spur revitalization across Memphis. The Mid-South Regional Greenprint Plan, Sears Crosstown and Overton Square are among the LRK projects mentioned.
A ribbon cutting will be held today, March 25th, at 3 pm to celebrate the grand opening one of Baton Rouge’s newest projects, The Elysian. The LRK-designed multifamily project will feature convenient access to downtown Baton Rouge, pedestrian oriented streetscapes, porches and balconies, a community room and fitness center, playground area, bike racks, outdoor gathering space and an outdoor kitchen. http://www.liveattheelysian.com
Builder Magazine - J. Carson Looney is quoted in this discussion of the increasing popularity of walkable communities and why designing pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods makes good business sense.
The Daily News - Frank Ricks featured in an article discussing how women are shattering the glass ceiling, both locally and nationally.
The Memphis chapter of the American Advertising Federation hosted its annual awards ceremony on February 22nd at the Memphis Zoo, and LRK's new website was the winner of a Silver Award.
Best in American Living Awards - LRK projects receive national awards from the Best in American Living Awards. Van Vleet Flats in Memphis won a Silver Award in the Multifamily Adaptive Reuse category. Paradise Dawn in Daytona Beach won multiple awards including a Gold Award for One-of-a-Kind Home over 6,501 sq. ft.
Houston Business Journal - LRK-designed Azalea Court Breaks Ground in Houston's River Oaks District.
The Daily News - Amos Maki with Memphis' The Daily News surveys a variety of exciting commercial real estate opportunities that are in development or planning and design phase, or that could potentially move forward in 2014. The Sears Crosstown and Overton Square projects are reviewed in detail.
The Main Street to Main Street Multi-Modal Connector Project begins construction on the first of five segments - the North Main segment from Henry Avenue to Keel Avenue in Uptown. When all five segments are complete, the improvements will connect Uptown across Harahan Bridge to West Memphis making a path that is both pedestrian and bike friendly. To read more about the project or to keep up with the construction progress, go to Main2Main.com.
John S Wilder Rebuild Tennessee Award - Jackson Walk received the John S Wilder Rebuild Tennessee Award, presented by the Tennessee Development District Association and the Southwest Tennessee Development District.
The Daily News Video interviews Overton Square stakeholders including developer Bob Loeb of Loeb Properties, Ekundayo Bandele of Hattiloo Theatre, Jackie Nichols of Playhouse on the Square, and June West of Memphis Heritage. The underlying assumptions, expectations, and hopes of the stakeholders are discussed within the historical context of the Square and its re-emergence as vital arts & cultural district in the heart of Memphis.
nextcity.org - The Crosstown Redevelopment Project is reported on by Next City's Bill Bradley who highlights the tenant mix and how the project is emerging as a health care hub.
The Daily News - The Soulsville Foundation advances their mission of building up the community in the Soulsville neighborhood through the Stax Museum, the Stax Music Academy and Soulsville Charter School, celebrating and promoting their rich history in soul music. The newest building on the campus, a multipurpose building, is currently in construction.
The Commercial Appeal - The Memphis City Council approves $15 million in city funding for the redevelopment of the Crosstown project.
Vesta Home Silverton by LRK and builder David Clark Construction wins Best Home Design, Best Master Suite, Best Special Feature & Best Interior Design at the 2013 Vesta Home Show in Germantown, TN. Read More.
The Commercial Appeal - Crosstown redevelopers were awarded a $50,000 grant to design a connection between Sears Crosstown and a neighborhood trail called the V&E Greenline.
The Daily News - Features the 2013 Vesta Home Show which opened to the public on Saturday, November 9th. The LRK-designed Silverton is one of the six Vesta Homes located in St. James Place, a neighborhood off Forest Hill-Irene Road in Germantown. So far the show has been the busiest since 2007. The homes will remain open through December 1st.
Memphis Business Journal - The transformation of the Toof Building into apartment units overlooking AutoZone Park should begin within the next month.
The Daily News - The University of Memphis has hired Smith Group JJR with LRK as the local partner to develop a master plan that seeks the input from campus neighbors. The inclusive approach plans to connect the campus to the surrounding neighborhoods and businesses to strengthen the economy and fiber of the city.
The Memphis Business Quarterly honored Sears Crosstown as a winner in its inaugural Innovation Awards. Demonstrating a new perspective on redevelopment and urban renewal, the project is using the Sears Crosstown building as a hub for revitalizing the community.
The Daily News - LRK celebrates 30 years of design. One of our founding principals Frank Ricks speaks about the firm's origin and services, its unique standing in the field with a passion for placemaking and LRK's future growth.
Tennessee’s Best Remarkable Achievement Urban Award - Jackson Walk received the 2013 Tennessee’s Best Remarkable Achievement Urban Award. The Tennessee’s Best awards are administered by the Tennessee Housing Development Agency (THDA) and were announced at the closing lunch of the 2013 Governor’s Housing Summit in Nashville on October 8.
The Commercial Appeal - Overton Square parking garage is now open for use. LRK principal Rob Norcross explains the unique features and innovations of the design.
The Daily News - LRK projects receive national awards from the Multi-Housing News (MHN) Excellence Awards. The Foundry Lofts & Apartments at Eddy Street Commons won a Gold Award for Best New Development in the Student Housing category. Gables West Ave in Houston's River Oaks neighborhood won a Gold Award for Best New Development in the Mid-Rise category.
The Daily News - "Saddle Creek Growth Sign of Future for City" - LRK is involved in the design of the expansion and renovation of the existing building exteriors of this prominent retail development in Germantown, TN. Work is slated to begin in late 2013 or early 2014.
The Daily News - FedExFamilyHouse is one of the country's first pediatric residences to be awarded LEED Certification.
Architectural Record - LRK ranks 191, moving up 27 spots from last year, in this annual data poll of the Top 300 Architecture Firms in the U.S.
Memphis Business Journal - LRK principal Rob Norcross presents the Overton Square Revitalization Plan to architects at an AIA Memphis luncheon, explaining project origination and development.
The Daily News - "Removing Barriers" - Hotel Chisca redevelopment details and progress.
The Daily News - Design work on the “Main to Main Connector” project is at the halfway point.
Austin Business Journal - Post South Lamar mixed-use development wins Austin's 2013 Commercial Real Estate Award in the New Multifamily Development Category.
Memphis Business Journal - Van Vleet Flats is one of the projects honored in the inaugural MBJ Building Memphis Awards.
The Daily News - The long-awaited improvements to the Elvis Presley Boulevard kickoff. The streetscape improvements of this major connection are linked with the aerotropolis concept that also has LRK involvement.
The Daily News - The historic Soulsville neighborhood gets new energy as LRK designed projects such as the Stax Music Academy and charter school emerge around the existing Stax museum.
San Antonio Business Journal - The Residences at La Cantera, the first phase of the La Cantera mixed-use development, is set to break ground.
National Apartment Association names Gables Park Plaza PARAGON Community of the Year. Gables Park Plaza also won a PARAGON in the category for Best Community, Specialty Housing—Green Housing.