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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Memphis Business Journal - The transformation of the Toof Building into apartment units overlooking AutoZone Park should begin within the next month.
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 - "Removing Barriers" - Hotel Chisca redevelopment details and progress.
Memphis Business Journal - Van Vleet Flats is one of the projects honored in the inaugural MBJ Building Memphis Awards.