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2019 Building Memphis Awards

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on January 4th, 2019

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

LRK Designing Creative Spaces in Memphis, Dallas and Philly

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on December 24th, 2018

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.

Memphis Downtown Boom Fueled by Riverfront, City’s Rich History

Posted by Katherine Martin on September 26th, 2018

Curbed - This article features some of LRK’s adaptive reuse projects including Crosstown Concourse, Tennessee Brewery, and the Wonder Bread renovation into Orion’s headquarters and apartments, that have contributed to the reinvestment in Memphis’ downtown. Read more.

Bell Artspace Campus Finalist for AHF Reader's Choice Awards

Posted by Katherine Martin on June 22nd, 2018

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

Bell Artspace Celebrates Grand Opening

Posted by Katherine Martin on April 23rd, 2018

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.

Bell Artspace Receives Historic Preservation Award

Posted by Katherine Martin on April 6th, 2018

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.

Crosstown Concourse Featured in Architectural Record

Posted by Katherine Martin on February 28th, 2018

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.   

Architectural Review Shortlists Crosstown Concourse for Global Award

Posted by Katherine Martin on December 4th, 2017

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.

CityLab Features Former Sears Distribution Centers

Posted by Katherine Martin on November 17th, 2017

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

Memphis Earns Top-10 Spot Among Mid-Sized Cities in Latest Rankings for ENERGY STAR Certified Buildings

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

The City of Memphis was ranked 10th in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2017 list of mid-sized U.S. metropolitan areas with the most ENERGY STAR certified buildings. FedEx's World Headquarters has achieved ENERGY STAR certification for three years running. LRK provides EPA ENERGY STAR certification coordination for the World Headquarters campus.

Concourse Check-In: From 'impossible' to 'catalyst'

Posted by Katherine Martin on November 7th, 2016

Higher Ground - Crosstown Concourse has been hailed as one of the Memphis' most complicated projects, but the redevelopment hasn't always been a sure thing. 

“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

Crosstown Concourse Tenant Check-In

Posted by Katherine Martin on November 3rd, 2016

Higher Ground - Lost track of the tenants signed on to move into the Crosstown Concourse in 2017? This article gives a closer look at the organizations and businesses and how they plan to use their space in the 1.5 million square-foot vertical urban village. Read more

Main to Main Project Boosts Downtown Development

Posted by Katherine Martin on November 2nd, 2016

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

$11M Theater Planned for Crosstown Concourse

Posted by Katherine Martin on September 12th, 2016

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

Groundbreaking for Artspace South Main Lofts set for Sept. 29

Posted by Katherine Martin on August 24th, 2016

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.   

Designers Transform Old Sears Tower, Maintain Its Character

Posted by Katherine Martin on June 18th, 2016

The Daily NewsWhile 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

ArtSpace Pushes Toward Finish Line

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on September 23rd, 2015

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.

A New Look at the Planned Artspace Lofts in Downtown Memphis

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on June 26th, 2015

Memphis Business Journal - Plans for the South Main Artspace Lofts are picking up steam as the project is now close to being fully funded. The developers hope to begin construction on the LRK-designed 58-unit mixed-use apartments in either late 2015 or early 2016. Read more.

Soulsville Ranked among Best High Schools by U.S. News & World Report

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on May 14th, 2015

Memphis Business Journal U.S. News & World Report ranked Soulsville Charter School among the 2015 Best High Schools that are preparing students for college. The school is ranked No. 9 in Tennesseee, No. 165 among U.S. charter schools, and No. 1,409 among all U.S. high schools. Read more.

Building Memphis Finalists Unveiled

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on January 22nd, 2015

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.

A Plan in Progress: A Guide to Downtown Developments on the South End

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on October 29th, 2014

High Ground - This article about the renaissance of the South Main District highlights multiple LRK projects, including the Hotel Chicsa renovation, South Junction, Artspace, Old Dominick Distillery, and the Main-to-Main Connector. Read more.

Redesigned, $15M Artspace Lofts Moves Forward in South Main

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on September 2nd, 2014

Memphis Business Journal - The Artspace Lofts are moving forward with plans to transform the old United Warehouse in downtown Memphis' South Main district into a 58-unit residential project with an outdoor arts garden and performance plaza.  Read more.

Behind the Headlines Explores Overton Square's Past, Present and Future

Posted on December 23rd, 2013

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.

Stax Museum & Charter School Strengthens Soulsville Community

Posted by Sophorn Kuoy on December 6th, 2013

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.

Square Roots

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on November 8th, 2013

The Daily News -  The Overton Square renovation was designed with a mix of uses to attract patrons 24/7.