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.
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 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.
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.
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 - 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.
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.
“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 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.