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Crosstown Winner of Building Design & Construction Reconstruction Award

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on November 8th, 2018

Building Design & ConstructionCrosstown 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.

Parcels at Crosstown Honored with Multi-Housing News Gold Award

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on November 1st, 2018

Multi-Housing News - Parcels at Crosstown was honored with a Multi-Housing News Gold Award in the Adaptive Reuse category at a reception in New York City on October 25th. Judges were most impressed with the creative reuse of the 1.3-million-square-foot space. Read more.

Concourse Pool to Serve Church Health Patients

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on October 7th, 2018

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.

Crosstown Winner of Editor's Choice Multifamily Executive Award

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on September 19th, 2018

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.

Crosstown Concourse Brings Needed Density to Memphis

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on September 18th, 2018

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.

Krissy Buck Flickinger: Faces of Memphis

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on July 16th, 2018

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.

Hickman Building Transformation

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on June 1st, 2018

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.

Tennessee Brewery Reaches Full Occupancy in Record Time

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on June 1st, 2018

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.

Crosstown Concourse Honored With Governor's Environmental Stewardship Award

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on May 28th, 2018

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 and Nineteenth Century Club Win AIA Memphis Awards

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on April 16th, 2018

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

Crosstown Concourse Featured in ArchDaily

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on March 22nd, 2018

ArchDaily - The Crosstown Concourse redevelopment was recently featured in ArchDaily. 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.   

MBJ Announces Crosstown Concourse as Building Memphis Project of the Year

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on February 9th, 2018

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.

Crosstown World's Largest LEED Platinum Building for Historic Adaptive Reuse

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on January 9th, 2018

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.

Going Global: Crosstown Concourse Design Among World's Best

Posted by Katherine Martin on December 5th, 2017

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

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.

The Chisca on Main Featured in Multi-Housing News

Posted on November 23rd, 2017

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.

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

The Chisca on Main Winner of Gold Multi-Housing News' Excellence Award

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on October 24th, 2017

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. 

DMC Crossing Projects off List of "Top 10 Redevelopment Sites"

Posted by Katherine Martin on October 24th, 2017

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

Crosstown Concourse Receives National Energy Efficiency Leader Award

Posted by Katherine Martin on October 10th, 2017

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

The Chisca on Main Featured in ArchDaily

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on September 19th, 2017

ArchDaily - LRK’s renovation of the historic Hotel Chisca is featured in ArchDaily. Read more.

Crosstown Among Other Sears Warehouses Being Renovated

Posted by Katherine Martin on February 28th, 2017

Bisnow - Sears catalog warehouses are finding new lives across the country. Memphis' Crosstown Concourse is featured in this article, along with warehouses in Chicago, Boston and Minneapolis. Read more

Hickman Building Renovation to Begin in May

Posted by Katherine Martin on February 27th, 2017

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

The Chisca: From Launching Elvis to Luxury Living

Posted by Katherine Martin on January 26th, 2017

Style Blueprint - This article takes a look at the long history of the Hotel Chisca, beginning with its opening in 1913. The article discusses the Hotel's connection to Elvis Presley, renovation, and current use as a mixed-use apartment building with two successful restaurants. Read more

From Memphis Distribution Center to Mixed-use with a Mission

Posted by Katherine Martin on January 20th, 2017

Multi-Housing News - This case study details the concept of the vertical urban village taking shape at the Crosstown Concourse. In the article, LRK Principal Tony Pellicciotti discusses the character of the building and its significance to the Memphis community. Read more

Chisca on Main Named MBJ Building Memphis Awards Finalist

Posted by Katherine Martin on January 9th, 2017

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.

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

Latest Look Inside the Crosstown

Posted by Katherine Martin on October 11th, 2016

Memphis Business Journal - With the opening of the Crosstown Concourse months away, take a look inside as Scott Morris, CEO of Church Health, and officials from Grinder Taber & Grinder Inc. lead a tour of the still-under-construction site. Read more

Historic Mansion Restored into Exclusive Restaurant

Posted by Katherine Martin on September 21st, 2016

The Daily NewsThe 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

Optometry School Plans Cutting-Edge Clinic in Crosstown Concourse

Posted by Katherine Martin on September 13th, 2016

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

$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

Church Health YMCA Planned for Crosstown

Posted by Katherine Martin on August 26th, 2016

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

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.   

Renovation of The Nineteenth Century Club Nears Completion

Posted by Katherine Martin on August 22nd, 2016

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.  

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

Building Community With Adaptive Reuse

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on February 24th, 2016

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.

Crosstown Concourse: Construction Update

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on November 30th, 2015

This video provides a fascinating glimpse at the enormity of the Crosstown Concourse project and the transformation that is being made as construction progresses.  

Financing for Crosstown Concourse Wins National Award

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on September 30th, 2015

The Commercial Appeal - Crosstown Concourse's financing has won an award from the Novogradac Journal of Tax Credits. The award was based on the scale and complexity of the financial package, as well as the project's substantial community impact. Read more.

Groundbreaking Party Announced for Crosstown Development

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

Memphis Business Journal - A groundbreaking party and community rally is planned for Feb. 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to kickstart the rebrand of the once abandoned Sears Crosstown building. Read more.

First Look at Demolition Work Inside Sears Crosstown

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on December 10th, 2014

Memphis Business Journal - This article takes a look inside Sears Crosstown as the demolition begins.  Read more.

Developers Pull $115M in Permits for Sears Crosstown

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on June 4th, 2014

The Commercial Appeal - The contractor has pulled the first permits for the $180 million redevelopment of Sears Crosstown. Read more.

A Look at the Chisca Hotel Design

Posted by Sophorn Kuoy on January 10th, 2014

Memphis Business Journal - Remediation and renovations have begun, converting the historic Hotel Chisca into a 159-unit apartment building with ground floor commercial space. With an expected 18 months for completion, here's a look at the proposed design drawings and renderings.

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.

Sears Crosstown to Become "Ambitious Health Care Hub"

Posted by Andrew Trippel on December 20th, 2013

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.

Sears Crosstown Gets City Approval

Posted by Sophorn Kuoy on December 3rd, 2013

The Commercial Appeal - The Memphis City Council approves $15 million in city funding for the redevelopment of the Crosstown project.

Sears Crosstown Receives Grant To Link To Neighborhood

Posted by Andrew Trippel on November 15th, 2013

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.

Toof Building Redevelopment Advances

Posted by Andrew Trippel on November 13th, 2013

Memphis Business Journal - The transformation of the Toof Building into apartment units overlooking AutoZone Park should begin within the next month.

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.

Sears Crosstown Wins Memphis Business Quarterly Innovation Award

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on November 1st, 2013

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.

Hotel Chisca Removing Barriers

Posted by Admin on June 5th, 2013

The Daily News - "Removing Barriers" - Hotel Chisca redevelopment details and progress.

Van Vleet Flats Honored in Building Memphis Awards

Posted by Admin on February 14th, 2013

Memphis Business Journal - Van Vleet Flats is one of the projects honored in the inaugural MBJ Building Memphis Awards.