Metropolis – LRK is thrilled to announce that Crosstown Concourse is the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence Gold Medal winner. The Rudy Bruner Award is a national competition that focuses on urban placemaking excellence and projects that make a beneficial impact on American cities. Todd Richardson, co-director and cofounder of Crosstown Arts, commented that “Crosstown Concourse has received a number of highly regarded awards over the past year, but this one is really special.” Richardson says the Gold Medal prize will be used to support “ongoing arts events and programming that contribute to the unique Crosstown experience.” Read more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 - 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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'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!
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!
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 - 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.
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.
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.
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 - 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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!
Memphis - LRK's Memphis principals were recently featured as "The Face of Architecture" in Memphis magazine's 2015 Faces of the Mid-South issue.
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.
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.
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 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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 - "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.
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.
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.