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Topic: Renovation

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

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.

Historic Central Station to be Transformed into Boutique Hotel

Posted by Katherine Martin on May 8th, 2017

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

Peek Inside an Artist’s Abode

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on April 27th, 2017

inRegister - An LRK renovation in Baton Rouge is featured in this month's issue of inRegister. Read more.

ServiceMaster Featured in Real Estate Forum's Best of 2016

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on April 20th, 2017

Real Estate Forum - ServiceMaster’s adaptive reuse of the Peabody Place Mall for their new downtown headquarters is featured in the Best of 2016: Deals, Dealmakers & Placemakers. 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.  

Transformation of Peabody Place Begins

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on July 7th, 2016

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.

See Inside Ticer and Hudman's Future Downtown Restaurant

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on June 28th, 2016

Memphis Business Journal  - Construction of Catherine & Mary's restaurant, located inside the renovated Hotel Chisca, is moving along. Ticer and Hudman, who are carefully preserving many of the space’s original historic details, are tentatively planning a grand opening for August. 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

ServiceMaster Chooses Urban Atmosphere of Downtown Memphis

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on June 3rd, 2016

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.

ServiceMaster Works to Make Downtown Plans Reality

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on June 3rd, 2016

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.

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.

See Inside Catherine & Mary's Restaurant at Hotel Chisca

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on January 4th, 2016

Memphis Business Journal - Sneak a peek at the interior of Michael Hudman and Andrew Ticer's new downtown restaurant, currently under construction in the former Hotel Chisca. LRK is designing the 5,000-square-foot restaurant space, which is scheduled to open summer 2016. Read more.

One Commerce Square Achieves Lofty Status for Sustainability

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on December 16th, 2015

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.

See Inside: The Chisca on Main

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on December 9th, 2015

Memphis Business Journal - The apartments at The Chisca on Main are just days away from completion. This article features interior and exterior photographs of both restored buildings. The two restaurants occupying the ground floor are still under construction.  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.  

New Plans to Revive the Hickman Building

Posted by Sophorn Kuoy on November 3rd, 2015

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.

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.

Chisca Rising

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on August 31st, 2015

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

Common Ground

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on March 31st, 2015

inRegister - Located in the Bocage neighborhood of Baton Rouge, this renovation is a perfect combination of old and new, modern and antique. The existing home had “good bones,” but LRK’s Mike Sullivan helped reconfigure the spaces to accommodate a modern family lifestyle and to provide an ideal floor plan for entertaining. 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.

Chisca Rebirth

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on August 1st, 2014

The Daily News - Despite years of neglect, many architectural gems in the 1913 Hotel Chisca building are salvageable. The $28 million historic renovation will feature 161 apartments, retail, and restaurant space. Read more.

Trademark's Saddle Creek Transformation Underway

Posted by Andrew Trippel on July 1st, 2014

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...

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.

Toof Building Undergoes $5 Million Renovation

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on May 7th, 2014

High Ground - The Toof Building, built in 1913, is currently getting a makeover, and LRK is providing architectural services. The design for the five-story mixed-use renovation will feature 60 apartments above ground-floor retail.

County Commission approves Sears Crosstown Funding

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on March 11th, 2014

Memphis Business Journal - The Sears Crosstown redevelopment has received the last major piece of funding that will allow the project to commence. Construction is expected to begin in spring 2014 and initial occupancy is planned for spring 2016.

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.

Crosstown Plans Continue to Evolve

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

The Daily News - Article gives an update on the renovation of the Sears Crosstown building.

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.

The Shops of Saddle Creek Expansion and Renovation

Posted by Admin on September 25th, 2013

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.

LRK Presents the Overton Square Revitalization Plan

Posted by Admin on June 21st, 2013

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.

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.