LRK is pleased to announce the Kemmons Wilson Companies Corporate Headquarters has been recognized with an AIA Memphis People's Choice award. With the goal of moving their company to the city core, Kemmons Wilson Companies recently renovated a downtown historic warehouse for their new headquarters, and LRK provided architectural services for the transformation. The project was recognized at the annual AIA Memphis Celebration of Architecture awards gala, held December 3rd at the CIV::Center for Architecture + Design. Victor Buchholz was also honored with the AIA Memphis Past President’s award.
Conde Nast Traveler’s list of 23 best places to go in the world in 2023 features Memphis, including two LRK-designed projects, The Walk and Cameo. Memphis is one of only two places located in the United States mentioned on the list!
Daily Memphian - Frank Ricks will be the keynote speaker tomorrow at the Daily Memphian’s annual Commercial Real Estate Seminar at the Botanic Gardens. Ricks will talk about how mixed-use and “live, work and play” designs connect the city and neighboring communities. He will also be joined by Brand Cook of CBRE, Tim Mashburn of Colliers, and Jon Aur of Jones Aur to discuss current office, industrial and retail sector trends. To register for the seminar, visit the seminar’s event page.
Philly YIMBY - Construction is well underway at LRK-designed 1901-19 East York in Philadelphia. The six-story, 127-unit community will offer ground-floor artist studios, a green roof, 27 parking spaces, balconies, and spectacular skyline views. 1901-19 East York is part of a resurgence of mixed-use developments, helping to revitalize a neighborhood that hasn’t seen growth in decades.
LRK is pleased to announce the Harvest Phase II Amenity Buildings have won a 2022 Best in American Living award in the Community Facility, 1000+ Units: Community category. Winners will be celebrated, and award levels announced at the Best in American Living Awards ceremony, held during the International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas on February 1, 2023.
retrofit - LRK is honored to have three projects featured in the November-December issue of retrofit magazine that focuses on the 4th annual Metamorphosis Awards. Kreate Hub Philly was recognized as the 3rd place winner in the Adaptive Reuse category, The Commonwealth won Honorable Mention in the Mixed-Use category, and the Renasant Convention Center won 4th place in the Whole Building category.
Jurors commenting on the Renasant Convention Center said, “I gasped at the before-and-after for this project. Projects of this scale are rare and often transformational on a civic scale. Modernization of the envelope is dramatic, and daylighting the concourse/meeting rooms is a highly valuable move toward the psychology of conference participants. The project’s ability to reconnect with the river shows tactful urban design, especially with the remaining interstate adjacency.”
Urban Land - The LRK-designed project, Residences at La Cantera, was recently featured in Urban Land magazine in the article, “The Worth of Water: Becoming Water Wise in an Era of Scarcity.” With water scarcity, population growth, and water quality issues greatly affecting real estate markets and affordability, developers and land use professionals have an increasingly significant role to play in promoting water conservation, efficiency, and reuse. The Residences at La Cantera in San Antonio features a drought-tolerant landscaping strategy centered around the community’s 1.5-acre park. Native and drought-tolerant plants were installed and mulched landscape beds at least four inches deep help retain moisture. Roof runoff and air conditioning condensate are collected in a 10,000-gallon cistern and the accumulated water is used to irrigate the park and renew pond water. The owner estimates this approach provides an annual savings of $8,840 in water costs and $500,000 added asset value in addition to helping protect future water supplies.
We are honored to announce The Marine Residence has been selected as the winner of the 2022 Best of the South: Preserving Southern Architecture Award, sponsored by the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH). The award will be announced at SESAH’s annual conference in Memphis on November 4th at an awards luncheon held at the 1927 Kress Building. The SESAH awards committee stated, “the rehabilitation and restoration of this unique structure illustrates your team’s ability to bring an important historic structure back to life through creative problem solving while still maintaining defining historic characteristics.”
Building Design+Construction – LRK is listed number 18 on the list of top 155 Apartment and Condominium Architecture Firms in Building Design+Construction’s 2022 Giants 400 Report. For the past 46 years, Building Design+Construction's Giants 400 Report ranks the largest architecture, engineering, and construction firms in the U.S. The final report includes more than 130 rankings across 25 building sectors and specialty categories.
retrofit – Three LRK-designed projects have won 2022 Metamorphosis Awards. Kreate Hub Philly won 3rd place in the Adaptive Reuse category, the Renasant Convention Center won 4th place in the Whole Building category, and The Commonwealth received an Honorable Mention in the Mixed-Use category. Winners will be featured in the November-December issue of retrofit magazine. Projects are recognized for outstanding work retrofitting commercial, industrial, and institutional buildings.