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Cortland Colburn Breaks Ground in Disney’s Celebration Community

Growthspotter - The 300-unit Cortland Colburn luxury apartment community will serve Celebration’s newest town center with 300 units of residential and 10,000 square feet of ground floor retail. In addition, a resort-style amenity center will accompany the apartments and serve all Celebration residents. The amenity center will include private conference and dining spaces, a private European pantry and tearoom, a lounge with connected outdoor space, pet wash and park, fitness center with two flex studios featuring spin bikes and private training, maker’s room with co-working spaces, and collaborative art zones. LRK is serving as architect of record for the Cortland Colburn apartments and amenity center.

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Fannie C. Harris Youth Center Wins Metamorphosis Award

We are honored to announce the LRK-designed Fannie C. Harris Youth Center is a winner of the 2021 Metamorphosis Awards, receiving 2nd place in the Adaptive Reuse category. The center, located in a former elementary school, assists unsheltered youth currently enrolled in Dallas Independent School District high schools and supports immediate needs of other homeless young adults ages 14-21. Sponsored by retrofit magazine, the competition honors outstanding work retrofitting commercial, industrial, and institutional buildings. Winners will be featured in the November-December issue of retrofit magazine. We are grateful that we could support the growth of this vital program.

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Caroline Bozzi Passive House Certified

Caroline Bozzi has recently become a certified passive house designer through the Passive House Institute (PHI).

Passive House design is a holistic approach to design that can be applied to all building types to achieve high performance. When compared to typical construction, Passive House buildings have higher energy efficiency, lower energy demand, lower utility costs, longer lasting materials, and better air quality.

Caroline will provide our clients with guidance on using sustainable and renewable energy technology, materials, and practices through the lens of the passive house standard. Congratulations, Caroline!

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Rise Apartments' Name Carries Civic, Inspirational, and Thematic Overtones

Memphis Business Journal - A finalist in the 2021 MBJ Building Memphis awards, The Rise apartments are further proof of the continuing reinvestment In the Edge neighborhood, the area situated between the Medical District and Downtown. Located adjacent the vacant Wonder Bread factory that was recently transformed into the headquarters for the Orion Federal Credit Union, DSG led the development of the 199-unit Rise Apartments. Some of the original wood flooring, conveyor belt, and Wonder Bread signage were salvaged for the community, and a 481-space parking garage, seen as critical to the overall viability of the project, was constructed for Rise residents, office tenants, and the public. 

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Wiseacre Honored With MBJ Building Memphis Award

Wiseacre recently received a MBJ Building Memphis award in the Best New Construction – Small category. Winners were selected by a Memphis Business Journal editorial panel from the numerous nominations submitted by area developers, contractors, architects, and officials. Editor-in-chief Greg Akers noted that the projects that won Building Memphis awards this year signify neighborhoods in rebirth.
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River Station Construction Begins

Patch - Construction on River Station in Downingtown began earlier this week. Located on the site of the old Sonoco Paper Company, the mixed-use, transit-oriented project will include over 400 luxury apartments and 10,000 square feet of retail adjacent the site of the future Downingtown AMTRAK/SEPTA train station. The project will also feature a pedestrian bridge connecting Johnstontown Park to Brandywine Creek’s east bank. Phase one is expected to open in spring 2023. LRK is providing planning and architectural services for River Station.

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Crosstown Concourse: Healthy Building, Healthy People

Memphis Business Journal – Healthy buildings, a relatively new concept, goes beyond the idea of a building’s environmental responsibility to one that focuses on an individual’s health and wellness. While Crosstown Concourse’s environmentally friendly infrastructure reduces energy costs and carbon emissions, Crosstown has also been nationally praised for promoting the physical and mental wellness for those who live, work, and play there. Features like prominently located monumental stairs, expansive natural light, arts and music facilities, wellness facilities, and social- and arts-inspired programming contributed to it being the first project in Tennessee to be named a fitwel three-star certified community, the program’s highest rating. Crosstown Concourse also received LEED CS Platinum certification and is the largest historic adaptive reuse LEED Platinum certified project in the world.

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Crescent Communities Scores Construction Loan for NOVEL-branded Community

Growthspotter – North Carolina-based Crescent Communities recently received nearly $50 million in construction financing for NOVEL Parkway in the Metro Orlando submarket. The 15-acre, mixed-use community will feature 325 multifamily units, 13,900 square feet of retail, and 29,500 square feet of commercial/office space. LRK is providing architectural services for the project. The multifamily portion of NOVEL Parkway should be complete by late 2022.

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Wiseacre and The Rise Finalists in the Building Memphis Awards

Memphis Business Journal - We're honored to have been involved with two projects selected as finalists in the Memphis Business Journal's 2021 Building Memphis competition. Wiseacre 2 is a finalist in the Best New Construction Small category and The Rise Apartments and Edge Parking Garage in the Best New Construction Large category. Category winners as well as Community Impact Award and overall Project of Year will be announced in the August 6th issue. 

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Pecan Square Wins Dallas Builders Association Awards

The Dallas Builders Association’s McSAM Awards were announced July 24th and Pecan Square was a winner in multiple categories. The Greeting House at Pecan Square won Best Welcome Center and Jackson Hall at Pecan Square won Best Community Amenity. The overall community won Master-Planned Community of the Year and People’s Choice Community of the Year. Congratulations to Hillwood Communities and the entire Pecan Square project team.

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