DDC Journal— The Boardwalk at Allen Ridge was recently featured in the spring 2021 DDC journal. The development, which is located on nearly 100 acres, is meant to kickstart growth in the community surrounding Abilene Christian University. In order to appeal to everyone in Abilene, the development features high-quality amenities, restaurants, a yoga studio, a community playground, murals, retail, and recreational spaces—including a planned system of trails that will wind through 35 acres of undeveloped land. The development, which overlooks a lake, strived to create an urban feel while preserving waterfront views and remaining accessible to both ACU students and other people in Abilene. Craig Henry, the Principal in charge of this project, said that splitting the 30,000 square-foot space into five different buildings helped to accomplish this. Henry stated that the intention was to design “varied spaces that feel good regardless of the number of people present.” Every part of the development was “intended to spark intrigue,” which is aided by the murals strategically sprinkled throughout the project.
As the project’s master architect, LRK will continue working on this development as it grows over time. Currently, four retail building are completed, and plans are in the works for a multifamily residential complex, a hotel, an urgent care center, and a bank.
Community Impact Newspaper - Plans for Painted Tree, a new community in McKinney, Texas, were unveiled earlier this week. The plan accounts for the increased desirability for outdoor access and includes 25 miles of looped paths, trails, and other outdoor amenities. LRK is providing architectural and planning services for the amenity centers.
New York YIMBY – Princeton Junction, a new 25-acre mixed-use community, is taking shape in West Windsor, NJ. The LRK-planned development will include mixed-income, age-restricted, and market-rate housing in addition to retail, a public promenade, and parking. "LRK Is providing design services for the community's two multifamily buildings, which will provide 535 units and approximately 18,000 square feet of retail.
USGBC – Creating a space that felt like home for families of children receiving treatment at Methodist Lebonheur Hospital was the driving vision of FedExFamilyHouse. "We had to balance operational efficiency with the need for it to be really comfortable and feel like a place you would want to stay," said LRK Principal Tony Pellicciotti. "The average visit is maybe two days, but we've had families stay for over a year. If you're living out of a hotel for that long, it's not a comfortable situation. You need to have a home."
Additionally, FedExFamilyHouse received LEED Gold certification for its sustainable building process and features, including significant reductions in energy use (23%) and water use (46%), access to various forms of public transportation, and recycling stations in common areas. "The commitment by ownership, design team and contractors together to this holistic sustainability approach is what really sets the project apart," said LRK Associate and 2020 LEED Fellow Krissy Flickinger.
Rising Real Estate – LRK’s design for a new, six-story, 127-unit mixed-use project in the rapidly growing Kensington neighborhood in North Philadelphia was featured by Rising Real-Estate, which covers Philadelphia real estate development news. The project will include 6,080 square feet of artist studios, 28 parking spaces, 54 bicycle stalls, a roof deck, and a gym.
D Magazine - The Hamilton at The Epic, a 26-story luxury apartment building in the Deep Ellum neighborhood of Dallas, has been named a finalist in the Best New Multifamily Project category of D Magazine's ninth annual Commercial Real Estate Awards program. Winners will be announced on April 28. LRK is pleased to have provided architectural services for the project.