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LRK’s Kreate Hub has been selected as a finalist for ULI Philadelphia’s Award for Excellence

LRK’s Kreate Hub has been selected as a finalist for ULI Philadelphia’s Award for Excellence. The Urban Land Institute (ULI) is renowned for its discernment in identifying remarkable and transformative land use developments, exemplary practices, and visionary approaches. These Awards showcase a level of innovation and impact that is particularly noteworthy for the Philadelphia region.

Kreate Hub Philly was designed to offer affordable studio and office space for creative professionals. The project successfully revitalized the former Thomas Powers School, a 40,000-square-foot stone-clad schoolhouse that remained vacant for nearly a decade. Built in 1899, the building was sold by the school district to a residential real estate developer. However, due to inherent inefficiencies stemming from its wide school corridors and load-bearing walls on either side, neither the original developer nor the subsequent owner could viably execute a project on the property.

Fortunately, Kreate Hub assumed control of the building, driven by the vision of transforming it into a canvas for artists, a launchpad for businesses and careers, and a nurturing community space.

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The Metal Musuem

MBJ- LRK has been actively collaborating with the Metal Museum in the pursuit of transforming Rust Hall in Overton Park. The aim is to create a versatile structure that not only expands the Museum’s footprint but also incorporates various functionalities. The renovation plan includes the addition of an auditorium and classrooms, intended for hosting events and workshops that inspire others to explore the captivating realm of fabrication, industrial metals, and fine arts. 
With sustainability firmly rooted as one of our core values, LRK is working hard to ensure this historic building is being used to its full potential. Krissy Buck Flickinger, LRK’s Director of Sustainability, says," We want to save our buildings, watch them evolve, and breathe in new life. It’s important to consider how buildings can flex and bend with time, and this building is a true example of how you can work with the existing building stock to highlight the unique features, then add on to it for the next generation."
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LRK's Newly Named Associates

Congratulations to LRK’s newly named associates! We look forward to continued growth of our leadership team to better serve our clients and continued collaboration both in and across our offices.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Adrienne Bodeen, Memphis 

Amanda Abadie, New Orleans   

Cathy Rivera, Orlando       

Chris Haley, Memphis        

Chris Marble, Dallas    

Danielle Lake, Philadelphia   

Erick Sabin, Dallas

Katie Hunt, Memphis

Lauren Tolbert, Memphis  

Quincy Ikler, Philadelphia 

Wayne Hardy, Little Rock

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LRK's 1901-19 East York Street Development

LRK's 1901-19 East York Street Development is making great construction progress in East Kensington. The structure helps expands both living and working opportunities for the creative community with new apartments and artist studio spaces. Check out the article published by Philadelphia YIMBY to see progression photos and learn more about the project!

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Golden Nugget Award Finalists

LRK recently has been recognized as merit award winners for Allen Ridge- Best Commercial Project, the hill- Best Rehabilitation Project, Fannie C. Harris-Best Interior Renovation Project, and Harvest- Best Community Amenity in the 2023 Golden Nugget Awards Competition. The Golden Nugget Awards draw in entries across the United States and Internationally catering to the best architectural designs and planning services. Award of Merit Winners are top vote recipients in each category and are considered as finalists for the grand award winner in each category. The grand awards are presented on May 24th at the Golden Nugget Award Gala in Anaheim, California. 

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Congratulations to LRK's new Senior Associates!

As we enter our 40th year, we're excited to announce newly named senior associates: Felicia Thomas, Memphis; Michael Kimmey, Philadelphia; Harold Urban, CSI, Memphis; and Jonathan Flynt, AICP, LEED AP, Memphis. We look forward to continued growth of our leadership team to better serve our clients, while creating memorable places to live, work, and play.                                                                                                                                                                         


Felicia is a highly esteemed member of LRK's financial and accounting team. She is known for her deep institutional memory, expertise in specialized softwares, and dedication to streamlining processes. Her positive and engaging spirit exemplifies LRK's culture, and she is always willing to lend a hand, not to mention her wit and creativity, to solve any challenge that arises.                 


Mike began his LRK career early—as a high school intern with our Planning and Urban Design Studio—and grew steadily throughout the years into such a skilled, knowledgeable, and trusted advisor that one of LRK’s largest repeat clients demonstrated their appreciation by including Mike’s personal name on the project’s commemorative plaque.              


Harold is an expert problem-solver who thrives amidst clients, engineers, designers and contractors on a project site. His passion for sharing knowledge has made Harold a leader in LRK's training and quality assurance initiatives. This enthusiasm extends to his involvement as a Boy Scouts of America leader and board member of the Memphis CSI chapter, demonstrating his commitment to his community.     


Jonathan’s passion for placemaking and urban design has positioned him as a leader and mentor within LRK and its nationally recognized planning studio. His ability to engage diverse stakeholders, while demonstrating to the public that future growth need not come at the expense of community, lays the groundwork for high profile projects, such as Blue Oval City, to be successful.                                                                                              

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LRK's Krissy Buck Flickinger has been named as one of MBJ's "40 Under 40" nominees.

Congratulations to Krissy Buck Flickinger for being selected as a 40 Under 40 Honoree from hundreds of nominations!  Her success and the numerous 40 Under 40 nominations from clients and affiliated organizations speak to her impressive leadership and dedication, LRK is certainly lucky to have her as a Senior Associate and Director of Sustainability! The Memphis Business Journal will host the 40 Under 40 Celebration on May 2nd at the Overton Park Shell.

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Metuchen Downtown Alliance chosen as a semifinalist for the national Great American Main Street Award

We are thrilled to announce that the Metuchen Downtown Alliance was chosen among eight semifinalists for annual, national Great American Main Street Award. LRK has worked for over 25 years as the Planner for Borough of Metuchen, a classic small town on New Jersey's busiest commuter rail line. Three winners will be selected among the semifinalists and announced March 27th during the Opening plenary at the 2023 Main Street Now conference in Boston. We look forward to attending.

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Harvest Amenity Buildings win Platinum level for the 2022 BALA Award

It is officially announced that the Harvest Phase II Amenity Buildings won platinum level for the 2022 Best in American Living award in the Community Facility 1000+ Units: Community category.  Click on the link to see the full submission and project details published on the Best in American Living website! 

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The Renasant Bank Headquarters named a finalist in the 2023 MBJ's Building Memphis Awards

We are proud to announce that LRK project, The Renasant Bank Headquarters, was named a finalist in the 2023 Memphis Business Journal's Building Memphis awards in the Best New Construction: Medium category. Winner will be celebrated at The Building Memphis ceremony will be held Thursday, March 23, 5:30–8 p.m. at the Memphis Botanic Garden. Check out the link for more information on the project. 

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