Long Distance: Why LRK Was Prepared to Work Remotely
Memphis Business Journal - Article spotlights how with eight offices spread around the country, LRK’s culture has necessitated working and collaborating long distance for years. “We’ve worked long distance for virtually the entire life of the firm,” said Frank Ricks, a founding principal of LRK. “It’s been three decades of learning to be nimble, mobile, and collaborative. … It’s become part of our culture to adapt.”
At Your Service: LRK Remains Fully Operational
To Our Valued Clients, Partners, and Friends,
We are committed to moving your projects forward and remaining on-track. Now, more than ever, we are putting our adaptability to work for you.
Effective today, our employees nationwide have transitioned to working remotely. We have suspended all non-essential travel to do our part during this unprecedented COVID-19 period. Our priority is the health and well-being of our employees, their families, our clients, and greater communities.
Our forward-thinking investment in technology, which has allowed our eight U.S. offices to collaborate seamlessly as one firm, has now grown to connect close to 130 virtual at-home offices. LRK’s technology infrastructure ensures both the capacity and capabilities to continue to serve as your trusted and reliable architects, planners, and designers.
You may reach your LRK contact at any time through email or by phone. Although our doors will be closed, our switchboard will be open and calls will be routed as they have in the past. Never hesitate to give us a call.
Thank you for your patience and partnership as we navigate—and move forward—together. We value you and your business.
On Behalf of LRK's Leadership,
Frank Ricks, FAIA, LEED AP
The Rise Apartments Near Completion in the Edge
Memphis Business Journal - Memphis’ Edge District will welcome new residents later this month. The 199-unit Rise apartments joins neighbors Orion as the Edge continues to gain momentum.
FedEx Logistics Wins MBJ Best Real Estate Deal of the Year
The Memphis Business Journal celebrated the second-annual Best Real Estate Deal (BRED) awards Tuesday, March 3, at The Cadre. Winners were named in hotel, industrial, mixed-use, office, residential, and restaurant/retail categories and an overall Deal of the Year was also announced. Projects were selected because of the complexity of the real estate deal as well as the potential for positive community impact. The LRK-designed FedEx Logistics Headquarters was winner of the office category as well as recipient of Deal of the Year.
A Vertical Urban Village in Memphis
Forbes—Crosstown Concourse was recently featured in Forbes as “the most interesting adapted use project in America.” The article detailed the extensive process of turning the dilapidated Sears center into a vertical urban village. With inspiration from Todd Richardson and Christopher Miner, the creators of Crosstown Arts, and cooperation from the building owner Stanley Cates, the plan for a contemporary arts center emerged. Extensive funding was required to pull off this innovative design idea, but Crosstown now boasts a large community of artists, medical practitioners, students, and teachers. Crosstown Concourse is home to multiple restaurants, Crosstown Arts, Church Health, CBU, Memphis Teacher Residency, and many other community-based organizations. The upper floors also include 265 apartments with over 500 residents including St. Jude families receiving treatment, Ph.D. residents, teachers in training, and artist fellows. The open atriums with cascading staircases bring together the community in a place of adapted reuse to work, learn, exercise, eat, and enjoy the arts.
The Lake District, In Progress
StyleBlueprint—With construction officially underway, the Lake District is coming to life. Plans call for an upscale, walkable, mixed-use town around a lake. With Phase I scheduled to finish in time for the 2020 holidays, the Main Street and inline retail designs will provide a unique shopping experience that focuses on socialization and convenience. Designed with intentionality, the Lake District creates an atmosphere of sophistication and community. LRK provided architectural and master planning services for the development.
Central Station Hotel Wins Big at Building Memphis Awards
Memphis Business Journal—South Main’s Central Station Hotel received two awards at the 2020 Building Memphis celebration held at the Memphis Botanic Gardens on February 13. Most significant was Project of the Year, recognizing the hotel for its excellence in development and integration into the community. Central Station Hotel also took home the award of Best Renovation-Large, rewarding its successful transition into a Hilton Curio Collection. LRK, in association with Bounds & Gillespie Architects, provided architectural services for the renovation.
Cadieux-Smith Selected to ULI’s Health Leaders Network
Urban Land Magazine—LRK is proud to announce that Rogean Cadieux-Smith, a healthcare architect and planner, has been selected to participate in the third cohort of the Urban Land Institute’s Health Leaders Network. The Network recognizes professionals who have improved health outcomes in their practices and communities through innovative knowledge and skills. Cadieux-Smith will join the other 28 members in Detroit in April for an introductory meeting where she will present on her projects and attend webinars to expand her knowledge. The official meeting will take place at the 2020 ULI Fall Meeting in San Francisco, CA.
Ricks Speaker at ULI Louisiana Emerging Trends Conference
Urban Land Institute Louisiana - LRK is proud to announce that founding principal Frank Ricks is a keynote speaker at ULI Louisiana’s Emerging Trends Conference being held today at Tulane University in New Orleans. Frank will be sharing about Crosstown Concourse and its world-wide recognition as a vertical urban village that incorporates art, education, health, and wellness. Crosstown Concourse’s unique design that required extensive creative and adaptive reuse solutions has made it a model for future redevelopment projects and has aided in the project’s success in winning awards, such as the Grand Prize by the Congress for the New Urbanism.
Lake District Breaking Ground
Commercial Appeal - After four years of planning, the Lake District breaks ground on February 5th in Lakeland, Tennessee. On a 160-acre site worth $300 million, the project ranks as the second-largest residential and retail project in metropolitan Memphis. This urban village located in the far corner of Shelby County will consist of retail and residential areas separated by a man-made lake. Construction during Phase I of the project will include 109 townhomes, a hotel near I-40, and over 140,000 square feet of retail shops, restaurants, offices, and entertainment facilities. Phase II is expected to begin in two years and will consist of a lakefront boutique hotel, 25,000 square feet of restaurant space, 396 apartments above the retail shops, 171 single-family homes, and 75,000 additional square feet of corporate office space.