Rethinking Office Layouts Amid COVID Protocols
Daily Memphian – In this article, LRK Principal Rebecca Courtney discusses the importance of remaining nimble and adaptable in response to the COVID protocols.
“It has been interesting to see the questions that companies are asking themselves in trying to think through the immediate response, then trying to look ahead for this in-between time, and then the forever future,” she said. Read more.
Lifestyle Communities Unveils Plans for Mixed-Use Neighborhood
Columbus Business Journal - Developer Lifestyle Communities recently unveiled plans for a 37-acre, walkable, mixed-use community in Worthington, Ohio. The community includes 540 apartments, 166 townhomes, 24 single family homes, 60,000 square feet of commercial space, 25,000 square feet of medical office, and a five-story parking garage. The developer’s application to the city comments that “a critical mass of density and mix of uses creates vibrancy and supports the 'live, work, play' environments that attract young professionals, active adults and empty nesters alike.” As the land is surrounded by single family neighborhoods on three sides, great care was taken to integrate the design with the surrounding neighborhoods. LRK is the architect for the project.
Healthy Building, Healthy People
The Conveyor – This week’s Crosstown Concourse newsletter takes a look at the ways the building promotes physical and mental wellness and the unseen network of environmentally friendly infrastructure that promotes the health and vitality of our planet.
“Crosstown has the infrastructure and the outdoor spaces, the shared mission of getting people to move within the space and congregate, coupled with cultural, educational, and health programming,” said LRK’s Rogean Cadieux-Smith who led the efforts for Crosstown’s Fitwel certification. Read more.
Breathing Life Into Voids Through Artistic Expression and Community Outreach
On Wednesday, October 7th, LRK’s Lauren Tolbert will moderate a virtual panel on adaptive reuse architecture called “Breathing Life Into Voids Through Artistic Expression and Community Outreach.” Part of the first annual Memphis Art & Design (MAD) Week, the focus of the eight-day event is to work with community leaders and artists to remove barriers and ensure equitable access to the exploration of art and design. Enjoy this trailer video that was collaboratively developed for the panel. Special thanks to New Ballet Ensemble & School, Memphis Jookin, and IMAKEMADBEATS.
Mobility Center Planned for Downtown Memphis
LRK is working with the Downtown Memphis Commission to design a mobility center at the corner of Peabody Avenue and Front Street that will include a parking garage and bike station. This unique intersection links the city’s entertainment, sports, commercial, and residential amenities and will tie together the vibrant fabric of downtown.
Crosstown Serves as Working Example of Trane’s “Connected Building” Concept
Trane Technologies – With HVAC demand expected to triple by 2050, Trane explains that connected buildings that utilize digital controls will play a crucial role in ongoing efficient energy management and sustainable building operations.
Crosstown Concourse includes more than 1,200 pieces of connected equipment and about 100 energy meters installed throughout the building. All were utilized to optimize daily operations, track and bill tenant energy use, troubleshoot issues, establish scheduling and make setpoint changes.
To date, Crosstown Concourse’s energy costs and carbon emissions – driven by advanced, real-time analytics – have reduced 3 percent year-over-year since the building’s 2017 re-opening. The facility is on track to save $760,000 in annual utility costs and 8,400 tons of carbon emissions per year compared to the LEED baseline. These savings and efficiencies will help power community growth for generations to come.
Seven LRK-Involved Communities Appear on RCLCO’s list of Top-Selling Master-Planned Communities Mid-Year Report
RCLCO – Every year since 1994, RCLCO has conducted a national survey identifying the top-selling master-planned communities (MPCs) through a rigorous search of high-performing communities in each state. Each year they report total year-end sales among the Top-50 communities at the beginning of the new year, as well as publish this mid-year report. Seven communities where LRK provided planning, design guidelines, architectural, or town architect services appear on this year’s mid-year report. These include Lakewood Ranch in Sarasota, Fla., Bridgeland in Cypress, Texas, Lake Nona in Orlando, Fla., Pecan Square in Northlake, Texas, Union Park in Addison, Texas, Babcock Ranch in Punta Gorda, Fla., and Bexley in Land O’ Lakes, Fla.
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Two LRK-designed Projects Win Dallas Business Journal Best Real Estate Deal Awards
Dallas Business Journal – LRK is pleased to announce The Hamilton has been named a winner in Dallas Business Journal's Best Real Estate Deals of 2020 in the Urban Multifamily category. Playing homage to Deep Ellum’s long artistic history, The Hamilton features commissioned artwork from local artists. Pecan Square, one of Hillwood Communities’ newest developments, also won for Best Single Family Development. Since the model homes opened last fall, builders have sold over 275 homes. Winners were announced virtually on September 23rd.
Excitement for The Lake District Grows as Townhome Plans are Presented
Daily Memphian – Potential homebuyers got a first look at floor plans for townhomes at The Willows of The Lake, part of the $400 million Lake District in Lakeland, Tenn. The Lake District will eventually have a population of about 2,000 people and is the largest development project underway in Shelby County.
Townhomes will range from 1,636 square-feet to 1,816 square-feet and will feature spacious kitchens, high ceilings, private courtyards, garages, and golf cart parking.
The first business at The Lake District, Starbucks, will open before year’s end and many others are scheduled to open next spring.
“Lakeland really needs this,” said Lakeland Mayor Mike Cunningham. “This will be the beacon for Lakeland.”
LRK Presents Plans to Enhance Collierville’s Town Square
Daily Memphian – LRK’s Carson Looney and Victor Buchholz presented ideas for a three-story, 300-space parking garage and 53-room bed-and-breakfast or a boutique hotel with some retail near Collierville’s Town Square.
Carson noted the potential of the square, adding that the project would keep drawing visitors for generations to come. “This could be a catalyst for the square,” he said, “tons of opportunity.”