LRK-Designed Projects Recipients of Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Awards
Two LRK-designed projects are recipients of a 2020 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award. The Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Awards program recognizes outstanding voluntary actions that improve or protect our environment and natural resources through projects or initiatives not required by law or regulation. FedExFamilyHouse was honored in the Building Green category and Crosstown Concourse was recognized with a Pursuit of Excellence Award, an accolade that recognizes past award winners who continue to demonstrate a high regard for environmental stewardship. Governor Bill Lee said “Tennesseans continue to show their commitment to the environment in innovative ways, and we want to recognize their outstanding efforts. These awards show that responsible environmental stewardship is happening across our state.”
3 Keys to Successfully Renovating Retail Centers
Commercial Construction & Renovation – With the recent renovation of The Hill Shopping Center in Dallas offering a blueprint for the transformation of underutilized and abandoned shopping centers, LRK Principals Frank Ricks and Craig Henry share their design tips in an article featured in Commercial Construction & Renovation. Ricks and Henry suggest creating “ah ha” moments, incorporating local art, interesting materials, and zoned color palettes to help create strong visual identity. To be financially viable, they also suggest preserving and enhancing versus demolishing and replacing. Ricks and Henry also advise a strong focus on tenant brand identity, while ensuring overall site consistency.
Memphis Welcomes the Central Station Hotel
At Home Memphis & MidSouth - This article features the Central Station Hotel, a Curio Collection by Hilton property, which recently opened in Downtown Memphis. Situated in the renovated historic Central Station, this boutique hotel offers light-filled interiors highlighting mid-century modern furniture. Guest rooms feature large windows and tall ceilings with spectacular views of Downtown, while the hotel’s restaurant, Bishop, and the Eight & Sand bar anchor the ground floor. A rotating playlist of Memphis connected music resonates throughout the hotel—from public areas, including the restaurant and bar and an exclusive, sound-proof Listening Lounge, to guestrooms, each with its own handcrafted sound system.
Meadowbrook Park Featured in Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal - Meadowbrook Park was recently featured in an article that focuses on the transformation of many of the country’s golf courses into master planned developments. As golf’s popularity wanes, these popular developments replace golf with mixed-use communities featuring restaurants, mircrobreweries, retail, amenities such as lakes, hiking and biking trails, and plenty of diverse recreational opportunities. Today, 136-acre Meadowbrook Park features an 84-acre public park with an activity center, sledding hill, adventure playground, single family homes, apartments, senior-living units, and a boutique hotel with supporting restaurant. LRK provided planning, architecture, and interior design services for Meadowbrook Park.
A Home Office That Really Works
Daily Memphian – Principal Carson Looney is quoted in this article about how our experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic are shaping our insights into what a home office should be. When designing the New American Home for the International Builder’s Show in 1993, Looney had to lobby the committee to design a 7-by-8-foot home office with a window and door instead of a 3-foot built-in kitchen desk. He won the argument and the home office was a hit. Ever since, Looney has advocated for functional home-office space, whether designing for a high-end custom home or an apartment. The article also contains Carson’s checklist of components that help a home office function well.
See Inside Wiseacre’s New Downtown Brewery
Memphis Business Journal - Wiseacre’s new downtown brewery is now in test mode and the Memphis Business Journal offers a sneak peak inside. The 40,000-square-foot brewery features a modern design and an optimal location near downtown landmarks, such as Central BBQ, Beale Street, the National Civil Rights Museum, and FedExForum.
Seazen Rocky Point Featured as a BALA Multifamily Home of the Week
Best in American Living - NAHB’s Best in American Living featured Seazen Rocky Point as one of their Multifamily Homes of the Week after winning the BALA Gold Award earlier this year. The property features 700 feet of shoreline that includes a boardwalk, waterfront courtyards, and a 33-slip marina.
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.