Dockside Clemson Secures Financing
Multi-Housing News – Dockside Clemson, a student housing project in Clemson, South Carolina, has received financing. Located along Tiger Boulevard and Lake Hartwell, the development is situated a mile from Clemson University and offers studio, one-, two-, three-, and four-bedroom units. Along with lake-front views and dock access, the community will feature ground-floor retail, a fitness center, swimming pool, and tech lounge. LRK provided planning services for the development.
Central Station Hotel Wins BD+C Reconstruction Award
BD+C - Central Station Hotel as recently honored with a Bronze Reconstruction Award by BD+C magazine. The winners were announced in the December issue of BD+C and projects will be featured on BDCnetwork throughout December and January. LRK provided architectural design for the hotel in association with Bounds & Gillespie.
Little Bettie Opens in Wiseacre Brewery
Daily Memphian - Little Bettie, the long-awaited pizza eatery by restaurant veterans Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman, opened last week in the new downtown Wiseacre Brewery. Jennifer Biggs of the Daily Memphian writes that “the space, first of all, is massive and impressive. A wall of windows stretches along the front, and inside, the ceiling in the tap room soars 40-plus feet. Port holes along one wall allow a clear view into the room where the magic happens, where the beer is brewed in big stainless vats.” LRK provided design services for Wiseacre Brewery.
Celestial Lighting Design for Orion Federal Credit Union Headquarters
A-Light – The LRK-designed Orion Federal Credit Union Headquarters was recently featured in a profile on architectural lighting company A-Light’s website. LRK utilized the existing concrete floors and walls, open ceiling, and ductwork in the rehabilitation of an old Wonder Bread bakery for the company’s new headquarters. With large industrial windows on four sides, natural light was abundant, giving an opportunity for extra creativity with the lighting design. Playing with the company’s name (calling to mind Orion’s Belt and shooting stars), the imaginative lighting helps to establish a “striking celestial work environment.“
LRK Named Top Workplace for Fourth Year
The Commercial Appeal - LRK has been named to The Commercial Appeal’s list of 2020 Top Workplaces in the small business category. It is LRK’s 4th year in a row to be honored! The Commercial Appeal partners with Energage, an employee research and culture technology firm, to determine Memphis’ top workplaces based solely on employee survey feedback. In an unprecedented year, when the pandemic has forced companies of all sizes to pivot and redefine the workplace, LRK is deeply honored and humbled to be recognized.
LRK Philadelphia Honored as 2020 AIA Firm Fostering Emerging Professionals
LRK is pleased to announce their Philadelphia office was recognized by AIA Pennsylvania as one of the 2020 AIA Firms Fostering Emerging Professionals. Firms were recognized for their dedication to the development of emerging professionals during AIA Pennsylvania’s Architectural Excellence Broadcast on Thursday, November 19th. LRK Philadelphia also received the AIA Firms Fostering Emerging Professionals award in 2017.
LRK Philadelphia's Eli Storch and Nando Micale Participate in DAG Charrette
On November 6th, LRK Philadelphia’s Eli Storch and Nando Micale participated with a multi-disciplinary team of 40 professionals and Master of City Planning students in a design charrette that was focused on a gentrifying riverfront neighborhood (Gray’s Ferry) just outside of Philadelphia’s Center City District. Nando and Eli both serve on the City’s Design Advocacy Group (DAG) Steering Committee (Eli is the chair and Nando is co-chair of the group’s Waterfronts Task Force), who is the financial sponsor of the charrette and the resulting DAG Plan for Advocacy. The charrette included four teams, who imagined how different economic forces could reshape this key riverfront neighborhood and how equity and resiliency could be embodied in a set of planning and design principles. In advancing DAG's mission for design advocacy in the city, the non-profit is working with the University's practice arm, PennPraxis, to run the charrette and develop the work into the Plan for Advocacy document. The DAG Plan for Advocacy will be published in Spring 2021 and will also be the subject of a DAG Forum. In addition to and in parallel with this effort, Nando, as faculty at the University of Pennsylvania's Weitzman School of Design, is leading a team of graduate students in preparing the materials for the charrette and producing their own plan for equitable change in this neighborhood. The initial charrette ideas included: models of higher density housing and mixed-use that include affordability; development of riverfront parks that better connect the neighborhood to the Schuylkill River Trail; and ideas for institutional integration and models for job creation.
Renasant Convention Center Flipping the Switch
Daily Memphian - On November 17th, the Renasant Convention Center’s new exterior signage and lighting will officially by switched on, signaling the center’s upcoming completion. Silver cladding on the building’s western exposure will reflect sunsets over the Mississippi River and the display of clouds and light throughout the day. At night, new lighting will highlight the building’s architectural features and once the building is hosting events again, the building will be glowing from within. Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and Memphis Tourism chief Kevin Kane will join C. Mitchell Waycaster, chief executive officer of Tupelo-based Renasant Bank, in a lighting ceremony starting at 6 p.m.
The Citizen Wins Multi-Housing News Excellence Award
LRK is pleased to announce The Citizen won a Silver Multi-Housing News Excellence Award in the Best Adaptive Reuse Category. Awards were announced during an online ceremony at the conclusion of the CPE-MHN 2020 Summit on November 5th. The 14th annual Multi-Housing News Excellence Awards recognize the multifamily industry’s top projects, transactions, and people in 25 categories.
Retrofit Magazine Features The Hill and Orion Federal Credit Union Headquarters
Retrofit magazine has published the winners of the 2020 Metamorphosis awards, including features on The Hill Shopping Center and Orion Federal Credit Union Headquarters. The Hill, a 1970’s shopping center, lacked good visibility and people tended to go only if they had a specific tenant to visit. LRK’s design helped meet the developer’s goal of creating a shopping center destination, while also saving the cost of new construction.
LRK was charged with repurposing an abandoned Wonder Bread factory into the new headquarters for Orion Federal Credit Union, while also creating a work atmosphere that was so compelling employees would be enthusiastic about their relocation from the suburbs to downtown Memphis. Now providing Class A office space for more than 225 employees, the structure creatively reuses parts of the existing factory complex, while delivering an open, collaborative office environment with visual connections to downtown.