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.”
LRK's Sophorn Kuoy Olsen and Lauren Tolbert Featured in Exhibit of Diverse Designers
LRK Associate Sophorn Kuoy Olsen and Architectural Designer Lauren Tolbert have been featured in Beyond the Built Environment’s SAY IT LOUD exhibition. The exhibition features projects by diverse design professionals and interviews on their experiences in the architecture and design professions. Sophorn’s featured project is the Orion Federal Credit Union Headquarters and Lauren’s featured project is Crosstown Concourse, both in Memphis, Tenn.
LRK's Rogean Cadieux-Smith Joins Panel on Community Health Disparities
LRK’s Rogean Cadieux-Smith, AIA, EDAC, fitwel ambassador, joins a panel of community health professionals and industry leaders who will share tools, techniques, and new approaches to transform strategies and efforts to close the gaps in underlying health disparities heightened by the “new normal.” As a practitioner focused in wellness and resiliency, Rogean will share her perspective on the evolving role of planning and urban design to build equity and strengthen communities. Organized by Bass River Advisors, the virtual panel will be held on September 18th.
Bruner Foundation's In-depth Case Study on Crosstown Concourse Published
In 2019, Crosstown Concourse was honored to receive the prestigious Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence (Gold Medal). The Bruner Foundation's in-depth case study on the Concourse project was recently released to the public. Read the full study here: Crosstown Concourse Case Study.
LRK’s Eli Storch to Lead Philadelphia’s Design Advocacy Group
Associate Eli Storch has been named Chair of Philadelphia’s Design Advocacy Group (DAG). DAG is a public forum and advocate for design quality and equity in the planning, architecture, preservation, and physical development of Philadelphia. Please take a moment to read Eli’s letter to DAG’s more than 1,600 members here.
LRK’s Danielle Lake’s Design Receives Award from AIA Austin
Urban Designer Danielle Lake and Landscape Designer Jessica Arias of Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects (MNLA) in New York were awarded first place for their design concept for Tillery Park (Urban Cleanliness Park Scenario) in AIA Austin’s Force-Majeure competition.
LRK's Krissy Buck Flickinger Becomes Memphis' First NGBS Green Verifier
LRK Associate Krissy Buck Flickinger recently became the Memphis area’s only NGBS Green Verifier. NGBS Green Verifiers serve as independent, in-field representatives of Home Innovation Research Lab's National Green Building Standard, a green building certification program. Verifiers work with builder/developer/remodeler/architect clients to guide them through the certification process and perform rough and final inspections of the projects seeking certification.
Since her certification, Krissy’s qualifications resulted in her being hired as the third-party Green Verifier for the construction of a prominent midrise residential development in Memphis.