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.
Rob Norcross Awarded Francis Gassner Award
Rob Norcross was awarded the Francis Gassner Award on Wednesday night at the annual AIA Memphis awards gala. Established in 1977 to commemorate extraordinary architect, Francis P. Gassner, FAIA, the Gassner Award honors an architect for outstanding contributions to the quality of the built environment in Memphis. Rob’s vast experience and unique abilities helped him in leading diverse teams to design some of the most distinctive and significant projects in Memphis over the past 30 years. Rob’s influence on Memphis can be seen in the following examples: FedEx World Technology Center, AutoZone Corporate Headquarters, AutoZone Park, Memphis Ballpark District, FedEx Forum, University of Memphis Men’s Basketball Training Center, Soulsville Charter School and Multipurpose Building, Memphis Rox, Central Station renovation, and the transformation of the Renasant Convention Center. Congratulations, Rob!
Central Station Hotel and Tower Ventures Win AIA Memphis Design Awards
LRK is honored that two LRK-designed projects received AIA Memphis Design Awards at the annual awards gala held at The Grove at GPAC on November 4th. The Central Station Hotel, designed by Bounds & Gillespie Architects in association with LRK, won a Merit Award in the Renovation and Restoration category, while Tower Ventures, located in the Tennessee Brewery, won an Honor Award in the Renovation and Restoration category.
LRK's Nando Micale Serves on ULI Technical Assistance Panel
LRK’s Nando Micale served as Co-Chair on a ULI Technical Assistance Panel in October. The panel addressed a suburban retail center as they look to transition to a mixed-use walkable center and integrate Exton’s 18th century history and character. The center includes a rapidly dying mall and a range of auto-oriented properties, including a recently developed Lifestyle Center, Main Street at Exton. ULI Technical Assistance Panels provide the market-based expertise of ULI members to cities, developers, and other organizations that need objective analysis and advice on how to solve difficult development problems.
Millennial Entrepreneurs Thriving in Philly's New Kreate Hub
WPVI-TV/6abc – The long-awaited renovation of the Thomas Powers School in Philadelphia’s Port Richmond neighborhood into a Kreate Hub is now complete. Founded in New York, Kreate Hub looks for old buildings to renovate into creative and affordable workspace for emerging artists, makers, and entrepreneurs and seeks to energize surrounding neighborhoods in the process. Kreate Hub’s newest location opened earlier this month in Philadelphia, providing a creative outlet for young millennials to grow their businesses. LRK was the architect for Philly’s Kreate Hub space, where great care was taken to reuse and celebrate the building’s original details, including oak floors, pressed tin ceilings, arched hallway openings, and unique chalk-board inlaid rolling partitions.
Documentary to Feature Historic Marine Residence
Memphis Heritage will premiere a free viewing of writer/filmmaker Willy Bearden’s documentary tour of the old U.S. Marine Hospital on Thursday, Oct. 29th. The viewing, on Zoom and Facebook Live, will be at 7 p.m. and followed by a live Q&A with panelists. The film will start with the historic background of the site, including the hospital, Chickasaw Heritage Park, and the French Fort neighborhood. The bulk of the film will be a “virtual tour,” overlayed with audio and video clips describing the restoration process and interspersed with historic and pre-restoration photos. LRK is providing architecture and interior design services.