North America's Coolest Streets
Commercial Property Executive - Dallas’ Deep Ellum, home to the Epic and LRK-designed multifamily tower, The Hamilton, and Memphis’ Overton Square were named as two of the coolest streets in North America. The list, put together by Cushman & Wakefield, features 20 streets from around the country. These streets are being guided by the drive towards urban renewal and the movement of millennials wanting to live in more affordable areas. LRK is proud to have played a role in the design of these great places.
Revised Plans for Union Row Unveiled
Daily Memphian – New details for Union Row were released on Thursday. A revised plan for the $500-million development includes a modified site plan with less retail (47,018 square feet down from 90,000), less parking (1,646 spaces down from 2,200), and one of the two planned office buildings now devoted to a start-up company. Plans also include two hotels, apartments (711 units overall), and ample green space. "This is just kind of extending that Downtown density look and feel further east on Union Avenue," Principal Frank Ricks said. "This is going to make a major difference in the experience of approaching Downtown from the east."
Church Health Relocation Offers Opportunity to Optimize Care Delivery
Healthcare Facilities Today – Church Health was recently featured in an article that focuses on how design optimizes care delivery. When Church Health was preparing to consolidate their multiple offices into a single location at Crosstown Concourse, they worked with LRK to make sure their new facility was planned with flexible spaces that could adapt to changing industry practices. The LRK team met with staff and patients to discover key goals and then continued to observe and test ideas throughout the design process and even after move-in. Also key to the design’s success were understanding the client’s vision and mission and emphasizing transparency throughout the process.
HUD Selects Omaha Choice Neighborhood for $1.3 Million Dollar Grant
September 19th, HUD announced that Omaha’s Southside Terrace–Indian Hills Neighborhood is one of four $1.3 million 2019 Choice Neighborhood grants. LRK is the community planner and urban designer for this 2-year long effort that will engage the neighborhood residents and stakeholders to reimagine a community that was once known as The Magic City. The neighborhood includes the historic Omaha Stockyards and its population is one of the most diverse in the City, with a mix of Latino, African American, and recent African refugees from across the continent. LRK will be working with the City, Omaha Housing Authority, Southside Redevelopment Corporation, Heartland Workers Center, Spark CDI, The Simple Foundation, among other non-profit and philanthropy partners to create a plan to improve the quality of life for the residents, physically transform the neighborhood, and provide high-quality, mixed-income housing.
LRK Draws Top Talent to Firm
Momentum - The latest issue of the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Momentum magazine features an article, “City’s Reputation as Leader in Adaptive Reuse Movement Draws Top Talent to Architecture Firms,” with multiple quotes from LRK staff. With talent development across LRK’s eight markets being a top priority, the article discusses LRK’s recruitment efforts in Memphis. When it comes to recruiting team members to Memphis, LRK sells the city. The city’s efforts in reinvigorating historic properties and the downtown core are inspirational, and when recruits come and experience not only the Memphis culture, but also their potential for engagement and impact, it’s a huge draw.
South City Grand Opening
WREG - Yesterday, a ribbon cutting marked the grand opening of the first phase of South City with 114 new mixed-income homes on a portion of the site of the former Foote Homes complex. The total number of residences will be 600 townhouse and walk-up apartments in five phases. Former residents of Foote Homes, which was often cited for poor living conditions, crime, and violence, are optimistic that this is the first step in a long-term revitalization strategy. LRK provided planning, urban design, architecture, and interior design services for South City. LRK’s Frank Ricks, Rob Norcross, and project architect Alex Bruce attended the celebration.
Rudy Bruner Award Presented at Crosstown
Daily Memphian - Friday afternoon, the prestigious Rudy Bruner Gold Award was presented at Crosstown Concourse. For the past 30 years, the RBA design competition has recognized transformative places that contribute to the economic, environmental, and social vitality of American cities. Anne-Marie Lubenau, awards director and architect, stated that while a lot of projects are planned for activation and placemaking, Crosstown very successfully succeeded. “What’s fascinating, I think a lot of projects have that ambition or aspiration,” she said of the human energy that courses through Crosstown Concourse. “But here, it is happening.”
J. Carson Looney Builder's Choice Award Juror
Carson Looney recently participated on a panel of jurors for the 2019 Builder’s Choice & Custom Home Design Awards. Sixteen projects representing the best in residential design received honors. Overall, the jurors praised “function in smaller footprints, use of innovative building materials, and remodels that respect the existing architecture.”
LRK Honored in MBJ’s 2019 Best Places to Work
Memphis Business Journal – Each year the Memphis Business Journal honors companies who prioritize their employee’s well-being at its annual Best Places to Work and HR Impact Awards. LRK was honored in the medium category, which includes companies with 50 to 149 local employees.
LRK to Host Memphis Chamber’s SoundCheck
LRK’s Founding Principal Frank Ricks will speak to a group of the Greater Memphis Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals Council on Wednesday, September 25 at LRK’s headquarter office. The Chamber’s Corner Office Series gives young professionals access to business leaders in a setting that allows for valuable conversation and the opportunity to ask questions. For more information and to sign up, click here.