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.
Mobility Center Crowns Plan to Improve Downtown Parking and Walking
Daily Memphian - The new Downtown Mobility Center will be the crown of the Downtown Memphis Commission’s $62 million plan to improve downtown parking and walking. Plans were unveiled for the nine-level parking garage that will fill an entire city block and be located on what is now a surface parking lot across from Beale Street and the Orpheum Theater. The 1,400-space garage will provide a rooftop restaurant, showers, lockers, and user-friendly storage for bicycles, motorcycles and scooters, and access to the trolley and ride sharing. LRK is providing architectural design.
LRK’s Krissy Buck Flickinger One of 25 Worldwide Selected as LEED Fellow
LRK Associate Krissy Buck Flickinger has been named a 2020 LEED Fellow by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI). Flickinger is among 25 professionals who represent exceptional practitioners and leaders within the green building community and have demonstrated mastery of the technical application of LEED, the world's most widely used green building rating system.
Renasant Convention Center’s Renovation Nears Completion
Memphis Business Journal - Check out this sneak peak inside the Renasant Convention Center as its renovation nears conclusion. The exterior work is almost finished and this week the project hit a milestone as the Front Street corridor was reopened to traffic. The oldest part of the building, originally built in 1974, has been completely transformed with all the old, low ceiling rooms removed and an abundance of natural light coming into the structure. The renovated facility has been designed to be versatile and flexible to accommodate a multitude of events and groups. LRK is providing architectural and interior design services, along with Atlanta-based tvsdesign.
Orion FCU Headquarters and The Hill Winners of Metamorphosis Awards
We are thrilled to announce two LRK-designed projects are winners of 2020 Metamorphosis Awards. Orion Federal Credit Union Headquarters received an Honorable Mention in the Adaptive Reuse category, while The Hill received an Honorable Mention in the Exterior category. Sponsored by retrofit magazine, the competition honors outstanding work retrofitting commercial, industrial, and institutional buildings. Winners will be featured in the November-December issue of retrofit magazine.
Rethinking Office Layouts Amid COVID Protocols
Daily Memphian – In this article, LRK Principal Rebecca Courtney discusses the importance of remaining nimble and adaptable in response to the COVID protocols.
“It has been interesting to see the questions that companies are asking themselves in trying to think through the immediate response, then trying to look ahead for this in-between time, and then the forever future,” she said. Read more.