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December 18, 2014

Apartment Complex at Centennial Olympic Park Gets Initial OK

Atlanta Business Chronicle - Post Properties has received preliminary approval from Invest Atlanta to build an LRK-designed 407-unit apartment project adjacent to Centennial Olympic Park. Read more.

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December 10, 2014

First Look at Demolition Work Inside Sears Crosstown

Memphis Business Journal - This article takes a look inside Sears Crosstown as the demolition begins.  Read more.

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December 10, 2014

LRK Recognized Nationally for Best Business Practices 2014

LRK has been named to PSMJ’s Circle of Excellence. PSMJ Resources, Inc., a leading management consulting firm for the A/E industry, recognizes the top firms demonstrating sound business practices each year. Awards are based on performance metrics such as business development, operations, and staff retention. The firms were honored at a dinner on December 4th at the 2014 A/E/C Industry Summit in Orlando.

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December 9, 2014

Transforming Communities

Affordable Housing News - The LRK-designed Elysian, located in Baton Rouge, is featured in the winter issue of Affordable Housing News. According to the article, The Elysian sets a new standard in the city’s affordable housing stock with an outdoor kitchen and garden, playground, bike storage, and community room and fitness center. Offering convenient access to parks, restaurants, retail and a farmer’s market, The Elysian was also the recent recipient of the 2014 Good Growth Award.

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December 8, 2014

Residences at CityWest Add to Apartment Construction in Westchase

Houston ChronicleThe 266-unit CityWest is located in Houston’s Westchase District within walking distance of the Phillips 66 corporate headquarters, currently under construction. The contemporary architectural spirit of CityWest reflects the modern metropolis that is Houston and promises to be the first step in transforming the existing District into a walkable live/work environment. Read more.

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December 5, 2014

Southern Charm

Delta Magazine - One of LRK’s custom homes graces the cover and twelve pages of Delta Magazine’s November/December holiday issue. Although designed for a contemporary lifestyle, the home is inspired by classic Southern architecture and exudes an old-world charm. Pick up a copy of the magazine at the newsstand today!  

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December 3, 2014

Building A Village: The Growing Trend of Mixed-Use Developments

High Ground – Frank Ricks is interviewed in this article that focuses on the growing trend of mixed-use development in Memphis. LRK projects, such as Crosstown, Harbor Town, and Overton Square, are featured. Read more.

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November 5, 2014

The Long View: A Look Back at Harbor Town's First 25 Years

High Ground – This article recounts the history, the challenges and success, of Harbor Town, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Congratulations, Harbor Town! Read more.

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October 29, 2014

A Plan in Progress: A Guide to Downtown Developments on the South End

High Ground - This article about the renaissance of the South Main District highlights multiple LRK projects, including the Hotel Chicsa renovation, South Junction, Artspace, Old Dominick Distillery, and the Main-to-Main Connector. Read more.

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October 28, 2014

Restoration of Midtown Landmark Days Away

The Daily News – Located on Union Avenue, the fate of the historic Nineteenth Century Club has been tenuous and at one point, demolition seemed inevitable. Thanks to a new owner, renovation plans are now underway and call for an upscale restaurant and event rental space. LRK is proud to be a part of the project team. Read more.

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October 23, 2014

Spirited Revival

The Daily News - A 54,000-square-foot warehouse in the booming South Main District is being renovated for the Old Dominick Distillery. Read more for additional renovation details.

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October 21, 2014

Central Library Preparing to Open New Teen Learning Lab Space

The Daily News - Expectations for today's libraries are changing across the board, and LRK is currently working on a new learning lab in the Memphis Central Library that is being designed specifically for teenagers. Read more.

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October 20, 2014

LRK is a Proud Sponsor of 2014 ULI Fall Meeting in New York City

LRK is proud of its involvement with ULI-the Urban Land Institute both locally and nationally and we are honored to be a sponsor of the 2014 ULI Fall Meeting in New York City. LRK’s commitment to designing and creating sustainable thriving communities is synonymous with ULI’s mission and reflected in the designs of multiple ULI Award for Excellence projects including Memphis Ballpark Neighborhood, Harbor Town and Orlando's Baldwin Park.

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October 17, 2014

LRK Honored to Receive Six Tennessee ASID Design Awards

LRK is honored to have received six awards at the Tennessee ASID Design Awards ceremony on October 10, 2014.  Talis Park (Naples, FL), the West Osceola Branch Library (Celebration, FL), and Waterset Welcome Center (Tampa, FL) were First Place winners. The National Civil Rights Museum Administration Building (Memphis, TN) and the LIFT Wellness Center (Jackson, TN) received Merit awards, while the Waterset Welcome Center was also named Best in Show!  

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October 7, 2014

Memphis International Airport Ground Transportation Center's Pedestrian Plaza Wins TN ASLA Award

LRK is honored to have been a part of the project team for the Memphis International Airport Ground Transportation Center.  The pedestrian plaza design recently received an Honor Award at the annual conference of the TN Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. There were only 8 professional awards given statewide and just 3 for West TN projects. 

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October 3, 2014

LRK Ranked 81 in ENR's Top 100 Green Buildings Design Firms

Engineering News Record - As further proof of our commitment to sustainability, LRK was recently ranked 81 in Engineering News Record's Top 100 Green Buildings Design Firms. Read more.

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September 30, 2014

Harbor Town

Memphis Magazine - This article takes a look at Harbor Town's founding and its growth and development over the past 25 years! Read more.

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September 24, 2014

Krissy Buck is Named a Green Globes Professional

LRK is excited to announce our first Green Globes Professional, Krissy Buck. LRK has always realized the importance of sustainable design and has implemented best practices ranging from smart growth principles to environmentally friendly products to LEED certification. With Krissy’s GGP certification, we now add Green Globes expertise to our portfolio. Krissy joined LRK in 2011, bringing with her a wealth of LEED project experience. Krissy has been involved with the certification efforts for five LEED Platinum projects and she is a USGBC Board Member for the Memphis Chapter. With a passion for sustainability, historic preservation and adaptive reuse, Krissy believes design should celebrate the history of a community and work within the existing fabric to create the perfect blend of old and new. Congratulations, Krissy.

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September 19, 2014

Memphis Central Library will get $2M Teen Learning Lab

Memphis Business Journal - Construction is beginning on a new 8,300-square-foot Teen Learning Lab in the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library. LRK is the architect. Read more.

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September 11, 2014

Bloodworth: Greenways Increasing Residential Values

The Daily News - This article discusses the Mid-South Regional Greenprint Sustainability Plan's goal of conserving and enhancing connectivity to natural assets across the region, also leading to increased property values. Read more

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September 2, 2014

Redesigned, $15M Artspace Lofts Moves Forward in South Main

Memphis Business Journal - The Artspace Lofts are moving forward with plans to transform the old United Warehouse in downtown Memphis' South Main district into a 58-unit residential project with an outdoor arts garden and performance plaza.  Read more.

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August 29, 2014

The Memphis Airport Is on a Mission to Become Its Own City

CityLab - This article discusses the new $2 million Aerotropolis Master Plan and its goals to transform the 50-square- mile area around the Memphis International Airport. Read more.

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August 29, 2014

Jackson Walk Receives Outstanding Planning Award for Implementation

Jackson Walk received an Outstanding Planning Award for Implementation from the American Planning Association, Tennessee Chapter. The award was presented at a luncheon that was held on August 28, 2014 in conjunction with the Tennessee APA's annual conference in Nashville.

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August 28, 2014

Greenprint Advocates Tout Range of Benefits

The Daily News - This article discusses how the Mid-South Regional Greenprint and Sustainability Plan leverages our local natural resources and growing network of trails, providing more recreational opportunities, boosting the regional transportation system, promoting economic development, and building community. Read more.

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August 11, 2014

Post 510 Receives NGBS Green Certification

LRK-designed Post 510, a multifamily community located near the Museum District in Houston, has received NGBS Green Certification at the Bronze level of the 2008 National Green Building Standard. 

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August 1, 2014

LRK Receives an AIA Tennessee Merit Award for the National Civil Rights Museum Administration Building

LRK was honored with a Merit Award for the National Civil Rights Museum Administration Building at the 2014 Design Awards gala held in conjunction with AIA Tennessee's state convention. Fourteen projects were chosen from a field of 70 submittals. Read more.

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August 1, 2014

Chisca Rebirth

The Daily News - Despite years of neglect, many architectural gems in the 1913 Hotel Chisca building are salvageable. The $28 million historic renovation will feature 161 apartments, retail, and restaurant space. Read more.

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July 30, 2014

Jackson Walk Receives Funding to Build Additional Housing

The Jackson Housing Authority in Jackson, TN, was awarded $190,330 by the Tennessee Housing Development Agency to build additional housing in the LRK-designed Jackson Walk development. Hal Crocker, Jackson Walk developer and a partner in Healthy Community LLC who will lead the new housing development, indicated that they will be focusing on smaller homes in a target redevelopment area that is part of Jackson Walk. Read more...

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July 29, 2014

LiFT Wellness Center Wins Golden Aurora Award

LRK was honored with multiple Aurora Awards, including the Golden Aurora Award, which is considered Best in Show. The Lake House at Fishhawk Ranch won an Aurora Award and a Grand Aurora Award in the Recreational Facility/Community Clubhouse category, and the LiFT Wellness Center won an Aurora Award, Grand Aurora Award - Best of State TN, and the Golden Aurora Award. The awards banquet was held in conjunction with the Southeast Building Conference on July 26th at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando.

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July 25, 2014

New Phase Launches in $93M Cleaborn Homes Redevelopment

Memphis Business Journal - Construction is about to start on the fourth and final phase of the Cleaborn Homes redevelopment. Read more.

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July 18, 2014

D. Canale & Co. to Build Old Dominick Distillery in Memphis

Modern Distillery Age - Memphis-based food and beverage wholesale and distributor, D. Canale & Co., has announced it is building Old Dominick, a public distillery and tasting room in downtown Memphis.  A 1920s warehouse is being renovated for the distillery, which plans to begin operations next summer and open to the public in fall of 2015. LRK is providing architectural services for the renovation. Read more.

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July 1, 2014

FedExFamilyHouse

At Home Memphis & MidSouth - This article relays the history of FedExFamilyHouse, beginning as the vision of a local community leader to the extensive volunteer network that supports the facility today. FedExFamilyHouse aims to provide a flexible, home-like environment for families with a critically ill child being treated at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital. LRK provided both architectural and interior design services. Read more.

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July 1, 2014

Trademark's Saddle Creek Transformation Underway

Fort Worth-based Trademark recently announced that the NEW Saddle Creek is taking shape in Germantown, TN. Demolition has commenced on 20,000 square feet of existing space, which will be replaced with an additional 40,000 square feet of new retail space in that area. Scheduled for completion in 2015, the NEW Saddle Creek will offer 168,000 square feet of retail space with remodeled building exteriors, facade improvements, and upgraded amenities throughout the property. Redesign was led by LRK principal Victor Buchholz. Read more...

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June 26, 2014

Heart of Arlington

The Daily News – Arlington, Tennessee is one of the fastest growing communities in the state, and local business owners and officials believe the historic Depot Square is primed for growth. A recently completed Depot Square master plan that LRK created identifies areas for new commercial businesses and redevelopment while maintaining the small town charm. The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development has also selected Arlington to participate in the Tennessee Downtown programs, an improvement program for traditional commercial districts. There were only six towns selected, and Arlington was the only one in west Tennessee. Read more.

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June 25, 2014

City of Jackson Recepient of TML Achievement Award for Excellence in Community Wellness

In recognition of Jackson's efforts in building wellness into the very fabric of the community, the city was recognized with a 2014 Achievement Award for Excellence in Community Wellness during the Tennessee Municipal League’s 75th Annual Conference in Chattanooga on June 24, 2014. Jackson Walk and the LiFT Wellness Center were seen as significant contributors in a community-wide health and wellness initiative.  

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June 24, 2014

Memphis International Airport Ground Transportation Center Winner of International Parking Institute Awards

The Memphis International Airport Ground Transportation Center was the recent recipient of two awards from the International Parking Institute’s Awards of Excellence. The parking facility won an Award of Excellence in Category V (Best Parking Facility Rehabilitation or Restoration) and an Award of Merit in Category II (Best Design of a Parking Facility with 800 or More Spaces). The awards were presented at the IPI Conference & Expo in Grapevine, Texas on Tuesday, June 3, 2014.

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June 21, 2014

Local Firms Benefiting from Cycling, Walking Paths

The Daily News - This article focuses on the 150 miles of new trails and bike lanes that have been planned in the Memphis area over the past three years. Features the Main to Main Street Multimodal Connector project and the Mid-South Greenprint and Sustainability Plan. Read more.

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June 21, 2014

Team Setting

The Daily News - Rebecca Courtney is quoted in this article which explores the growing trend of collaborative office space and discusses how shared space fosters creativity and productivity. Read more.

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June 4, 2014

Developers Pull $115M in Permits for Sears Crosstown

The Commercial Appeal - The contractor has pulled the first permits for the $180 million redevelopment of Sears Crosstown. Read more.

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May 28, 2014

Deliver Smaller Floor Plans that Live Large

Builder - This discussion, featuring both J. Carson Looney and Mike Sullivan, focuses on how to design smaller homes with more livability and functionality. Read more.

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May 28, 2014

Focus on Dramatic, Low-Cost Interior Elements

Builder - Mike Sullivan and J. Carson Looney share their ideas on how thoughtful design details can create more value for a home. Read more.

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May 28, 2014

Boost Curb Appeal Without Breaking the Bank

Builder - This article, with quotes from both J. Carson Looney and Mike Sullivan, explains how designing classic, properly scaled elevations can boost curb appeal while also being cost effective. Read more.

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May 23, 2014

Post Proposes 400 Apartments by Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park

Atlanta Business Chronicle - Downtown Atlanta is experiencing more multifamily development than it has seen in the past decade with the LRK-designed Post Centennial Park apartments leading the way. The brownstone-inspired apartments will promote a more pedestrian friendly neighborhood. Read more.

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May 15, 2014

Relaxed Living in Baton Rouge

Builder Perkins Lane, a mixed-use infill development in the heart of Baton Rouge just minutes away from Louisiana State University, was designed with open floor plans that maximize indoor/outdoor relationships and feature large, usable courtyards. Read more.

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May 13, 2014

Power Players

Congratulations to Frank Ricks for being named to Memphis Business Quarterly's annual Power Players list of top architects.

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May 7, 2014

Toof Building Undergoes $5 Million Renovation

High Ground - The Toof Building, built in 1913, is currently getting a makeover, and LRK is providing architectural services. The design for the five-story mixed-use renovation will feature 60 apartments above ground-floor retail.

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May 7, 2014

Jackson Amphitheater

Jackson Sun - This article features the amphitheater that was designed as part of the Jackson Walk neighborhood. A summer concert series launched last week, providing a opportunity for the community to get together and socialize.

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April 28, 2014

Winners by Design

The Commercial Appeal - LRK won three of the six awards handed out at the 2014 AIA Memphis Design Awards ceremony Saturday night. The National Civil Rights Museum Administrative Offices won an Honor Award of Excellence, the highest honor, and the LiFT Wellness Center and Waterset Welcome Center both won Merit Awards.

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April 25, 2014

Jackson Walk on List of Top 13 Developments

Jackson Sun - Although Jackson Walk was considered somewhat of a gamble initially, the community is now considered by the Urban Land Institute to be one of the best 13 developments in the world that contribute to healthy living. Features quotes from developer Hal Crocker.

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April 17, 2014

The Preserve at Harveston

The Preserve at Harveston is a new 1,400-acre pedestrian-oriented TND in Baton Rouge. Inspired by classic southern neighborhoods and streetscapes, phase one of The Preserve at Harveston features gracious homes, a community center, pool, walking trails, a 15-acre park, and lakes, all nestled amongst a nature preserve. LRK provided planning services and architecture for single family homes and the village post office.  Phase one is currently under construction.

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April 16, 2014

To a Tee

inRegister - The April issue of inRegister magazine features an LRK-designed home in Baton Rouge. Mike Sullivan designed this comfortable home for Lisette and Andres Prieto to meet the needs of their family's active lifestyle and reflect the region's vernacular architecture.

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April 15, 2014

Pursuing Business Case of Healthy Building

GlobeSt.com – Report covers the newly released ULI publication, Building for Wellness: The Business Case, which features Jackson Walk.

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April 15, 2014

Memphis Public Library Voted Most Beautiful

The LRK-designed Memphis Public Library & Information Center won "Best in Show" during a recent nationwide online photography contest!  Awards will be presented during National Library Week, April 13-19.

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April 14, 2014

The Residences at La Cantera Open

Leasing has begun at The Residences at La Cantera! Located adjacent the newest phase of The Shops of La Cantera in San Antonio, Texas, The Residences at La Cantera is a $50 million, urban-style mixed-use development incorporating 323 high-end apartments and more than 4,000 square feet of amenity retail space.

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April 11, 2014

Building for Wellness

ULI - Jackson Walk is one of thirteen projects featured in the ULI report, Building for Wellness: The Business Case. In the report developers share their motivation for incorporating a variety of health and wellness features in their projects, how these features factored into the overall development and operations process, and how the market has responded. The report was released at ULI’s Spring Council Meeting in Vancouver, April 9 – 11, 2014.

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April 2, 2014

What Smart Cities Can Learn From Memphis

Pop City – This article describes how city and civic leaders have worked together to spur revitalization across Memphis. The Mid-South Regional Greenprint Plan, Sears Crosstown and Overton Square are among the LRK projects mentioned.

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March 25, 2014

Ribbon Cutting for One of Baton Rouge's Newest Projects, The Elysian

A ribbon cutting will be held today, March 25th, at 3 pm to celebrate the grand opening one of Baton Rouge’s newest projects, The Elysian. The LRK-designed multifamily project will feature convenient access to downtown Baton Rouge, pedestrian oriented streetscapes, porches and balconies, a community room and fitness center, playground area, bike racks, outdoor gathering space and an outdoor kitchen.  http://www.liveattheelysian.com

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March 11, 2014

County Commission approves Sears Crosstown Funding

Memphis Business Journal - The Sears Crosstown redevelopment has received the last major piece of funding that will allow the project to commence. Construction is expected to begin in spring 2014 and initial occupancy is planned for spring 2016.

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February 28, 2014

Why Smart Builders Care About Walkability

Builder Magazine - J. Carson Looney is quoted in this discussion of the increasing popularity of walkable communities and why designing pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods makes good business sense.

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February 27, 2014

Hampline Recalls Overton Park Interstate Plans

Daily News - An update on the status of the Overton Broad Connector project, now known as the Hampline.

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February 25, 2014

Overton Square Wins MBJ's Building Memphis Awards Best Repurposing or Conversion Project

Memphis Business Journal - Overton Square Wins Building Memphis Awards Best Repurposing or Conversion Project.

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February 24, 2014

Breaking Through

The Daily News - Frank Ricks featured in an article discussing how women are shattering the glass ceiling, both locally and nationally.

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February 23, 2014

LRK's New Website Winner of Memphis Addy Silver Award

The Memphis chapter of the American Advertising Federation hosted its annual awards ceremony on February 22nd at the Memphis Zoo, and LRK's new website was the winner of a Silver Award.

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February 20, 2014

LRK Projects Receive Best in American Living Awards

Best in American Living Awards - LRK projects receive national awards from the Best in American Living Awards. Van Vleet Flats in Memphis won a Silver Award in the Multifamily Adaptive Reuse category. Paradise Dawn in Daytona Beach won multiple awards including a Gold Award for One-of-a-Kind Home over 6,501 sq. ft.

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February 6, 2014

Azalea Court Breaks Ground in Houston's River Oaks District

Houston Business Journal - LRK-designed Azalea Court Breaks Ground in Houston's River Oaks District.

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February 5, 2014

U.S. News & World Report Ranks River Inn as Best Memphis Hotel

U.S. News & World Report - Designed by LRK, River Inn of Harbor Town ranks #1 out of 192 Memphis Hotels based on an evaluation of expert ratings and awards, as well as user reviews. The hotel scored high enough to make the U.S. News list of the Best Hotels in Memphis.

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January 29, 2014

2014 Forecast Promising for Memphis Commercial Real Estate Development

The Daily News - Amos Maki with Memphis' The Daily News surveys a variety of exciting commercial real estate opportunities that are in development or planning and design phase, or that could potentially move forward in 2014. The Sears Crosstown and Overton Square projects are reviewed in detail.

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January 20, 2014

Main to Main Construction Begins

The Main Street to Main Street Multi-Modal Connector Project begins construction on the first of five segments - the North Main segment from Henry Avenue to Keel Avenue in Uptown. When all five segments are complete, the improvements will connect Uptown across Harahan Bridge to West Memphis making a path that is both pedestrian and bike friendly. To read more about the project or to keep up with the construction progress, go to Main2Main.com.

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January 14, 2014

John S Wilder Rebuild Tennessee Award

John S Wilder Rebuild Tennessee Award - Jackson Walk received the John S Wilder Rebuild Tennessee Award, presented by the Tennessee Development District Association and the Southwest Tennessee Development District.

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January 10, 2014

A Look at the Chisca Hotel Design

Memphis Business Journal - Remediation and renovations have begun, converting the historic Hotel Chisca into a 159-unit apartment building with ground floor commercial space. With an expected 18 months for completion, here's a look at the proposed design drawings and renderings.

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