The Market at Meadowbrook Opens for Business
Kansas City Business Journal – The Kansas City Business Journal offers a peek inside the Market at Meadowbrook in the recently opened Inn at Meadowbrook. Located within 136-acre master planned Meadowbrook Park in Prairie Village, Kansas, LRK provided architectural and interior design services for both the Market, Verbena Restaurant, and the Inn at Meadowbrook as well as planning for the entire Meadowbrook Park development.
Architects Cope with COVID-19 Implications
While the world tries to find a semblance of “normal,” many architects are searching for ways to stay productive, maintain and establish new relationships, and help the communities where we live, work, and (used to) play. In this climate, we must reconsider our role as a bystander and leverage the broad array of tools that we, as designers, are able to offer. LRK Associate Alex Bruce shares his thoughts on how the profession will cope in a post-COVID environment.
Wiseacre's New Brewery is a Whimsical Hi-Tech Wonder
Memphis Flyer – The Memphis Flyer offers an inside glimpse at the progress within Wiseacre’s new downtown brewery. With a planned opening later this summer (if certain COVID-19 restrictions are lifted), Wiseacre’s state-of-the-art facility is both whimsical and high tech and a “dream-come-true” for co-founders Davin Bartosch and Kellan Bartosch. LRK is pleased to have provided architectural and interior design services for the brewery.
A South Bluffs Home with Stunning River Views
StyleBlueprint – Located in South Bluffs, this LRK-designed home employs a simple, clean design that complements its stunning Mississippi River views. An abundance of glass windows and doors allows the indoor and outdoor spaces to merge. Great care was taken to balance the beautiful amount of natural light with the need for privacy and the ability to withstand the harsh afternoon sun. Principal Carson Looney designed the first home in South Bluffs over 25 years ago and now with the completion of this home, the last in the neighborhood. Looney says, “It was neat to do the first home (and many more over the years), as well as the last.”
LRK-Designed Projects Recipients of Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Awards
Two LRK-designed projects are recipients of a 2020 Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Award. The Governor’s Environmental Stewardship Awards program recognizes outstanding voluntary actions that improve or protect our environment and natural resources through projects or initiatives not required by law or regulation. FedExFamilyHouse was honored in the Building Green category and Crosstown Concourse was recognized with a Pursuit of Excellence Award, an accolade that recognizes past award winners who continue to demonstrate a high regard for environmental stewardship. Governor Bill Lee said “Tennesseans continue to show their commitment to the environment in innovative ways, and we want to recognize their outstanding efforts. These awards show that responsible environmental stewardship is happening across our state.”
3 Keys to Successfully Renovating Retail Centers
Commercial Construction & Renovation – With the recent renovation of The Hill Shopping Center in Dallas offering a blueprint for the transformation of underutilized and abandoned shopping centers, LRK Principals Frank Ricks and Craig Henry share their design tips in an article featured in Commercial Construction & Renovation. Ricks and Henry suggest creating “ah ha” moments, incorporating local art, interesting materials, and zoned color palettes to help create strong visual identity. To be financially viable, they also suggest preserving and enhancing versus demolishing and replacing. Ricks and Henry also advise a strong focus on tenant brand identity, while ensuring overall site consistency.
Memphis Welcomes the Central Station Hotel
At Home Memphis & MidSouth - This article features the Central Station Hotel, a Curio Collection by Hilton property, which recently opened in Downtown Memphis. Situated in the renovated historic Central Station, this boutique hotel offers light-filled interiors highlighting mid-century modern furniture. Guest rooms feature large windows and tall ceilings with spectacular views of Downtown, while the hotel’s restaurant, Bishop, and the Eight & Sand bar anchor the ground floor. A rotating playlist of Memphis connected music resonates throughout the hotel—from public areas, including the restaurant and bar and an exclusive, sound-proof Listening Lounge, to guestrooms, each with its own handcrafted sound system.
Meadowbrook Park Featured in Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal - Meadowbrook Park was recently featured in an article that focuses on the transformation of many of the country’s golf courses into master planned developments. As golf’s popularity wanes, these popular developments replace golf with mixed-use communities featuring restaurants, mircrobreweries, retail, amenities such as lakes, hiking and biking trails, and plenty of diverse recreational opportunities. Today, 136-acre Meadowbrook Park features an 84-acre public park with an activity center, sledding hill, adventure playground, single family homes, apartments, senior-living units, and a boutique hotel with supporting restaurant. LRK provided planning, architecture, and interior design services for Meadowbrook Park.
A Home Office That Really Works
Daily Memphian – Principal Carson Looney is quoted in this article about how our experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic are shaping our insights into what a home office should be. When designing the New American Home for the International Builder’s Show in 1993, Looney had to lobby the committee to design a 7-by-8-foot home office with a window and door instead of a 3-foot built-in kitchen desk. He won the argument and the home office was a hit. Ever since, Looney has advocated for functional home-office space, whether designing for a high-end custom home or an apartment. The article also contains Carson’s checklist of components that help a home office function well.
See Inside Wiseacre’s New Downtown Brewery
Memphis Business Journal - Wiseacre’s new downtown brewery is now in test mode and the Memphis Business Journal offers a sneak peak inside. The 40,000-square-foot brewery features a modern design and an optimal location near downtown landmarks, such as Central BBQ, Beale Street, the National Civil Rights Museum, and FedExForum.
Seazen Rocky Point Featured as a BALA Multifamily Home of the Week
Best in American Living - NAHB’s Best in American Living featured Seazen Rocky Point as one of their Multifamily Homes of the Week after winning the BALA Gold Award earlier this year. The property features 700 feet of shoreline that includes a boardwalk, waterfront courtyards, and a 33-slip marina.
Long Distance: Why LRK Was Prepared to Work Remotely
Memphis Business Journal - Article spotlights how with eight offices spread around the country, LRK’s culture has necessitated working and collaborating long distance for years. “We’ve worked long distance for virtually the entire life of the firm,” said Frank Ricks, a founding principal of LRK. “It’s been three decades of learning to be nimble, mobile, and collaborative. … It’s become part of our culture to adapt.”
At Your Service: LRK Remains Fully Operational
To Our Valued Clients, Partners, and Friends,
We are committed to moving your projects forward and remaining on-track. Now, more than ever, we are putting our adaptability to work for you.
Effective today, our employees nationwide have transitioned to working remotely. We have suspended all non-essential travel to do our part during this unprecedented COVID-19 period. Our priority is the health and well-being of our employees, their families, our clients, and greater communities.
Our forward-thinking investment in technology, which has allowed our eight U.S. offices to collaborate seamlessly as one firm, has now grown to connect close to 130 virtual at-home offices. LRK’s technology infrastructure ensures both the capacity and capabilities to continue to serve as your trusted and reliable architects, planners, and designers.
You may reach your LRK contact at any time through email or by phone. Although our doors will be closed, our switchboard will be open and calls will be routed as they have in the past. Never hesitate to give us a call.
Thank you for your patience and partnership as we navigate—and move forward—together. We value you and your business.
On Behalf of LRK's Leadership,
Frank Ricks, FAIA, LEED AP
The Rise Apartments Near Completion in the Edge
Memphis Business Journal - Memphis’ Edge District will welcome new residents later this month. The 199-unit Rise apartments joins neighbors Orion as the Edge continues to gain momentum.
FedEx Logistics Wins MBJ Best Real Estate Deal of the Year
The Memphis Business Journal celebrated the second-annual Best Real Estate Deal (BRED) awards Tuesday, March 3, at The Cadre. Winners were named in hotel, industrial, mixed-use, office, residential, and restaurant/retail categories and an overall Deal of the Year was also announced. Projects were selected because of the complexity of the real estate deal as well as the potential for positive community impact. The LRK-designed FedEx Logistics Headquarters was winner of the office category as well as recipient of Deal of the Year.
A Vertical Urban Village in Memphis
Forbes—Crosstown Concourse was recently featured in Forbes as “the most interesting adapted use project in America.” The article detailed the extensive process of turning the dilapidated Sears center into a vertical urban village. With inspiration from Todd Richardson and Christopher Miner, the creators of Crosstown Arts, and cooperation from the building owner Stanley Cates, the plan for a contemporary arts center emerged. Extensive funding was required to pull off this innovative design idea, but Crosstown now boasts a large community of artists, medical practitioners, students, and teachers. Crosstown Concourse is home to multiple restaurants, Crosstown Arts, Church Health, CBU, Memphis Teacher Residency, and many other community-based organizations. The upper floors also include 265 apartments with over 500 residents including St. Jude families receiving treatment, Ph.D. residents, teachers in training, and artist fellows. The open atriums with cascading staircases bring together the community in a place of adapted reuse to work, learn, exercise, eat, and enjoy the arts.
The Lake District, In Progress
StyleBlueprint—With construction officially underway, the Lake District is coming to life. Plans call for an upscale, walkable, mixed-use town around a lake. With Phase I scheduled to finish in time for the 2020 holidays, the Main Street and inline retail designs will provide a unique shopping experience that focuses on socialization and convenience. Designed with intentionality, the Lake District creates an atmosphere of sophistication and community. LRK provided architectural and master planning services for the development.
Central Station Hotel Wins Big at Building Memphis Awards
Memphis Business Journal—South Main’s Central Station Hotel received two awards at the 2020 Building Memphis celebration held at the Memphis Botanic Gardens on February 13. Most significant was Project of the Year, recognizing the hotel for its excellence in development and integration into the community. Central Station Hotel also took home the award of Best Renovation-Large, rewarding its successful transition into a Hilton Curio Collection. LRK, in association with Bounds & Gillespie Architects, provided architectural services for the renovation.
Cadieux-Smith Selected to ULI’s Health Leaders Network
Urban Land Magazine—LRK is proud to announce that Rogean Cadieux-Smith, a healthcare architect and planner, has been selected to participate in the third cohort of the Urban Land Institute’s Health Leaders Network. The Network recognizes professionals who have improved health outcomes in their practices and communities through innovative knowledge and skills. Cadieux-Smith will join the other 28 members in Detroit in April for an introductory meeting where she will present on her projects and attend webinars to expand her knowledge. The official meeting will take place at the 2020 ULI Fall Meeting in San Francisco, CA.
Ricks Speaker at ULI Louisiana Emerging Trends Conference
Urban Land Institute Louisiana - LRK is proud to announce that founding principal Frank Ricks is a keynote speaker at ULI Louisiana’s Emerging Trends Conference being held today at Tulane University in New Orleans. Frank will be sharing about Crosstown Concourse and its world-wide recognition as a vertical urban village that incorporates art, education, health, and wellness. Crosstown Concourse’s unique design that required extensive creative and adaptive reuse solutions has made it a model for future redevelopment projects and has aided in the project’s success in winning awards, such as the Grand Prize by the Congress for the New Urbanism.
Lake District Breaking Ground
Commercial Appeal - After four years of planning, the Lake District breaks ground on February 5th in Lakeland, Tennessee. On a 160-acre site worth $300 million, the project ranks as the second-largest residential and retail project in metropolitan Memphis. This urban village located in the far corner of Shelby County will consist of retail and residential areas separated by a man-made lake. Construction during Phase I of the project will include 109 townhomes, a hotel near I-40, and over 140,000 square feet of retail shops, restaurants, offices, and entertainment facilities. Phase II is expected to begin in two years and will consist of a lakefront boutique hotel, 25,000 square feet of restaurant space, 396 apartments above the retail shops, 171 single-family homes, and 75,000 additional square feet of corporate office space.
Crosstown Concourse Achieves Highest Fitwel Certification
Storyboard Memphis—Crosstown Concourse, an LRK designed project, achieved the highest level of Fitwel certification of three stars. LRK’s Rogean Cadieux-Smith, a Fitwel ambassador, stated, “This program has not only proven but also promoted the broader vision of Crosstown Concourse, which is community wellness.” Consisting of education, medical, and exercise facilities, Crosstown Concourse has become a gathering place for the greater Memphis community. As the first architect in Memphis to be a certified Fitwel ambassador, Cadieux-Smith is leading programs to train her fellow LRK coworkers to focus on active design and Fitwel for their current and future projects.
Affordable Artist Studios at Kreate Hub Philly Set to Open in March
Billy Penn – After two years of major renovation work, the former Thomas Powers School (ca. 1899) in the River Wards neighborhood of Philadelphia is set to welcome makers of all creative trades this spring. In addition to affordable spaces for artists, the three-story Kreate Hub Philly will include conference rooms, lounges, and outdoor deck, and gallery space. LRK provided architectural design services for this 40,000 square-foot project.
An Architect Gives Memphis Shape
Daily Memphian - A principal at LRK since 1999, Rob Norcross will retire at the end of January. “Rob Norcross’s vision is in the Memphis we see today, and that vision has helped set the standards for the Memphis we hope to see tomorrow,” says Dan Conaway. Rob has been instrumental in shaping the city of Memphis with projects such as South City, the Central Station renovation, AutoZone Park, FedExForum, and the FedEx World Technology Center in Collierville. Thank you to Rob for his dedication to the architectural profession, to LRK, and to every person he’s mentored along the way.
AutoZone Headquarters Expansion
Daily Memphian - AutoZone applied for a construction permit this week to expand their downtown headquarters to include the renovation of 139-year-old, historic brick buildings located across the street from their current offices. LRK is providing architectural services for the renovation and they also provided design services for AutoZone’s corporate headquarters, completed in 1996.
Convention Center Renovation Named One to Watch in 2020
Trade Show News Network – The Renasant Convention Center was listed as one of six convention center updates and expansion to watch in 2020. Every square inch of the facility will be touched by this project, including meeting spaces embracing river and skyline views, new outdoor terraces, glass-enclosed concourses, pre-function space, and 46 breakout meeting rooms. LRK is providing architecture design services for the renovation.
Seazen at Rocky Point Receives Gold Best in American Living Award
Best in American Living Awards - ZOM Living’s Seazen Rocky Point received a national award in the Multifamily Development (4-7 stories, for rent) category from the Best in American Living Awards. Winners were announced Wednesday, January 22, 2020 during the annual NAHB International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas. Judges praised Seazen at Rocky Point’s “dog spa, the beautiful view, the details, and the workout room. They noted the hammock row, the wood detail, the tall ceilings, and the shower and bathroom.” LRK provided architectural design for the project.
Crosstown Among First to Certify with Fitwel® Community
Center for Active Design - The Center for Active Design (CfAD), operator of the Fitwel Certification System, has announced the certification of four trailblazing projects through Fitwel Community, a cutting-edge, evidence-based standard for optimizing holistic health benefits at the neighborhood scale. While nine projects around the country were selected to participate in the Fitwel pilot program, four unique developments—including Crosstown Concourse—emerged as leaders in piloting the Fitwel Community Scorecard to achieve certification.
Seazen at Rocky Point and The McKenzie Recognized at Pillars of the Industry Awards
Pillars of the Industry Awards - Seazen Rocky Point was recognized at the Pillars of the Industry Awards ceremony Tuesday, January 21st at the International Builders’ Show. Seazen Rocky Point was a finalist in the Best Mid-Rise Apartment Community (6 to 9 stories) category. In addition, Streetlights Residential’s The McKenzie won an award for Best Interior Merchandising of a Common Area. Interior design was provided by Waldrop Nichols and Streetlights Creative Studio, while LRK provided architectural services.
Centennial Park District Flourishing in Downtown Atlanta
Atlanta Business Chronicle – The Centennial Park District in downtown Atlanta has undergone major redevelopment over the past decade to create an “amenity-rich place for visitors to land.” The district has expanded its boundaries to include many restaurants and attractions such as the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the Center for Civil and Human Rights, and the Georgia World Congress Center. Current projects consist of 4,000 new hotel rooms, bike paths, revamped pedestrian pathways, and apartment buildings, including the LRK-designed Post Centennial Park (438 units).
LRK Principals to Present at NAHB International Builders' Show
LRK Principals Mark Jones and Mike Sullivan will speak at the NAHB International Builders’ Show (IBS) next week in Las Vegas.
Mark’s panel, “What’s Next in Single Family Architecture,” will discuss leading design trends, innovations in attainability, and architectural opportunities that can help convert Millennial renters into homebuyers and motivate other age groups into buying new. The session seeks to look beyond the trends and discuss what’s coming up in single family housing.
Mike and fellow panelists will present “From Stacked Flats to Live-Work Units: Innovations in Attached & Multifamily Housing” and Examine design options for maximizing density in areas that are zoned for lower density and development. The session explores innovative approaches that are being used to develop low- to medium-density multifamily and attached housing in today’s market.
LRK Receives TopID Award from NEWH
LRK is honored to have received a TopID award given by the NEWH Memphis/Mid-South Region. A firm’s quality design work in the hospitality industry, along with membership and support provided their NEWH chapter/region, are considered in the selection process.
LRK-Designed Projects Named Building Memphis Finalists
Memphis Business Journal - We're delighted to have been involved with six of the projects that have been named 2020 Building Memphis finalists: Arcade Restaurant, Orion FCU Headquarters, Central Station Hotel, The Commonwealth, The Citizen, and Cooper Street Apartments. An awards reception will be held Feb. 13th at Memphis Botanic Garden to announce the winners.
Parcels at Crosstown Featured as Community of the Week
Best in American Living - The Parcels at Crosstown is featured as one of Best in American Living’s Communities of the Week. The Parcels at Crosstown, the residential component of Crosstown Concourse, comprises more than 300,000 sf and 265 apartments on the seventh through 10th floors. Significant design focus was exerted on infusing light throughout deep floor plates and creating a vibrant, authentic, and equitable community. A Silver Award winner in last year’s design competition, Best in American Living judges commented “This is a big ‘wow!’ The windows are fantastic, and it is very cool how the project team carved out the center of the former Sears distribution center for an atrium.”