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December 21, 2020

Little Bettie Opens in Wiseacre Brewery

Daily Memphian - Little Bettie, the long-awaited pizza eatery by restaurant veterans Andy Ticer and Michael Hudman, opened last week in the new downtown Wiseacre Brewery. Jennifer Biggs of the Daily Memphian writes that “the space, first of all, is massive and impressive. A wall of windows stretches along the front, and inside, the ceiling in the tap room soars 40-plus feet. Port holes along one wall allow a clear view into the room where the magic happens, where the beer is brewed in big stainless vats.” LRK provided design services for Wiseacre Brewery.

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December 17, 2020

Celestial Lighting Design for Orion Federal Credit Union Headquarters

A-Light – The LRK-designed Orion Federal Credit Union Headquarters was recently featured in a profile on architectural lighting company A-Light’s website. LRK utilized the existing concrete floors and walls, open ceiling, and ductwork in the rehabilitation of an old Wonder Bread bakery for the company’s new headquarters. With large industrial windows on four sides, natural light was abundant, giving an opportunity for extra creativity with the lighting design. Playing with the company’s name (calling to mind Orion’s Belt and shooting stars), the imaginative lighting helps to establish a “striking celestial work environment.“

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December 14, 2020

LRK Named Top Workplace for Fourth Year

The Commercial Appeal - LRK has been named to The Commercial Appeal’s list of 2020 Top Workplaces in the small business category. It is LRK’s 4th year in a row to be honored! The Commercial Appeal partners with Energage, an employee research and culture technology firm, to determine Memphis’ top workplaces based solely on employee survey feedback. In an unprecedented year, when the pandemic has forced companies of all sizes to pivot and redefine the workplace, LRK is deeply honored and humbled to be recognized.

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November 20, 2020

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.

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November 17, 2020

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.

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November 16, 2020

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.

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November 10, 2020

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.  

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November 9, 2020

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.

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November 5, 2020

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 ParkMemphis 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! 

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November 4, 2020

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.

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November 4, 2020

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. 

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October 30, 2020

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.

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October 27, 2020

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.

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October 26, 2020

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.

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October 21, 2020

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.

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October 21, 2020

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.

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October 19, 2020

Orion FCU Headquarters and The Hill Winners of Metamorphosis Awards

We are thrilled to announce two LRK-designed projects are winners of 2020 Metamorphosis AwardsOrion 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.

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October 14, 2020

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.

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October 13, 2020

Lifestyle Communities Unveils Plans for Mixed-Use Neighborhood

Columbus Business Journal - Developer Lifestyle Communities recently unveiled plans for a 37-acre, walkable, mixed-use community in Worthington, Ohio. The community includes 540 apartments, 166 townhomes, 24 single family homes, 60,000 square feet of commercial space, 25,000 square feet of medical office, and a five-story parking garage. The developer’s application to the city comments that “a critical mass of density and mix of uses creates vibrancy and supports the 'live, work, play' environments that attract young professionals, active adults and empty nesters alike.” As the land is surrounded by single family neighborhoods on three sides, great care was taken to integrate the design with the surrounding neighborhoods. LRK is the architect for the project.

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October 13, 2020

Healthy Building, Healthy People

The Conveyor This week’s Crosstown Concourse newsletter takes a look at the ways the building promotes physical and mental wellness and the unseen network of environmentally friendly infrastructure that promotes the health and vitality of our planet.

“Crosstown has the infrastructure and the outdoor spaces, the shared mission of getting people to move within the space and congregate, coupled with cultural, educational, and health programming,” said LRK’s Rogean Cadieux-Smith who led the efforts for Crosstown’s Fitwel certification. Read more.

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October 6, 2020

Breathing Life Into Voids Through Artistic Expression and Community Outreach

On Wednesday, October 7th, LRK’s Lauren Tolbert will moderate a virtual panel on adaptive reuse architecture called “Breathing Life Into Voids Through Artistic Expression and Community Outreach.” Part of the first annual Memphis Art & Design (MAD) Week, the focus of the eight-day event is to work with community leaders and artists to remove barriers and ensure equitable access to the exploration of art and design. Enjoy this trailer video that was collaboratively developed for the panel. Special thanks to New Ballet Ensemble & School, Memphis Jookin, and IMAKEMADBEATS.

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September 30, 2020

Mobility Center Planned for Downtown Memphis

LRK is working with the Downtown Memphis Commission to design a mobility center at the corner of Peabody Avenue and Front Street that will include a parking garage and bike station. This unique intersection links the city’s entertainment, sports, commercial, and residential amenities and will tie together the vibrant fabric of downtown.

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September 29, 2020

Crosstown Serves as Working Example of Trane’s “Connected Building” Concept

Trane Technologies – With HVAC demand expected to triple by 2050, Trane explains that connected buildings that utilize digital controls will play a crucial role in ongoing efficient energy management and sustainable building operations.

Crosstown Concourse includes more than 1,200 pieces of connected equipment and about 100 energy meters installed throughout the building. All were utilized to optimize daily operations, track and bill tenant energy use, troubleshoot issues, establish scheduling and make setpoint changes.

To date, Crosstown Concourse’s energy costs and carbon emissions – driven by advanced, real-time analytics – have reduced 3 percent year-over-year since the building’s 2017 re-opening. The facility is on track to save $760,000 in annual utility costs and 8,400 tons of carbon emissions per year compared to the LEED baseline. These savings and efficiencies will help power community growth for generations to come.

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September 25, 2020

Seven LRK-Involved Communities Appear on RCLCO’s list of Top-Selling Master-Planned Communities Mid-Year Report

RCLCO – Every year since 1994, RCLCO has conducted a national survey identifying the top-selling master-planned communities (MPCs) through a rigorous search of high-performing communities in each state. Each year they report total year-end sales among the Top-50 communities at the beginning of the new year, as well as publish this mid-year report. Seven communities where LRK provided planning, design guidelines, architectural, or town architect services appear on this year’s mid-year report. These include Lakewood Ranch in Sarasota, Fla., Bridgeland in Cypress, Texas, Lake Nona in Orlando, Fla., Pecan Square in Northlake, Texas, Union Park in Addison, Texas, Babcock Ranch in Punta Gorda, Fla., and Bexley in Land O’ Lakes, Fla.

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September 25, 2020

Two LRK-designed Projects Win Dallas Business Journal Best Real Estate Deal Awards

Dallas Business Journal – LRK is pleased to announce The Hamilton has been named a winner in Dallas Business Journal's Best Real Estate Deals of 2020 in the Urban Multifamily category. Playing homage to Deep Ellum’s long artistic history, The Hamilton features commissioned artwork from local artists. Pecan Square, one of Hillwood Communities’ newest developments, also won for Best Single Family Development. Since the model homes opened last fall, builders have sold over 275 homes. Winners were announced virtually on September 23rd.

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September 21, 2020

Excitement for The Lake District Grows as Townhome Plans are Presented

Daily Memphian – Potential homebuyers got a first look at floor plans for townhomes at The Willows of The Lake, part of the $400 million Lake District in Lakeland, Tenn. The Lake District will eventually have a population of about 2,000 people and is the largest development project underway in Shelby County.

Townhomes will range from 1,636 square-feet to 1,816 square-feet and will feature spacious kitchens, high ceilings, private courtyards, garages, and golf cart parking.

The first business at The Lake District, Starbucks, will open before year’s end and many others are scheduled to open next spring.

 “Lakeland really needs this,” said Lakeland Mayor Mike Cunningham. “This will be the beacon for Lakeland.”

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September 21, 2020

LRK Presents Plans to Enhance Collierville’s Town Square

Daily Memphian – LRK’s Carson Looney and Victor Buchholz presented ideas for a three-story, 300-space parking garage and 53-room bed-and-breakfast or a boutique hotel with some retail near Collierville’s Town Square.

Carson noted the potential of the square, adding that the project would keep drawing visitors for generations to come. “This could be a catalyst for the square,” he said, “tons of opportunity.”

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September 18, 2020

LRK's Sophorn Kuoy Olsen and Lauren Tolbert Featured in Exhibit of Diverse Designers

LRK Associate Sophorn Kuoy Olsen and Architectural Designer Lauren Tolbert have been featured in Beyond the Built Environment’s SAY IT LOUD exhibition. The exhibition features projects by diverse design professionals and interviews on their experiences in the architecture and design professions. Sophorn’s featured project is the Orion Federal Credit Union Headquarters and Lauren’s featured project is Crosstown Concourse, both in Memphis, Tenn.

See Sophorn's exhibition work here, and Lauren's work here.

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September 17, 2020

LRK's Rogean Cadieux-Smith Joins Panel on Community Health Disparities

LRK’s Rogean Cadieux-Smith, AIA, EDAC, fitwel ambassador, joins a panel of community health professionals and industry leaders who will share tools, techniques, and new approaches to transform strategies and efforts to close the gaps in underlying health disparities heightened by the “new normal.” As a practitioner focused in wellness and resiliency, Rogean will share her perspective on the evolving role of planning and urban design to build equity and strengthen communities. Organized by Bass River Advisors, the virtual panel will be held on September 18th.

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September 16, 2020

Bruner Foundation's In-depth Case Study on Crosstown Concourse Published

In 2019, Crosstown Concourse was honored to receive the prestigious Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence (Gold Medal). The Bruner Foundation's in-depth case study on the Concourse project was recently released to the public. Read the full study here: Crosstown Concourse Case Study.

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August 26, 2020

LRK’s Eli Storch to Lead Philadelphia’s Design Advocacy Group

Associate Eli Storch has been named Chair of Philadelphia’s Design Advocacy Group (DAG). DAG is a public forum and advocate for design quality and equity in the planning, architecture, preservation, and physical development of Philadelphia. Please take a moment to read Eli’s letter to DAG’s more than 1,600 members here.

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August 21, 2020

LRK’s Danielle Lake’s Design Receives Award from AIA Austin

Urban Designer Danielle Lake and Landscape Designer Jessica Arias of Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects (MNLA) in New York were awarded first place for their design concept for Tillery Park (Urban Cleanliness Park Scenario) in AIA Austin’s Force-Majeure competition.

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August 13, 2020

LRK's Krissy Buck Flickinger Becomes Memphis' First NGBS Green Verifier

LRK Associate Krissy Buck Flickinger recently became the Memphis area’s only NGBS Green Verifier. NGBS Green Verifiers serve as independent, in-field representatives of Home Innovation Research Lab's National Green Building Standard, a green building certification program. Verifiers work with builder/developer/remodeler/architect clients to guide them through the certification process and perform rough and final inspections of the projects seeking certification.

Since her certification, Krissy’s qualifications resulted in her being hired as the third-party Green Verifier for the construction of a prominent midrise residential development in Memphis.

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August 13, 2020

The Hamilton Named Finalist for Dallas Business Journal's Best Real Estate Deals

Dallas Business Journal The Hamilton has been named a finalist for Dallas Business Journal's Best Real Estate Deals of 2020 in the Urban Multifamily category. LRK is honored to be a member of the project team. Winners will be announced virtually on September 22nd and 23rd.

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August 10, 2020

Watertower District Planned for Walkability

Memphis Business Journal – Watertower District, a new development within Collierville’s Shilling Farms neighborhood, is being planned around a central park with walkability a key component. The first phase will feature 256 rental units in a mix of townhouses, duplexes, and three-story buildings with elevators. Future phases will contain additional residential, office, retail, and potentially a hotel. Construction is expected to begin in second quarter of 2021.

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August 7, 2020

Union Row Rebranded as The Walk on Union

Daily Memphian - Union Row, the redevelopment of a 29-acre blighted section of downtown Memphis, has been rebranded as The Walk on Union, reflective of its vison to create a walkable urban community. Developer Kevin Adams said of the location, “We’ve got so many great things people do. You don’t have to get in your car, from the park on the river, to the (AutoZone Park) baseball field, to the FedExForum and everything else we have.” The first $741 million phase of the mixed-use project will comprise 75,270 square feet of retail, 1,168 apartments, 403,544 square feet of offices, including high tech innovation labs, four hotels totaling 575 guest rooms, structured parking for 2,841 spaces, and a park or green space. Construction is set to start first quarter of 2021.

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August 5, 2020

Church Health Featured in Healthcare Construction + Operations

Healthcare Construction + Operations – Church Health was recently featured in the article, “Patient-Focused Design Turns Former Distribution Center into Healthcare Village.” The article focuses on the challenges and solutions of consolidating 13 separate Church Health facilities under one roof at the historic Crosstown building, creating a patient-centered, welcoming environment that promotes wellness, and improving staff efficiency and communication.

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August 3, 2020

LRK Tops List of Memphis-Area LEED Professionals

Memphis Business Journal – LRK ranks highest on the MBJ’s list of LEED accredited professionals with 16 local employees, highlighting our commitment and responsibility to serve our communities and our clients by delivering quality designs that meet both environmental and budgetary goals, but also create a sense of place and meaning for those who experience them. 

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July 27, 2020

First Look Inside the Hamilton at The Epic

D Magazine – The first tenants of The Hamilton at The Epic in the Deep Ellum neighborhood of Dallas began moving in earlier this year. LRK was the architect for the 26-story luxury high-rise that includes 310 units, 11,000 sf of shared amenities, and 23,000 sf of retail. Check out new images of the project here.

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June 29, 2020

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.  

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June 12, 2020

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. 

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June 10, 2020

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.

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June 5, 2020

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.”

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June 4, 2020

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.”  

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May 26, 2020

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.

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May 6, 2020

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. 

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May 5, 2020

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.

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April 27, 2020

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.

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April 21, 2020

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.

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April 2, 2020

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. 

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March 19, 2020

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.”

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March 18, 2020

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

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March 13, 2020

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. 

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March 4, 2020

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.

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March 2, 2020

A Vertical Urban Village in Memphis

ForbesCrosstown 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.

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February 28, 2020

The Lake District, In Progress

StyleBlueprintWith 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.

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February 14, 2020

Central Station Hotel Wins Big at Building Memphis Awards

Memphis Business JournalSouth 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.

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February 7, 2020

Cadieux-Smith Selected to ULI’s Health Leaders Network

Urban Land MagazineLRK 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.

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February 6, 2020

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.

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February 5, 2020

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.  

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February 5, 2020

Crosstown Concourse Achieves Highest Fitwel Certification

Storyboard MemphisCrosstown 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.

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January 31, 2020

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.  

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January 31, 2020

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.

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January 30, 2020

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.

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January 28, 2020

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.

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January 23, 2020

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. 

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January 22, 2020

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.

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January 22, 2020

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.

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January 20, 2020

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).

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January 13, 2020

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.

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January 7, 2020

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.

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January 6, 2020

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.

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January 2, 2020

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.”

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