Rob Norcross was awarded the Francis Gassner Award on Wednesday night at the annual AIA Memphis awards gala. Established in 1977 to commemorate extraordinary architect, Francis P. Gassner, FAIA, the Gassner Award honors an architect for outstanding contributions to the quality of the built environment in Memphis. Rob’s vast experience and unique abilities helped him in leading diverse teams to design some of the most distinctive and significant projects in Memphis over the past 30 years. Rob’s influence on Memphis can be seen in the following examples: FedEx World Technology Center, AutoZone Corporate Headquarters, AutoZone Park, Memphis Ballpark District, FedEx Forum, University of Memphis Men’s Basketball Training Center, Soulsville Charter School and Multipurpose Building, Memphis Rox, Central Station renovation, and the transformation of the Renasant Convention Center. Congratulations, Rob!
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.
We are thrilled to announce two LRK-designed projects are winners of 2020 Metamorphosis Awards. Orion Federal Credit Union Headquarters received an Honorable Mention in the Adaptive Reuse category, while The Hill received an Honorable Mention in the Exterior category. Sponsored by retrofit magazine, the competition honors outstanding work retrofitting commercial, industrial, and institutional buildings. Winners will be featured in the November-December issue of retrofit magazine.
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.
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.
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.
The design ideas competition focuses on contemporary issues that impact our lives both locally and nationally and is meant to serve as a tool that prompts intense thinking and tough discussion on how design can help mitigate crises.
Danielle and Jessica used their differing skills in architecture and landscape architecture as well as their overlapping interests in public space, equity, and social justice to design a winning entry. Their design envisions an Urban Cleanliness Park as a community anchor during times of normalcy yet has the capacity to become a source of stability during periods of uncertainty. With themes of resiliency, community, and sustainability, the park provides opportunities for recreation and resources for all East Austinites. Read more about their design and view their presentation here.
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.
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. It is because of this responsibility that we continue to take a broader look at what sustainability means - a holistic view. We take pride in over 30 years of environmental stewardship and expertise, with sustainable services ranging from design and consultation for various sustainability rating programs (LEED, Energy Star, WELL, Fitwel, NGBS, Passive House, Net Zero, Green Globes), to on-site verification and maintaining accountability of construction practices, sustainable neighborhood development planning, and life cycle/ROI studies. The work we do builds upon the same principles we established in 1983: we are always conscious of and always striving for environmental excellence.
LRK's Green Group has continued to promote sustainable initiatives while away from the office. Our eight offices observed Earth Day by sharing images of how they and their families are practicing sustainability at home. Pictured is the photo contest winner, Associate Sophorn Olsen and her son composting this spring.
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.”
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.