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LRK Named a 2022 Top Workplace

The Commercial Appeal – LRK is excited to be ranked number five on The Commercial Appeal’s list of 2022 Top Workplaces in the small business category. Frank Ricks also received a Leadership Award at the celebratory Top Workplace event held at Hilton Memphis on December 15th. For the 10th year, The Commercial Appeal partnered with Energage, an employee research and culture technology firm, to identify outstanding workplaces in the Memphis metro area. “Employers have been forced to focus harder than ever to retain and attract talent amid the disruption of the business environment during the COVID pandemic. Top Workplaces celebrates the employers that are getting it right,” said Bob Helbig with Energage. This is the first time that LRK has been featured as both a MBJ Best Places to Work and Commercial Appeal Top Workplace in the same year.  

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LRK Projects Featured in Retrofit Magazine

retrofit - LRK is honored to have three projects featured in the November-December issue of retrofit magazine that focuses on the 4th annual Metamorphosis Awards. Kreate Hub Philly was recognized as the 3rd place winner in the Adaptive Reuse category, The Commonwealth won Honorable Mention in the Mixed-Use category, and the Renasant Convention Center won 4th place in the Whole Building category.

Jurors commenting on the Renasant Convention Center said, “I gasped at the before-and-after for this project. Projects of this scale are rare and often transformational on a civic scale. Modernization of the envelope is dramatic, and daylighting the concourse/meeting rooms is a highly valuable move toward the psychology of conference participants. The project’s ability to reconnect with the river shows tactful urban design, especially with the remaining interstate adjacency.”

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Residences at La Cantera Featured in Urban Land Magazine

Urban Land - The LRK-designed project, Residences at La Cantera, was recently featured in Urban Land magazine in the article, “The Worth of Water: Becoming Water Wise in an Era of Scarcity.” With water scarcity, population growth, and water quality issues greatly affecting real estate markets and affordability, developers and land use professionals have an increasingly significant role to play in promoting water conservation, efficiency, and reuse. The Residences at La Cantera in San Antonio features a drought-tolerant landscaping strategy centered around the community’s 1.5-acre park. Native and drought-tolerant plants were installed and mulched landscape beds at least four inches deep help retain moisture. Roof runoff and air conditioning condensate are collected in a 10,000-gallon cistern and the accumulated water is used to irrigate the park and renew pond water. The owner estimates this approach provides an annual savings of $8,840 in water costs and $500,000 added asset value in addition to helping protect future water supplies.

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The Marine Residence Honored with Best of the South: Preserving Southern Architecture Award

We are honored to announce The Marine Residence has been selected as the winner of the 2022 Best of the South: Preserving Southern Architecture Award, sponsored by the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH). The award will be announced at SESAH’s annual conference in Memphis on November 4th at an awards luncheon held at the 1927 Kress Building. The SESAH awards committee stated, “the rehabilitation and restoration of this unique structure illustrates your team’s ability to bring an important historic structure back to life through creative problem solving while still maintaining defining historic characteristics.”

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LRK Nationally Ranked by Engineering News Record for Mixed-Use Work

In addition to being ranked #476 in Engineering New Record’s (ENR) Top 500 Design Firms list, the firm was listed #20 in the Mixed-Use category of ENR’s Sourcebook Market Guide.  The Top 500 Design Firms Sourcebook ranks U.S.-based firms in almost 60 separate market and submarket sectors.  These lists allow design firms to demonstrate activity in particular areas of expertise.

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The Flats at Tioga Town Center Winner of NAA Excellence Award

LRK is pleased to announce the Flats at Tioga Town Center recently won a 2022 NAA Excellence Award in the Large Community of the Year category. The Flats at Tioga Town Center complete the town’s mixed-use public square with 12,000 square feet of ground floor retail/restaurants, 144 apartments, and a clubroom with an adjacent outdoor party space and pool building. LRK’s design pulls from Central Florida vernacular architecture, with a brick first floor, clapboard siding above, standing seam metal roofing, and tower elements with spacious balconies. As part of the Town Center, the residents have access to a full-service fitness center and miles of greenways and recreational trails that weave into the neighborhoods of the town. The NAA Excellence Awards recognize excellence and leadership in the rental housing industry.

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Benjamin L. Hooks Library Featured As Nation’s Most Innovative Public Library

Smithsonian Magazine – The Smithsonian Magazine recently featured the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library as the nation’s most innovative public library. While many cities have reduced library budgets as digital technology has become more dominant, Memphis has chosen instead to invest in their libraries and attendance in library programs has quadrupled in the last six years. Successful libraries across the country are embracing libraries as community centers. LRK designed Cloud901, prominently featured in the article, and provided architectural and interior design services for the overall Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library.

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Meadowbrook Park Featured in CNU’s Public Square

Public Square – The LRK-designed Meadowbrook Park was recently featured in CNU’s journal, Public Square for it’s practical approach to landscape urbanism.

“Meadowbrook Park doesn’t look a lot like typical New Urbanism, yet it provides usable parkland and diversity of living spaces to Prairie Village, Kansas,” the article states. “The surrounding neighborhoods of single-family houses, built in the 1940s and 1950s, are better for it because they previously lacked access to parks. Residents were given the option of supporting the redevelopment of a 135-acre golf course, on the condition that most of it become public open space. With that trade-off, the City of 22,000 more than doubled its usable park space.”

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Meadowbrook Park Featured in Urban Land

Urban Land - While working together at Meadowbrook Park, LRK and VanTrust made a conscious effort to preserve more than 80 acres for public use. The open space includes destination playgrounds, an early childhood development center, paved trails, event space for up to 200 people, fishing ponds, pickleball courts, and more.

“Parks have been reintroduced into many people’s day-to-day recreation, driven by the pandemic,” said Justin Duff, Senior Director of Development at VanTrust Real Estate. “One of the strongest emerging trends this year is the focus on health and health equity. I’m hopeful that the movement toward health as well as mental and physical well-being will continue beyond the pandemic and will bring greater focus on meeting the social needs of communities.”

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Caledon Station Featured in Caledon Citizen

Caledon Citizen - Last month, the Caledon Citizen featured an article about Caledon Station, a planned transit hub located in Caledon, Ontario Canada. Caledon Station is set to be the first transit-oriented community in the area, located near the planned Caledon GO station. This project will be a master plan with a mix of uses, including green spaces, neighborhoods with a variety of housing, and a hub with shops, restaurants, and workplaces. Part of the plan is for Caledon to offer diverse residential settings, from single-family detached homes to townhomes designed for empty nesters, all connected by walkable streets and surrounded by green spaces. The project places an emphasis on walking, biking, and hiking, as well as using public transportation, diminishing car reliance and contributing to sustainability. LRK provided master planning and urban design services for Caledon Station in association with NAK Design Strategies.

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