Central Station Hotel Wins BD+C Reconstruction Award
BD+C - Central Station Hotel as recently honored with a Bronze Reconstruction Award by BD+C magazine. The winners were announced in the December issue of BD+C and projects will be featured on BDCnetwork throughout December and January. LRK provided architectural design for the hotel in association with Bounds & Gillespie.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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!
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.
Orion FCU Headquarters and The Hill Winners of Metamorphosis Awards
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
LRK Named Top Workplace for Third Year
The Commercial Appeal - LRK is excited to be named to The Commercial Appeal’s list of 2019 Top Workplaces in the small business category. It is LRK’s 3rd 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. “The Top Workplaces award is about much more than recognition and celebration,” said Eric Rubino, CEO of Energage. “Our research also shows that these organizations achieve higher referral rates, lower employee turnover, and double the employee engagement levels. It just goes to show that being intentional about culture delivers bottom-line results.”
The Hill Recognized by Dallas A/E/C Community
Topping Out - The Hill recently received a Topping Out Top Ten Award from the Architecture/Engineering/Construction community in Dallas/Fort Worth, which recognizes outstandingly built environments. Redesigned by LRK, The Hill is a shopping center, originally built in the 70s, that underwent a dramatic renovation that now boasts innovative retail and restaurant experiences.
Elaine Covin CFO of the Year Finalist
Memphis Business Journal – LRK is proud to announce Elaine Covin was named a finalist for 2019 CFO of the Year. Finalists for the award are experts in strategic direction, mitigating risk, and regulatory compliance. Broken into small and large nonprofit or private company categories, the winners were named at an awards breakfast at Hilton Memphis on Tuesday. Founding partner, Frank Ricks, commented “It’s incredibly valuable knowing that Elaine’s got it—always. She’s the rock at LRK.”
Frank Ricks Winner of Downtown Visionary Award
Daily Memphian – LRK is honored to announce Frank Ricks was the recipient of the Downtown Memphis Commission’s Downtown Visionary Award Friday night. This lifetime achievement award was given for Frank’s design involvement in projects that have played a significant role in Downtown Memphis’ redevelopment. Dozens of LRK-designed projects were cited, including AutoZone Park, which Ray Brown, head of the Downtown Memphis Commission, said “changed the trajectory of Downtown.”
“Frank is probably one of the smartest and most thoughtful urbanists I know,” Brown said. “He understands what a city is about. He understands how they work, what people need and what the whole system, both the environment and the people who use it, is all about.”
LRK MBJ Best Places to Work Finalist
Memphis Business Journal – LRK is honored to be named a finalist to the Memphis Business Journal’s list of 2019 Best Places to Work. Nominated companies were ranked based on anonymous employee surveys conducted by Quantum Workplace. The spirited awards ceremony took place at AutoZone Park on October 11th.
Rudy Bruner Award Presented at Crosstown
Daily Memphian - Friday afternoon, the prestigious Rudy Bruner Gold Award was presented at Crosstown Concourse. For the past 30 years, the RBA design competition has recognized transformative places that contribute to the economic, environmental, and social vitality of American cities. Anne-Marie Lubenau, awards director and architect, stated that while a lot of projects are planned for activation and placemaking, Crosstown very successfully succeeded. “What’s fascinating, I think a lot of projects have that ambition or aspiration,” she said of the human energy that courses through Crosstown Concourse. “But here, it is happening.”
J. Carson Looney Builder's Choice Award Juror
Carson Looney recently participated on a panel of jurors for the 2019 Builder’s Choice & Custom Home Design Awards. Sixteen projects representing the best in residential design received honors. Overall, the jurors praised “function in smaller footprints, use of innovative building materials, and remodels that respect the existing architecture.”
LRK Honored in MBJ’s 2019 Best Places to Work
Memphis Business Journal – Each year the Memphis Business Journal honors companies who prioritize their employee’s well-being at its annual Best Places to Work and HR Impact Awards. LRK was honored in the medium category, which includes companies with 50 to 149 local employees.
LRK Named in PSMJ’s Circle of Excellence for 6th Straight Year
PSMJ – For the sixth year in a row, LRK has named to PSMJ’s Circle of Excellence, which highlights firms that demonstrate outstanding business achievement in the architecture and engineering industry.
Two LRK Projects Receive IIDA Tennessee Awards
Crosstown Concourse and Church Health in Memphis were honored with Excellence awards by IIDA Tennessee at a gala held earlier this month. Crosstown received the award in the Adaptation/Sustainability category and Church Health was awarded in the Healthcare Renovation Design category.
Two LRK Projects Win Golden Trowel Awards
The McKenzie in Dallas recently received the Golden Trowel Award and the Ivy in Houston received an Honorable Mention for Outstanding Residential Multi-Family Design from the Texas Masonry Council. The Golden Trowel Award recognizes and encourages excellence in all phases of masonry construction.
LRK’s Sydney Matsumoto and Team Receive Peterson Prize for Measured Drawings
National Park Service – LRK’s Sydney Matsumoto was part of the first-place team for the Charles E. Peterson Prize, a student competition of measured drawings presented by the National Park Service’s Heritage Documentation Program, The Athenaeum of Philadelphia, the American Institute of Architects, and the Association for Preservation Technology. Sydney and her team documented the Vizcaya – Casino in Miami. The drawing will augment the HABS/HAER/HALS Collection of measured drawings at the Library of Congress. Sydney recently became a full-time LRK employee after completing her master’s degree in Construction Management from the University of Miami and interning with LRK in the summer of 2018.
Three LRK-Designed Projects Win AIA Tennessee Awards
Three LRK-designed projects were recipients of AIA Tennessee awards at a reception held last night in conjunction with AIA Tennessee’s annual conference in Knoxville. Old Dominick Distillery and Crosstown Concourse won Awards of Excellence, while the Nineteenth Century Club won an Award of Merit.
Crosstown Concourse Named Rudy Bruner Award Gold Medal Winner
Metropolis – LRK is thrilled to announce that Crosstown Concourse is the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence Gold Medal winner. The Rudy Bruner Award is a national competition that focuses on urban placemaking excellence and projects that make a beneficial impact on American cities. Todd Richardson, co-director and cofounder of Crosstown Arts, commented that “Crosstown Concourse has received a number of highly regarded awards over the past year, but this one is really special.” Richardson says the Gold Medal prize will be used to support “ongoing arts events and programming that contribute to the unique Crosstown experience.”
Crosstown Concourse Named Finalist for ULI Global Awards for Excellence
Urban Land - Crosstown Concourse is one of 19 developments from around the world that have been named a finalist in the 2019 ULI Global Awards for Excellence, one of the real estate industry's most prestigious honors. Winners will be recognized at the 2019 ULI Fall Meeting and will be featured in the fall issue of Urban Land magazine.
LRK’s North 30th Choice Neighborhood Plan Awarded $25m Grant
OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) – On May 13th, HUD announced the award of a $25 million implementation grant for the redevelopment of the Spencer Homes public housing site and the surrounding neighborhood along North 30th Street. This Choice Neighborhoods funding leverages an additional $157 million of investments to transform the corridor, which is centered on Seventy Five North Revitalization Corporation’s Highlander community.
NCRM Receives Nation's Highest Honor for Museums
Commercial Appeal – The National Civil Rights Museum has been honored by the Institute of Museum and Library Services with a 2019 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation's highest honor for libraries and museums.
LRK-Designed Projects Win BRED Awards
Memphis Business Journal - Several LRK-designed projects were named winners at the Memphis Business Journal’s inaugural Best Real Estate Deals (BRED) awards ceremony, held April 25th at The Cadre Downtown. The Best Real Estate Deals honor the most significant commercial real estate deals that occurred in the Mid-South in 2017 and 2018. The Citizen was a winner in the residential category, while 999 S. Cooper Street was named a finalist. Wiseacre Brewery was the winner in the retail/restaurant category. LRK is also designing a renovation of office space at Toyota Plaza for Indigo Ag, who won the office category and was named Deal of the Year.
The Epic Receives Two DBJ Real Estate Awards
Dallas Business Journal – The Epic mixed-use development, which includes the LRK-designed multifamily high-rise The Hamilton, was recently honored with two Best Real Estate Deals Awards from the Dallas Business Journal. The project was the overall winner in the Urban Office category and a finalist in the Mixed-Use Development Category.
LRK Ranked 459 in ENR's 2019 Top 500 Listing
Engineering News Record - LRK was listed 459 in ENR's 2019 Top 500 listing. Companies were ranked according to revenue for design services performed in 2018.
Old Dominick Distillery and O'More Show Home Winner of AIA Memphis Design Awards
Daily Memphian - AIA Memphis' annual awards gala was held on Saturday night at Ballet Memphis and two LRK projects received honors. Old Dominick Distillery won the highest distinction, an Honor Award of Excellence, and the O'More Designer Show Home was honored with a Citation. A panel of judges from Richmond, Virginia presented awards to nine projects out of the 48 that were submitted.
The McKenzie Recognized as First Fitwel Multifamily Development in Texas
Business Wire - The McKenzie, a 22-story, 183-unit traditionally designed high rise located on the eastern edge of Dallas' exclusive Highland Park neighborhood, was recently recognized as the first certified Fitwel multifamily development in Texas, according to the Center for Active Design. Fitwel provides a new standard for the building industry and supports widespread adoption of health-promoting strategies in commercial real estate. The McKenzie was named a Fitwel-certified space due to its location, building access, outdoor spaces, indoor environment, dwellings, shared spaces and more.
Parcels at Crosstown Wins Best in American Living Silver Award
LRK is honored to announce that the Parcels at Crosstown also recently won a Best in American Living Silver Award in the Adaptive Reuse/Multifamily category. The Best in American Living Award ceremony was held on February 20th at the Westgate as part of the 2019 International Builders' Show in Las Vegas. 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."
Parcels at Crosstown Honored as Pillars of the Industry Multifamily Community of the Year
The Parcels at Crosstown was honored with two Pillars of the Industry Awards: Multifamily Community of the Year and Best Mixed-Use Community. Winners were announced at a celebratory awards luncheon on February 19th in Las Vegas during the International Builders Show.
Tennessee Brewery, Crosstown Theater Honored with Building Memphis Awards
Memphis Business Journal – The redeveloped Tennessee Brewery was named Project of the Year and honored with the Best Renovation Large award at the 7th Annual Building Memphis Awards. Additionally, the Crosstown Arts Theater won an award in the Best New Construction Medium category. The Building Memphis Awards celebrate the top new construction and revitalization projects in the Mid-South.
Crosstown Concourse Selected as Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence Finalist
The Rudy Bruner Awards for Excellence (RBA) announced the finalists for its 2019 Gold and Silver medal prizes. For the past 30 years, the RBA design competition has recognized transformative places that contribute to the economic, environmental, and social vitality of American cities. Crosstown Concourse is one of five finalists. Winners will be selected in June after RBA staff visit each site.
Kessler Receives Capstone Award from KCBJ
Kansas City Business Journal – The Kessler at Meadowbrook Park was awarded a 2019 Capstone Real Estate Award in the Multifamily category by the Kansas City Business Journal. The Capstone Awards highlight the best projects completed in 2018. Looney Ricks Kiss provided architectural and interior design services for The Kessler.
Crosstown Concourse, LRK Receive National AIA Design Award
Daily Memphian – Crosstown Concourse was one of nine buildings selected by the American Institute of Architects for the AIA 2019 Honor Awards. Recipients of the AIA Awards highlight the best contemporary architecture regardless of budget, size, style, or type. These projects show the world the range of outstanding work architects create and the many ways buildings and spaces can improve lives.
LRK Receives TopID Award from NEWH
Last month, Looney Ricks Kiss was named a Top ID Hospitality Firm (TopID), by The Hospitality Network Industry Network (NEWH) for the Memphis/Mid-South Region chapter. The TopID award is a prestigious honor determined by NEWH chapter and regional board to recognize and promote the best designers in the hospitality industry. LRK is honored to be named among such a talented group of designers.
2019 Building Memphis Awards
Memphis Business Journal – LRK is honored to have been involved with six projects selected as finalists in the Memphis Business Journal's 2019 Building Memphis competition. The Crosstown Arts Theatre and FedExFamilyHouse, Phase II are both finalists in the Best New Construction Medium category, Memphis Rox is a finalist in the Best Renovation Medium category, and ServiceMaster Headquarters, South Main Artspace Lofts, and the Tennessee Brewery are finalists in the Best Renovation Large category. Winners will be honored at the Building Memphis awards ceremony held February 19th at the Botanic Gardens.