LRK Brand Refresh Celebrated Firm-Wide
Memphis Business Journal - On Wednesday, LRK celebrated a firm-wide brand milestone, with local employees gathering at the theater at Crosstown Concourse to celebrate. The event was also simulcast to our seven other offices around the country as a refreshed brand that articulates LRK’s values was unveiled.
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.
LRK Ranks #2 for LEED Professionals in Memphis
Memphis Business Journal – With 17 LEED professionals in our Memphis office, LRK ranked #2 on the Memphis Business Journal’s list of Memphis-Area LEED Professionals.
Citizen Apartments Outperform Leasing Projections
Daily Memphian – Residents have begun moving in to the second and final phase of The Citizen apartments, located in the heart of Midtown Memphis. Phase I was opened last spring and is currently 100 percent leased. Phase II consists of new, ground-up construction of a four-story apartment building with 10,000 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor.
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.
Crosstown Concourse Piloting Fitwel Community
Memphis Medical District Featured in CNU’s Public Square
CNU – The Congress for the New Urbanism’s Public Square featured the Memphis Medical District’s process of improving the sense of place and economy in surrounding neighborhoods while avoiding displacement. LRK worked with the Memphis Medical District Collaborative (MMDC) to create a Streetscape Improvement Playbook that act as a guide to making improvement in the public realm throughout the District.
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.
Krissy Buck Flickinger to Present on Panel at Philadelphia's Green Building Conference
LRK's Director of Sustainability, Krissy Buck Flickinger, along with panelists, will present the award-winning Crosstown Concourse on Thursday, August 1 at Philadelphia's US Green Building Council chapter's annual conference, New Gravity. Hosted by Temple University, the session will discuss the process of transforming the once-abandoned, 1.3 million square-foot Sears distribution center into a thriving LEED Platinum "Vertical Urban Village" integrated with arts, education, and wellness/health.
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.
Hu Hotel Featured in Architectural Digest
Architectural Digest - Architectural Digest recently featured the Hu Hotel on a list of 9 historic hotels that have undergone a spectacular upgrade. LRK provided architectural services for the Hu Hotel renovation, while Home Studios provided interior design.
Nando Micale to Present at Texas Housing Conference
Nando Micale, Principal in LRK’s Philadelphia studio, will present on current HUD neighborhood redevelopment programs at the Texas Housing Conference on August 23rd in Austin. The panel will focus on comprehensive approaches to improve the lives of Texans through addressing diverse affordable housing needs, neighborhood infrastructure reinvestment, wrap around resident services, innovative education initiatives for at-risk student populations, and overall quality of life. Nando’s expertise lies in HUD’s current Choice Neighborhoods Initiatives (CNI) around the country, both in the planning and implementation phases of Neighborhood Transformation. He will present case studies for Philadelphia, Kansas City, Camden (NJ), Omaha, and San Antonio. His current projects include the implementation of the South City Choice Neighborhood in Memphis and the Transformation Plan for North 30th Choice Neighborhood in Omaha.
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.”
Local Architects Redefining Memphis Area
Memphis Business Journal - A number of LRK-designed projects, including FedEx Logistics' renovation of the Gibson Guitar Factory, the Memphis Cook Convention Center renovation, The Citizen mixed-use development in midtown, and Wiseacre Brewing Company's new downtown facility, are featured in an article about current architectural projects that are helping to redefine Memphis.
LRK Welcomes Nine Architectural Designers & Project Managers Across Markets
LRK has welcomed nine new employees to our growing staff of 128 across eight offices.
- Adrienne Bodeen – Memphis; Architect
- Tyler Broome – Celebration; Project Manager
- Rogean Cadieux-Smith – Memphis; Project Manager
- Amanda Eggers – Dallas; Architectural Designer
- Katie Hunt – Memphis; Architectural Designer
- Todd Nations – Memphis; Accountant
- Rudy Salinas – Celebration; Project Manager
- Ronnie Santos – Dallas; Project Manager
- Stewart Wild – Memphis; Construction Administrator
“We’re proud to add these colleagues to our deep roster of committed and talented architects and planners,” said LRK founding principal Frank Ricks. Click here to read more about each new hire.
Central Station Hotel Close to Completion
Daily Memphian - The renovated Central Station Hotel is scheduled to open in September. Guestrooms feature large windows and tall ceilings with spectacular views of downtown, while a 3,500-square-foot hotel restaurant and bar will anchor the ground floor, along with an additional 7,000 square feet of retail. Light-filled interiors feature mid-century modern furniture and an emphasis on the Memphis music scene, while an extensive art collection focuses on the train route stretching from New Orleans to Memphis to Chicago. Architectural services are being provided by LRK in association with Bounds and Gillespie Architects.
Renovation of Orion's New Headquarters Nearing Completion
Daily Memphian - Orion Federal Credit Union is putting the finishing touches on their new headquarters and on Tuesday night board members, friends, and community members gathered at the new space to help celebrate. Orion’s staff of 140 will soon move into the 98-year-old former Wonder Bread factory, which has been renovated to incorporate a sleek modern design and light-filled space set amidst the building’s historic details. Orion’s renovation has also served as a catalyst for the whole Edge District neighborhood. LRK is providing architectural and interior design services for Orion’s historic renovation.
Frank Ricks to Speak at National AIA Conference
LRK Principal Frank Ricks will participate on the panel, “Design Snapshots: Award-winning Adaptive Reuse,” this Friday, June 7 at 8 a.m. at the AIA Conference on Architecture in Las Vegas. Panelists will investigate key characteristics, challenges, client relationships, and innovate techniques and materials used to create their projects. Frank will discuss LRK’s Crosstown Concourse project, which was a recipient of the 2019 AIA Architecture Award.
Mixed-Use Clemson Development Planned
Independent Mail - A new $80 million development on Lake Hartwell in Clemson, South Carolina will feature 322 apartments, 14,000 square feet of restaurant space, 8,000 square feet of retail, a parking garage, and boardwalk along the lake. LRK is providing architectural services for the project.
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 Designing Peabody Avenue Apartments
Memphis Business Journal - An existing two-story, 28-unit apartment building is being renovated and a new three-story, 30-unit multifamily complex is being planned for an adjacent site along Peabody Avenue. LRK is proving architectural services for the project.
The Citizen Offers Mixed-Use Lifestyle
Daily Memphian - Although developers haven't yet announced a ground-floor commercial tenant, residents of The Citizen are already experiencing a mixed-use lifestyle with healthcare, groceries, a bank, and numerous restaurants and cafes nearby. Most of the 98 units in phase one have already been leased and pre-leasing on phase two's 75 units began two weeks ago.
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.
"Memphis’ Oldest Café" Set to Reopen After Renovation and Expansion
Memphis Flyer – The Arcade Restaurant, located in the South Main Arts District, reopens today after undergoing expansion and renovation. LRK provided interior design and architectural services for the popular Memphis restaurant.
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.
Four LRK Projects Make List of USA Today’s “10 reasons you need to visit Memphis”
USA Today – Four LRK projects were featured in an article celebrating 10 must-see places in Memphis. Old Dominick Distillery, Crosstown Concourse, and The National Civil Rights Museum, where LRK served as design architect for the museum expansion, were noted along with the STAX Museum of American Soul in the section highlighting Memphis’ rich music history. LRK is proud to have been a part of these projects with such significance surrounding our headquarter city’s bicentennial celebration.
Three LRK-Designed Restaurants Featured in StyleBlueprint
StyleBlueprint - Three LRK-designed restaurants are featured in StyleBlueprint and the article includes interviews with principal Rebecca Courtney and designer Lauren Ricks about the design of The Gray Canary, Global Café, and Elemento Neapolitan Pizza.
LRK Proud Sponsor of the 2019 ULI Spring Meeting in Nashville
LRK is proud of its involvement with ULI-the Urban Land Institute both in Tennessee and nationally, and we are honored to be a sponsor of the 2019 ULI Spring Meeting. LRK’s commitment to designing and creating sustainable, thriving communities is synonymous with ULI’s mission and reflected in the designs of multiple projects throughout Tennessee, including The Gulch Redevelopment Master Plan, Jackson Walk, Crosstown Concourse, Memphis Ballpark Neighborhood, and Harbor Town.
Frank Ricks Named to Inside Memphis Business’ Power Player List
Congratulations to Frank Ricks for being named to Inside Memphis Business' annual list of Power Players! Power Players are featured in the April issue of the magazine.
Metropolis Magazine Features Crosstown Concourse as Rudy Bruner Award Finalist
Metropolis - Crosstown Concourse is featured in Metropolis magazine as one of five finalists for the Rudy Bruner Award, a national competition that focuses on urban placemaking excellence.
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.
Crosstown Featured in Multihousing Pro
Multihousing Pro - Multihousing Pro has featured Parcels at Crosstown again, this time as the winner of Community of the Year in the 2018 Pillars of the Industry Awards. One judge noted “This is one of the most amazing mixed-use projects I have ever seen.”
Mt. Vernon Manor Team Discusses Infill Development Project
Community Design Collaborative – LRK’s Nando Micale and Alex Bruce discuss the design process of Mt. Vernon Manor, the renovation of a long-vacant row home and two adjacent lots into affordable housing and the Community Design Collaborative’s offices and community meeting space, with Michael Thorpe, executive director of Mt. Vernon Manor CDC.
The Citizen Welcomes its First Residents
Memphis Business Journal - The Citizen, the long awaited redevelopment at the corner of Union Avenue and McLean Boulevard, will welcome its first residents over the weekend. Construction on an adjacent mixed-use building is anticipated to be complete in July. LRK provided architectural services for the project.
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.
See Inside Tower Ventures Tennessee Brewery Office Space
Memphis Business Journal - Tower Ventures, a national provider of wireless communications structures, recently relocated their operations to the renovated Tennessee Brewery. The project is featured as the first of the Memphis Business Journal's newest occasional feature, "Open Office."
LRK-Designed Home Featured in At Home Memphis & MidSouth
At Home Memphis & MidSouth - An LRK-designed home is featured in the latest issue of At Home Memphis & MidSouth. Inspired by the architecture and color palette of the Gulf Coast community Rosemary Beach, this Germantown home has an inviting street presence, but the layout differs from other homes in the area. Rather than the usual front and rear yard plan, this home opens up to an entertaining courtyard on the northern side and an auto court entrance on the southern side of the home.
Jim Constantine and Chris Cosenza to Present on Panels at the New Jersey Future Redevelopment Forum
LRK’s Jim Constantine and Chris Cosenza will participate on panel discussions on Friday, March 8, at the New Jersey Future Redevelopment Forum. Constantine’s panel, “Density that Doesn’t Look Dense: Meeting the Surging Demand for In-Town Housing,” will explore how “Missing Middle” housing can accommodate the demand for housing needs in communities that already feel too dense to build. Cosenza’s session, “Preparing your Community for Redevelopment,” will discuss how municipalities can take steps to develop and create a vision for more attractive communities.
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.
LRK to Provide Architectural, Interior Design Services for Gibson Renovation for FedEx Logistics HQ Relocation
Memphis Business Journal - Looney Ricks Kiss is proud to be providing architectural and interior design services for the renovation of the Gibson Guitar Factory for FedEx Logistics’ downtown Memphis headquarters. The project includes converting the 190,000 square-foot building into office space for approximately 660 employees.
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.
Chris Cosenza Talks about Planning and Climate Change at Sustainable Princeton
LRK’s Chris Cosenza presented at Sustainable Princeton panel discussion around the topics of mixed-use development, transit-oriented development, location efficient development and form-based codes and how these factors create a sense of place that is walkable and help reduce a community’s emissions in the face of climate change. The session, “Why Is It Too Far to Walk? Building a Climate-Friendly Princeton,” presented at the Princeton Public Library, explored how land use planning plays a role in the effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Click here for the presentation.
LRK Welcomes Chad Boardman to Philadelphia Office
LRK is excited to announce that Chad Boardman has joined the Philadelphia office as a project architect. Boardman joins LRK with more than 12 years of experience in commercial, education, and residential architecture, including: senior living, mixed-income, and market-rate housing. Boardman is currently contributing his expertise to an LRK-designed high-rise residential apartment tower in Houston’s Museum District.
Historic U.S. Marine Hospital Soon To Be Renovated
Daily Memphian - Construction is expected to commence in April or May on the U.S. Marine Hospital renovation. The project consists of three brick buildings: the 75,000-square-foot main hospital and a 15,000-square-foot maintenance structure built in the 1930s and a 4,500-square-foot nurses' quarters built in the 1880s. The buildings will provide 71 multifamily units including studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments. In addition to the planned apartment amenities, residents will have easy access to the nearby Metal Museum, Chickasaw Heritage Park, and Crump Park. LRK is providing architectural services for the renovation.
Commercial Construction Soars in Shelby County
Daily Memphian - Principal Victor Buchholz is quoted in this article about the surge in commercial construction across Shelby County. In addition, LRK-designed projects such as The Citizen, the Memphis Cook Convention Center renovation, and Crosstown Concourse are also mentioned.
Memphis Breaks Ground on Convention Center Renovation
Daily Memphian - City leaders held a groundbreaking ceremony yesterday to kick off the $190 million expansion/renovation of the Memphis Cook Convention Center. Upgrades will provide a modern exterior, hotel-quality interior finishes, and new meeting rooms and outdoor seating areas that take advantage of spectacular river views.
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.
ArchDaily Features LRK-Designed 85 Union Renovation
LRK Designing Creative Spaces in Memphis, Dallas and Philly
Daily Memphian - LRK embraces art as an essential element in building design as evidenced by recent projects such as the Fannie C. Harris Youth Center in Dallas, the Crosstown Arts Theater and Artspace Lofts in Memphis, and most recently Kreate Space in Philadelphia. For Kreate Space, LRK is currently leading the adaptive reuse of a historic school and transforming the structure into studio space for artists and makers. LRK's Eli Storch says their goal is to create a functional welcoming building that won't "compete with the creative community who will bring this space to life."
LRK Announces New Principals, Builds Continuum of Leadership
LRK is proud to announce Damon Brider, Amy Smith, and Scott Van Der Jagt as the newest principals of the firm.
“These three have demonstrated outstanding work across various critical roles in our field—but more importantly, each values and carries the welfare of our firm in a holistic and diligent manner,” said founding principal Frank Ricks. “We are proud of their contributions and their willingness to take the risks and rewards that come with formal LRK partnership.”