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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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.
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.”
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.”
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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
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.
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.
A Vertical Urban Village in Memphis
Forbes—Crosstown 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.
The Lake District, In Progress
StyleBlueprint—With 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.
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.
Crosstown Concourse Achieves Highest Fitwel Certification
Storyboard Memphis—Crosstown 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.”
Lake District Construction to Commence
Daily Memphian - Gilad Development Inc. has filed for three building permits, signaling construction is about to begin on retail portions of the Lake District development. LRK is providing architectural services for the project which will feature 150,000 square feet of Main Street retail with 396 apartments above, 75,000 square feet of office space, a hotel, two parking garages, restaurants, and a 10-acre lake and trails. In addition, the community will feature age-restricted apartments, lofts, and custom single-family homes on zero-lot lines.
Orion is Taking Big Steps Towards Expansion
Daily Memphian- Orion Federal Credit Union is taking big steps to expand their branch in Memphis and surrounding areas. In preparing for future market growth, Orion plans to expand into Little Rock, renovate existing branches, and build new branches in the Greater Memphis area with LRK providing architectural services for several of these branches. Since its founding in 1957, Orion has become one of the leading credit unions in the Mid-South, and the addition of the Little Rock location in the next three months will bring their total to 12 Mid-South locations.
The Alastair Opens in the Aria Village Development in Sandy Springs
What Now Atlanta- The Alastair has opened as part of Aria Village in Sandy Springs in anticipation of continued growth in the area due to the new Mercedes-Benz USA Headquarters. LRK designed this five-story residential development that provides residents with a variety of amenities such as a two-story fitness facility, pool deck, co-working spaces, dog wash, access to a screen porch or side yard, and 30,000 square feet of nearby retail and restaurants. The Alastair is proximate to the new Mercedes-Benz Headquarters and surrounding hiking trails.
LRK Expands as Memphis, Other Markets See Continued Demand
Daily Memphian – With increasingly positive development interest in Memphis and across our markets, LRK has grown to 140 to in order to best serve our clients.
“It is truly exciting to see robust activity from long-established local developers, from a new generation of emerging developers, as well as interest from out-of-town entities intersecting,” said LRK Principal Tony Pellicciotti. “The new thought processes challenging established wisdom sets the stage for an exciting civic vibrancy.”
LRK-Designed Home Recognized with One of the Best Bonus Rooms by StyleBlueprint
StyleBlueprint - An LRK-designed private residence at Pickwick Lake was recently featured in StyleBlueprint’s article recognizing the best ‘bonus rooms’ in the Southeast. The residence’s billiards, bar, and media room feature rustic elements such as exposed brick and reclaimed wood and is finished with modern fixtures and clean lines. Cindy McCord, Lead Designer of Cindy McCord Designs stated, “the built-in bar is my favorite feature of this room, because of its warm wood construction and finish, and its convenient location to the billiard area and the media room.”
Artists Selected to Complete Projects for the Memphis Convention Center
UrbanArt Commission - UrbanArt Commission has announced the four artists selected to create public art projects for the renovation of the Memphis Convention Center. The commissions will include a suspended sculpture, two murals, and an interior project. LRK’s Frank Ricks served on the UAC’s artist selection committee. LRK is providing architectural design services for the renovation and expansion of the Convention Center and has been actively involved in the integration of public art within the project.
LRK Welcomes Over a Dozen Employees Across Markets, Promotes Six
LRK is pleased to announce 6 promotions and welcome 14 new employees to its growing staff of over 140 across eight offices.
The Hill Featured in Shopping Center Business
Shopping Center Business – In the article, “Seizing New Opportunity by Creating an Experiential Nature,” LRK Principals Frank Ricks and Craig Henry describe how The Hill, an outdated 70s shopping center in Dallas, was transformed into a destination development with unique interior and exterior features. The design focuses on layers of recycled materials to create unique facades for each storefront. To connect the interior to the exterior, designers revamped the existing courtyard with new landscaping and outdoor seating. For the final touch, murals were commissioned from local artists on exterior walls to integrate local art culture into the renovation.
Plans for the Pinch District Move Forward
Memphis Business Journal- 18 Main LLC has announced a $1.1 billion project for the Pinch District in downtown Memphis. LRK is enthused that the guiding principles from our 2016 Pinch District Concept Plan are serving as the building blocks for this multi-block project. Consisting of two phases, the project will have a total of 2.8 million square feet available for residential, retail, hotel, and office spaces within multiple skyscrapers. Upon approval of the project, phase one can be expected to be completed in 2023.
Construction Begins on Third Phase of South City
Daily Memphian- The next phases of Foote Park at South City are underway, with phase three expected to be completed in early 2020. This mixed-income community, designed by LRK, has over 700 residential units, including market-rate units, affordable low-income housing tax credit units, and units that will be subsidized with project-based vouchers. Located on the west side of Danny Thomas Boulevard where the old housing project once stood, construction of the final, fourth phase is expected to be completed by June 2021.
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-Designed Generation Park Apartments Nearing Completion
Houston Business Journal - Construction is nearing completion on the 255 Assay Street Luxury Apartments with residents scheduled to move in by the end of the year. Located in the 52-acre mixed-use district within Generation Park, a planned community in northeast Houston, the apartments are designed to be true Class A multifamily, appealing to all segments of the area workforce. Amenities include dog parks for large and small dogs, a lap pool, parking garage, business center, resident room with wood-burning fireplace and pool table, multiple outdoor entertaining areas, a fitness center with Peloton bikes, and 17,000 square feet of retail on the ground floor. LRK is serving as the design architect on the project.
Epicenter At Agritopia Pre-Leasing Retail Space
AZBigMedia - Epicenter, the high-end, vertical mixed-use community located in the planned community of Agritopia, is beginning to pre-lease retail space. With a focus on healthy living, Epicenter features 49,000 square feet of ground-floor retail and restaurants and apartments on the upper stories. The community offers studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments, along with maker’s space for woodworking and crafting and a demonstration kitchen. Epicenter provides multi-generational residents a place to live, dine, and shop in a pedestrian-friendly environment. LRK provided design services for the project.
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.
Central Station Hotel Opens
Commercial Appeal – The Central Station Hotel opened on Tuesday as an ode to Memphis’ musical legacy. After four years of planning, designing, and construction, the century-old train station was converted into a boutique hotel rich with elements from the historic South Main neighborhood. The Curio Collection by Hilton hotel consists of 123 guest rooms and a French brasserie. LRK provided architectural services in association with Bounds and Gillespie Architects, PLLC.
Two LRK-Designed Restaurants Featured in Food & Wine
Food & Wine - Global Café and Lucy J’s Bakery, both designed by LRK, are featured in Food & Wine magazine. Located in Crosstown Concourse, the two restaurants, along with Next Door Eatery, are making a name for themselves by supporting refugees, combating homelessness, and helping to fund learning gardens at local schools.
Tate at Tanglewood Featured in Best in American Living Magazine
Best in American Living – Tate at Tanglewood was recently featured in Best in American Living for its ability to meet the many needs of urban dwellers. Designed by LRK, this 431-unit apartment community offers designs that satisfies both modern and traditional tastes. Certified as NAHB Green Bronze, this development offers a broad range of eco-friendly amenities from energy efficient appliances to community courtyards. Located in the Uptown neighborhood of Houston, Tate at Tanglewood is conveniently located to local food and shopping.
North America's Coolest Streets
Commercial Property Executive - Dallas’ Deep Ellum, home to the Epic and LRK-designed multifamily tower, The Hamilton, and Memphis’ Overton Square were named as two of the coolest streets in North America. The list, put together by Cushman & Wakefield, features 20 streets from around the country. These streets are being guided by the drive towards urban renewal and the movement of millennials wanting to live in more affordable areas. LRK is proud to have played a role in the design of these great places.
Revised Plans for Union Row Unveiled
Daily Memphian – New details for Union Row were released on Thursday. A revised plan for the $500-million development includes a modified site plan with less retail (47,018 square feet down from 90,000), less parking (1,646 spaces down from 2,200), and one of the two planned office buildings now devoted to a start-up company. Plans also include two hotels, apartments (711 units overall), and ample green space. "This is just kind of extending that Downtown density look and feel further east on Union Avenue," Principal Frank Ricks said. "This is going to make a major difference in the experience of approaching Downtown from the east."
Church Health Relocation Offers Opportunity to Optimize Care Delivery
Healthcare Facilities Today – Church Health was recently featured in an article that focuses on how design optimizes care delivery. When Church Health was preparing to consolidate their multiple offices into a single location at Crosstown Concourse, they worked with LRK to make sure their new facility was planned with flexible spaces that could adapt to changing industry practices. The LRK team met with staff and patients to discover key goals and then continued to observe and test ideas throughout the design process and even after move-in. Also key to the design’s success were understanding the client’s vision and mission and emphasizing transparency throughout the process.
HUD Selects Omaha Choice Neighborhood for $1.3 Million Dollar Grant
September 19th, HUD announced that Omaha’s Southside Terrace–Indian Hills Neighborhood is one of four $1.3 million 2019 Choice Neighborhood grants. LRK is the community planner and urban designer for this 2-year long effort that will engage the neighborhood residents and stakeholders to reimagine a community that was once known as The Magic City. The neighborhood includes the historic Omaha Stockyards and its population is one of the most diverse in the City, with a mix of Latino, African American, and recent African refugees from across the continent. LRK will be working with the City, Omaha Housing Authority, Southside Redevelopment Corporation, Heartland Workers Center, Spark CDI, The Simple Foundation, among other non-profit and philanthropy partners to create a plan to improve the quality of life for the residents, physically transform the neighborhood, and provide high-quality, mixed-income housing.
LRK Draws Top Talent to Firm
Momentum - The latest issue of the Greater Memphis Chamber’s Momentum magazine features an article, “City’s Reputation as Leader in Adaptive Reuse Movement Draws Top Talent to Architecture Firms,” with multiple quotes from LRK staff. With talent development across LRK’s eight markets being a top priority, the article discusses LRK’s recruitment efforts in Memphis. When it comes to recruiting team members to Memphis, LRK sells the city. The city’s efforts in reinvigorating historic properties and the downtown core are inspirational, and when recruits come and experience not only the Memphis culture, but also their potential for engagement and impact, it’s a huge draw.
South City Grand Opening
WREG - Yesterday, a ribbon cutting marked the grand opening of the first phase of South City with 114 new mixed-income homes on a portion of the site of the former Foote Homes complex. The total number of residences will be 600 townhouse and walk-up apartments in five phases. Former residents of Foote Homes, which was often cited for poor living conditions, crime, and violence, are optimistic that this is the first step in a long-term revitalization strategy. LRK provided planning, urban design, architecture, and interior design services for South City. LRK’s Frank Ricks, Rob Norcross, and project architect Alex Bruce attended the celebration.
Uber to Bring 3,000 Jobs to the Epic in Deep Ellum
LRK Projects Featured in Luxury Travel Magazine
Luxury Travel Magazine – Several LRK-designed projects, including the Central Station Hotel, The Arcade, Old Dominick Distillery, Catherine & Mary’s, the National Civil Rights Museum and STAX Museum of American Soul, were named don’t miss spots on Luxury Travel Magazine’s list of places to visit during a 48-hour trip to Memphis.
Highland Avenue Streetscape Improvement Plans Revealed
Daily Memphian – Preliminary designs for a half-mile stretch of Highland Avenue aim to make the area safer for walkers and cyclists and more attractive for everyone. LRK’s Jonathan Flynt presented the plans that create a northern gateway into the University District with traffic-slowing measures, colorful crosswalks, public art, widened sidewalks, and improved lighting and landscaping.
The Arcade Marks Milestone Anniversary
Commercial Appeal – Memphis’ oldest restaurant celebrated its 100th anniversary last week. LRK provided architectural and interior design services for the recent renovation and is proud to have played a part in the continued success of The Arcade.
O'More Designer Show Home Featured in StyleBlueprint
StyleBlueprint - The O'More Designer Show Home was recently featured in the Nashville edition of StyleBlueprint. LRK provided the architectural design for the home and teamed with Jonathan Savage of Savage Interior Design, who provided interior design services. Savage praises the team saying, "The design ability of my office mixed with Looney's talent was a great combination."
AutoZone Park Celebrates 20 Years in Downtown Memphis
Memphis Magazine – Twenty years ago, AutoZone Park opened in Downtown Memphis, beginning the Downtown renaissance. LRK partnered with HOK Sport on the architecture and interior design of the ballpark and provided urban design for the 20-acre Memphis Ballpark District.
“Before AutoZone Park, Downtown was adults-only. There were no activities for children. I remember how pleased I was when I saw flocks of kids headed for the ballpark,” said developer Henry Turley.
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 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.
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 acts as a guide to making improvement in the public realm throughout the District.
LRK Philadelphia's Eli Storch and Alex Bruce Contribute to Context Magazine
Context – LRK’s Eli Storch is the editor of Context, AIA Philadelphia’s quarterly magazine. The summer issue has a focus on historic preservation and the sketch on the cover is by our own Alex Bruce.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."