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 I can practice my natural inclination for architecture and planning, knowing that I will be unencumbered by financial or analytical details because 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.
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."