Healthy Building, Healthy People
The Conveyor – This week’s Crosstown Concourse newsletter takes a look at the ways the building promotes physical and mental wellness and the unseen network of environmentally friendly infrastructure that promotes the health and vitality of our planet.
“Crosstown has the infrastructure and the outdoor spaces, the shared mission of getting people to move within the space and congregate, coupled with cultural, educational, and health programming,” said LRK’s Rogean Cadieux-Smith who led the efforts for Crosstown’s Fitwel certification. Read more.
Crosstown Serves as Working Example of Trane’s “Connected Building” Concept
Trane Technologies – With HVAC demand expected to triple by 2050, Trane explains that connected buildings that utilize digital controls will play a crucial role in ongoing efficient energy management and sustainable building operations.
Crosstown Concourse includes more than 1,200 pieces of connected equipment and about 100 energy meters installed throughout the building. All were utilized to optimize daily operations, track and bill tenant energy use, troubleshoot issues, establish scheduling and make setpoint changes.
To date, Crosstown Concourse’s energy costs and carbon emissions – driven by advanced, real-time analytics – have reduced 3 percent year-over-year since the building’s 2017 re-opening. The facility is on track to save $760,000 in annual utility costs and 8,400 tons of carbon emissions per year compared to the LEED baseline. These savings and efficiencies will help power community growth for generations to come.
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.
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.
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.
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.