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LRK-Designed Projects Receive Six AIA Memphis Design Awards

LRK is thrilled to announce LRK-designed projects won six 2021 AIA Memphis design awards. Peoples’ Choice Awards, chosen by AIA members and Corporate Partners, were handed out for the first time ever, and LRK swept all three categories. Gray Canary won in the Interiors category, Wiseacre Brewery in the New Construction category, and Tennessee Brewery in the Renovation/Restoration category. Wiseacre Brewery also received a Merit Award, Fossett Paving Co. won a Design Award Citation in the New Construction category, and nexAir Corporate Headquarters received a Design Award Citation in the Interiors category. The AIA Memphis annual awards gala was held Saturday, October 16th at Central Station Hotel, Curio Collection by Hilton. We're so grateful for the opportunity to work with wonderful clients and consultants on these amazing projects! 

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Fannie C. Harris Center Finalist in ULI Dallas-Fort Worth Impact Awards

The Fannie C. Harris Center has been named a finalist in the ULI Dallas-Fort Worth Impact Awards in the Social Impact category. Winning entries in the Influence, Innovation, Social Impact and Public Places categories will be announced at the Impact Awards gala dinner tomorrow, October 20th, at The Renaissance Hotel Dallas. The finalists for the 2021 ULI Dallas-Fort Worth Impact Awards program were selected by a jury comprised of members of the Urban Land Institute from across the North American continent. “This year’s jury was focused on the ULI mission of creating and sustaining thriving communities. They quickly identified which developments were having a significant positive impact on their surroundings,” noted Pam Stein, Executive Director of ULI Dallas-Fort Worth. “With several outstanding projects submitted by non-profits, they also determined that the Social Impact category first implemented in 2019 should be continued, creating a fifth award again this year.”

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Crosstown Concourse and FedExFamilyHouse Celebrated at Awards Luncheon

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, winners of the 2020 Governor’s Stewardship Awards were retroactively celebrated alongside the 2021 award winners this past week in Nashville. Crosstown Concourse, which won a 2018 Governor’s Award in the Building Green category, was honored with a 2020 Pursuit of Excellence Award. The Pursuit of Excellence Award is given for a project that shows continued and substantial improvement in the area of sustainability. FedExFamilyHouse also won a 2020 Governor’s Award in the Building Green category. 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.

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Pecan Square Featured on the Cover of Builder Magazine

Pecan Square graces the cover of this month’s issue of Builder magazine and is featured in the article, “5 Master Plan Trends Home Buyers Gravitate Toward Today.” For many Americans, the home has taken center stage since COVID-19 began impacting our world over a year and a half ago. With many shifting to remote work, homebuyers have been increasingly open to new locations and to moving further from the urban core. Master-planned communities are an attractive option for a variety of buyers right now, and the Builder article states that the following trends are prevalent in those neighborhoods: community engagement, outdoor connectivity, water access, multigenerational focus, and living well. The article focuses on the array of outdoor recreational/event spaces that Pecan Square has to offer and notes that many planned communities are “now opting for outdoor entertainment venues instead of the more traditional indoor club facilities” because of COVID concerns and the growing focus on wellness and being outside. Another benefit, they’re also less expensive to build and maintain.

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DMC Design Review Board Approves the Downtown Mobility Center

The DMC Design Review Board unanimously voted to approve the design plans for the Downtown Mobility Center yesterday. The six-story center, located on the 1.3-acre surface parking lot to the north of the Orpheum Theater, will include 975 parking spaces, 13,500 square feet of retail, bike storage, and showers. The DMC believes more people will want to commute by bike downtown if showers are available, so access to the both the showers and bike storage will be available as a membership. The Beale Street façade will also feature a monumental stair with dramatic views of downtown, Beale Street, and the river. The Downtown Mobility Center will help create a seamless connection between Beale and the river and Main Street and the South Main Arts District.

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Cortland Colburn Breaks Ground in Disney’s Celebration Community

Growthspotter - The 300-unit Cortland Colburn luxury apartment community will serve Celebration’s newest town center with 300 units of residential and 10,000 square feet of ground floor retail. In addition, a resort-style amenity center will accompany the apartments and serve all Celebration residents. The amenity center will include private conference and dining spaces, a private European pantry and tearoom, a lounge with connected outdoor space, pet wash and park, fitness center with two flex studios featuring spin bikes and private training, maker’s room with co-working spaces, and collaborative art zones. LRK is serving as architect of record for the Cortland Colburn apartments and amenity center.

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Fannie C. Harris Youth Center Wins Metamorphosis Award

We are honored to announce the LRK-designed Fannie C. Harris Youth Center is a winner of the 2021 Metamorphosis Awards, receiving 2nd place in the Adaptive Reuse category. The center, located in a former elementary school, assists unsheltered youth currently enrolled in Dallas Independent School District high schools and supports immediate needs of other homeless young adults ages 14-21. Sponsored by retrofit magazine, the competition honors outstanding work retrofitting commercial, industrial, and institutional buildings. Winners will be featured in the November-December issue of retrofit magazine. We are grateful that we could support the growth of this vital program.

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Caroline Bozzi Passive House Certified

Caroline Bozzi has recently become a certified passive house designer through the Passive House Institute (PHI).

Passive House design is a holistic approach to design that can be applied to all building types to achieve high performance. When compared to typical construction, Passive House buildings have higher energy efficiency, lower energy demand, lower utility costs, longer lasting materials, and better air quality.

Caroline will provide our clients with guidance on using sustainable and renewable energy technology, materials, and practices through the lens of the passive house standard. Congratulations, Caroline!

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Rise Apartments' Name Carries Civic, Inspirational, and Thematic Overtones

Memphis Business Journal - A finalist in the 2021 MBJ Building Memphis awards, The Rise apartments are further proof of the continuing reinvestment In the Edge neighborhood, the area situated between the Medical District and Downtown. Located adjacent the vacant Wonder Bread factory that was recently transformed into the headquarters for the Orion Federal Credit Union, DSG led the development of the 199-unit Rise Apartments. Some of the original wood flooring, conveyor belt, and Wonder Bread signage were salvaged for the community, and a 481-space parking garage, seen as critical to the overall viability of the project, was constructed for Rise residents, office tenants, and the public. 

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Wiseacre Honored With MBJ Building Memphis Award

Wiseacre recently received a MBJ Building Memphis award in the Best New Construction – Small category. Winners were selected by a Memphis Business Journal editorial panel from the numerous nominations submitted by area developers, contractors, architects, and officials. Editor-in-chief Greg Akers noted that the projects that won Building Memphis awards this year signify neighborhoods in rebirth.
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