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Good Grief Center Expands

Daily Memphian – The Kemmons Wilson Family Center for Good Grief is initiating a $2.1 million expansion to their Collierville campus to help address the growing demand for counseling services due to COVID-related deaths. A new 4,600-square-foot cottage will include a large gathering space, catering kitchen, individual counseling rooms, and an outdoor gathering area designed specifically to accommodate counseling services in a group or camp format. LRK is providing architectural services for the cottage.   
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New LRK-designed Mixed-Use Project Coming to North Philadelphia

Rising Real Estate – LRK’s design for a new, six-story, 127-unit mixed-use project in the rapidly growing Kensington neighborhood in North Philadelphia was featured by Rising Real-Estate, which covers Philadelphia real estate development news. The project will include 6,080 square feet of artist studios, 28 parking spaces, 54 bicycle stalls, a roof deck, and a gym.

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The Hamilton Named Finalist in D Magazine's Commercial Real Estate Awards Program

D Magazine - The Hamilton at The Epic, a 26-story luxury apartment building in the Deep Ellum neighborhood of Dallas, has been named a finalist in the Best New Multifamily Project category of D Magazine's ninth annual Commercial Real Estate Awards program. Winners will be announced on April 28. LRK is pleased to have provided architectural services for the project.

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Ground-Breaking Held for Huntsville's Metronome Apartments

Huntsville Business Journal - A ground-breaking ceremony was held earlier this week for the five-story Metronome apartments, located in the heart of Huntsville’s MidCity District. The 296-unit multifamily community will also feature retail, restaurants, and fitness on the ground-floor. “The MidCity District appeals to the socially active community — it’s a place where people can walk to parks with their kids and dogs, shop Trader Joe’s for groceries, explore new restaurants and bars and engage in entertainment options like the Huntsville Amphitheater and Topgolf,” said Max Grelier, co-founder of RCP Companies, the developer. LRK is providing architectural services for the project.
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Orleans Station to Bring Residents, New Retail to Medical District

Daily Memphian - Orleans Station, a 10.2-acre mixed-use redevelopment in downtown Memphis’s Medical District, received approval from the State Building Commission earlier this week. Featuring 372 apartments, 16,000 square feet of retail, and a central plaza, the development is planned to bring hundreds of new residents to the University of Tennessee Health Science Center campus and re-energize the Medical District. LRK, who is providing architectural and planning services for the project, took design inspiration from older buildings on the UTHSC campus and nearby Victorian Village. Construction is expected to be complete in August 2023.
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BD+C's The Weekly Features Central Station Hotel

BD+C’s The Weekly – BD+C editor Rob Cassidy recently chatted with developer McLean Wilson, LRK’s Jonathan Smith, Danny Bounds of Bounds & Gillespie Architects, and Dave Green with Robbins & Morton, the general contractor, about the award-winning Central Station Hotel. Check out the March 4th episode of The Weekly.
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Experiential Retail Adjusts for a Post-COVID Comeback

REBusinessOnline - The LRK-designed renovation of The Hill shopping center is featured in the February issue of Shopping Center Business magazine, along with quotes from Principal Craig Henry. The article explores how experiential retail has responded to the pandemic and how design will continue to shift to be reflective of a post-COVID world. Henry “envisions large outdoor spaces being divided up to offer smaller, more intimate opportunities for socializing. If done correctly, each space would offer its own aesthetic and experience. Visitors are likely to discover a different space each time they visit and will want to come back for continued exploring. These spaces are intimate and not crowded, as smaller grouped areas may be preferable in the future.”
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LRK Named a Top Residential Architect in Memphis

Home Builder Digest - LRK is honored to be featured in Home Builder Digest as one of Memphis’s best residential architects. LRK has a 35-year history of designing memorable homes. Each home has distinctive architectural detailing, engaging forms and proportions, and appropriate materials, all carefully crafted to blend with the setting.
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LRK's Danielle Lake and Nando Micale Lead UPenn Urban Design Studio Focused on Reimagining the Public Realm at the Delaware River

Philadelphia’s Danielle Lake and Nando Micale are leading an Urban Design Studio at the University of Pennsylvania’s Weitzman School of Design. The ten students are in the Urban Design concentration of the Master of City and Regional Planning program. They are looking at changing mixed-use trends for urban districts, the concept of Third Place, equity and accessibility, and plans for resiliency along Philadelphia’s next new riverfront neighborhood. As sea level rise and storm surge reshape the City’s riverfront and stormwater management approaches evolve, the value of this old industrial waterfront is also seeing development pressure from multiple development housing proposals with one already breaking ground.  At the same time, shifting retail formats and the pandemic’s accelerated pace of e-commerce are creating opportunities to imagine different models of “experiencing” commerce, entertainment, and recreational programming within the public realm. Students are addressing these challenges while building upon the work of DRWC, DVRPC, and many other groups invested in connecting all Philadelphians to the waterfront. Danielle is a recent graduate of the program, and Nando is a 25-year adjunct faculty member, with past studios in places as diverse as Austin, Bogota (Colombia), Puerto Rico, and Toronto.
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LRK Welcomes New Architects in Philadelphia, New Orleans, Baton Rouge & Memphis

LRK is pleased to welcome new architects to our staff!

“As we enter a new year, we welcome talent to our team from Philly to Louisiana,” said Amy Smith, LRK Principal and Director of Human Resources. “It’s especially exciting to invite new perspectives to our projects as they begin their careers with LRK.”

Amali Wijesekera joins LRK’s New Orleans office as a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with an architecture degree and concentration in historic preservation and restoration.

Blake Van Buren joins LRK’s Memphis office in single family residential architecture. Before joining LRK, Van Buren worked as an architectural designer for luxury homes as well as hotel and conference center projects in Missouri and Texas.

Lindsey Carpenter is LRK’s Philadelphia office’s newest architectural designer, graduating from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s architecture program. She served as an architectural intern throughout her college years at various architecture firms as well as the New York State Office of General Services.

Kaitlin Schuette joins Baton Rouge’s office as a LEED Green Associate and architectural designer. Schuette graduated from Louisiana State University and received her master’s in urban design from the University of Texas at Austin.

“Continuing to build a talented team of architects, designers, and planners to support our clients and their project opportunities has been a priority of LRK’s since the beginning,” said LRK Founding Principal Frank Ricks. “We look forward to continued collaboration both in and across our offices.”

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