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LRK Inc.

150 Turtle Creek Blvd.
Duite 104D
Dallas, TX 75207

Phone: 214.389.3816
Website: www.lrk.com




Firm Description

Striving to serve the needs of clients through a sophisticated yet common-sense approach, LRK combines creativity and cost effectiveness in every project. The firm merges the boundaries between building uses, building types and design disciplines. By skillfully combining forms and functions with an understanding of how people will use the specific space, structure or neighborhood, LRK creates memorable places with an appropriate identity and connection to the surroundings.

LRK encourages clients to participate in the programming and design process, from private homeowners to major corporate executives to myriad stakeholders. The results are holistic solutions that meet the desires and demands of these diverse clients and enhance the quality of life in every environment.

For town planning, environmental and urban design projects, the firm actively engages government officials, business leaders and local citizens throughout the various phases of the design process. Within the firm, projects undergo intensive critique and refinement through an ongoing and open review process. This participatory spirit in the office combined with outreach to the community reflects the original vision of the founding principals and the collective philosophical approach of the firm.

LRK’s sophisticated multidisciplinary approach, responsibility to clients and commitment to design quality have resulted in a portfolio of accomplished and award-winning homes, corporate headquarters, civic buildings, sports facilities, traditional neighborhoods and downtown revitalizations.

LRK creates memorable places to live, work and play.



Services

Architecture, BIM, Design, Facilities Management, Interior Design, Master Planning, Programming, Project / Program Management, Rendering / Delineation, Site Analysis/ Site Evaluating and Planning, Space Planning, Sustainable Design, Way Finding


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The McKenzie is a 22-story, 183-unit traditionally designed high rise located on the eastern edge of Dallas’ exclusive Highland Park neighborhood. From its brick and stone entry motor lobby to its exclusive penthouse level, the building is designed and created for a renter-by-choice resident. The building offers luxury rental residences reminiscent of a grand historic neighborhood hotel with classic interiors, valet, concierge service, and a 24-hour doorman.  Upscale amenities include a luxury pool deck, garden room with exterior private garden, resident bar, supper club area with kitchen and dining, media room, fitness center, meditation garden, business/conference center, dog park, and bicycle storage. The community also offers a five-story parking garage for residents.
The McKenzie is a 22-story, 183-unit traditionally designed high rise located on the eastern edge of Dallas’ exclusive Highland Park neighborhood. From its brick and stone entry motor lobby to its exclusive penthouse level, the building is designed and created for a renter-by-choice resident. The building offers luxury rental residences reminiscent of a grand historic neighborhood hotel with classic interiors, valet, concierge service, and a 24-hour doorman. Upscale amenities include a luxury pool deck, garden room with exterior private garden, resident bar, supper club area with kitchen and dining, media room, fitness center, meditation garden, business/conference center, dog park, and bicycle storage. The community also offers a five-story parking garage for residents.

Multi-Family Residential

The McKenzie is a 22-story, 183-unit traditionally designed high rise located on the eastern edge of Dallas’ exclusive Highland Park neighborhood. From its brick and stone entry motor lobby to its exclusive penthouse level, the building is designed and created for a renter-by-choice resident. The building offers luxury rental residences reminiscent of a grand historic neighborhood hotel with classic interiors, valet, concierge service, and a 24-hour doorman.  Upscale amenities include a luxury pool deck, garden room with exterior private garden, resident bar, supper club area with kitchen and dining, media room, fitness center, meditation garden, business/conference center, dog park, and bicycle storage. The community also offers a five-story parking garage for residents.
The James is located on the south end of Midlane, a mixed-use development in the River Oaks neighborhood of Houston, Texas. The James is phase one of the overall Streetlights Residential development known as The Azalea. Traditionally designed around an entry courtyard and motor entrance, the building is eight stories of brick and cast stone with a mix of residential types from townhouses and large corner units to studio and one bedrooms. The James has 344 units with luxury amenities, including a full-service resident-only bar, a fully-outfitted supper kitchen and dining room, and a state-of-the-art media and communal living room. The building is anchored around a split-level landscaped courtyard that combines brick walks, outdoor cooking, and a resort-style pool. The James is also served by a six-level integrated parking garage. Gary Zvonkovic Photography
Located in Houston’s River Oaks neighborhood, Gables West Ave offers a vibrant urban context for a seven-story, mixed-use building comprised of 397 luxury rental residences, offices, restaurants, and shops. A promenade lined with palm trees runs through the building’s spine, and an open porte-cochere marks the main entry.  An eight-level parking deck has separate access for residents and retail customers. Residential amenities include a fitness center, a rooftop pool, and dining terrace with views of downtown. Gary Zvonkovic Photography
With a welcoming retail presence along the street and a bold tower profile, The Paramount at Lake Eola transitions between downtown Orlando and nearby residential neighborhoods. Restaurants, shops and offices occupy a five-story podium in keeping with the low-and mid-rise context. An upscale food market occupies a prominent corner, while a lively retail streetscape reduces apparent mass of the building. A residential tower rises 16 stories above the podium to proudly join the urban skyline. Taylor Architectural Photography
Located at the intersection of Riverside Avenue and Forest Street, 200 Riverside is a mixed-use development designed to transition between an adjacent residential neighborhood and downtown Jacksonville. A tower with 250 residences establishes a strong urban presence, while shops, offices and restaurants on the first floor relate to walkable streets and the existing neighborhood. A linear park will integrate the buildings with an existing lake and create a pedestrian link to the river walk.
Situated on the northern shore of Lake Carolyn in Las Colinas, Texas, Water Street will establish a premier waterfront district and help to define a cohesive downtown. A high-rise tower with 256 residences offers luxury living in a thriving and sophisticated urban context.  A vibrant and diverse mix of upscale shops and restaurants new to the Dallas area, emerging retail concepts, professional office space, and a 26,756-square-foot theater enhance the urban experience. LRK provided architectural services for building five.

Planning/ Urban Design

Located along the Trinity River, Edwards Ranch is comprised of three distinctive communities on 850 acres. Design guidelines afford each community a unique identity. Clearfork is an urban village with a mix of land uses, housing options and building densities. Overland enhances community connectivity and creates an environment for residents to live, work, shop and dine without getting into a car. Riverhills complements the urban village with a gracious neighborhood of estate homes and river views.
A model of New Urbanism since its founding in 1989, Harbor Town enticed a new generation of residents to move downtown, contributing to Memphis’ economic revitalization. The 130-acre community is defined by the Mississippi and Wolf Rivers. Single-family homes, townhouses and apartments embrace pedestrian friendly streets. A thriving village center with shops, restaurants, and offices combine with a hotel, school, marina, and 27 acres of parks and riverfront greenbelts to round out a real town. LRK helped to modify and implement the original land plan, performed Town Architect services, developed design guidelines and was responsible for the architectural design of approximately 60% of all the homes.
Located on the edge of downtown Nashville, the redevelopment master plan for a blighted industrial area, known historically as The Gulch, transforms a 50-acre site into a vibrant mixed-use urban neighborhood. The study area, located in a railroad gulch between the entertainment district and Music Row, is bounded by the interstate on the west and active railroad tracks on the east. As the South’s first LEED for Neighborhood Development certified project, The Gulch integrates the principles of smart growth, urbanism and green building.  The master plan includes a framework of transportation alternatives accommodating transit, pedestrians and bicycles, and maximizing access and mobility from the site to the region. The neighborhood is designed to be compact, pedestrian-friendly and mixed use. Growing strong, the Gulch is already thriving with shops, restaurants, night clubs and nearly 1,000 completed residential units.
This sustainable plan transforms the Addicks Park and Ride Lot and surrounding properties spanning both sides of the 24-lane Interstate I-10 into the heart of the Energy Corridor, creating a vibrant, round-the-clock Live/Work/Play experience. At the core is a landmark bridge lined with buildings leading to and from a new transit facility and multi-level commuter parking structure wrapper with mixed-use buildings offering retail, office, and residential. Curbside parking is provided along most streets and parking garages are located at key intercepts so people can "park once" then walk, bike, or ride transit. The plan envisions green roofs to reduce heat gain and run-off, solar panels, geothermal heating/cooling systems, and wind turbines. Storm water run-off will be directed into recharge rain gardens and sustainable agriculture will be encouraged with rooftop gardens, community gardens, and parks.
Centered upon and extending outwards from a traditional crossroads hamlet, Cherry Hill Village is a new 460-acre master planned community anchored by a historic schoolhouse, church, cemetery, hotel, general store, and a factory built under Henry Ford’s “cottage industry” program. Historic buildings knit seamlessly as focal points within the new commercial and residential fabric. LRK utilized a cooperative partnering process and computer-based community vision survey to create the master plan. The Michigan Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism recently awarded Cherry Hill Village a 2015 Mackinaw Prize.
LRK led a team of five sub-consultants in a master planning and streetscape improvement process to revitalize downtown Bryan, located near College Station and Texas A&M.  Comprehensive in nature, the plan focused on attracting faculty, administrators and students to live, work and play in the downtown area by creating a more engaging district.  A streetscape improvement plan was a key part of the work, emphasizing the development of a pedestrian friendly streetscape and inviting community interaction.

The master plan has been remarkably successful in revitalizing downtown Bryan.  In 2008 alone, 17 new businesses moved into the downtown area and the City is negotiating the redevelopment of six city blocks with a private developer.
Working with the local public housing authority, community redevelopment agency, and community partners, LRK helped apply for and receive a FY2010 Choice Neighborhood Planning Grant from HUD for the Allenton Heights neighborhood, which is centered around the Allenton Heights public housing site. Close to downtown Jackson and a new  retail/wellness center/housing redevelopment, the Allenton Heights Transformation Plan is the result of a public planning process to rectify deteriorated housing, infrastructure, lack of public green space, and poor access to jobs and education. LRK led the design of the housing and neighborhood plans by documenting existing conditions, working with residents and stakeholder to devise a site redevelopment plan, and targeting areas for in-filled neighborhood housing and prototypical housing design. LRK also served as planning coordinator for the planning process, conducting numerous community, stakeholder, advisory and steering committee meetings; coordinating progress reports to HUD; and organizing community partners to produce the Allenton Heights Transformation Plan based upon a clear community vision; revitalization strategies; an action plan; identified community resources; and the capacity of the organizations to carry out the plan.
Baldwin Park is the 1,100-acre redevelopment of a former naval training center just three miles from downtown Orlando, Florida. Citizens of Orlando and adjacent neighborhoods participated in visioning workshops and numerous meetings over a two year period to help refine the redevelopment plan. Their desire for a vibrant Main Street, public access to lakes, a variety of housing types, and established links to the existing neighborhoods was addressed in the design. LRK is the Town Architect and has provided architectural services for the Village Center and a wide range of residential product. Koenig & Company

Mixed-Use/ Retail/ Entertainment/ Restaurant

Once a vital distribution center for the Mid-South, the 1,500,000-square-foot historic Sears building (1927) has been dormant for over 20 years. A herculean revitalization effort is now moving forward thanks to an extraordinary collaboration of local institutions. LRK is working with a non-profit arts-based organization and its partners to redevelop the 10–story building into a “vertical urban village” that integrates residential, commercial, retail, health and wellness, arts and culture, and education. The design weaves a purposeful collection of diverse tenants and varied uses into a precedent-setting mixed-use community that will serve as an anchor and catalyst for further revitalization and economic development in the surrounding neighborhood. Crosstown Concourse is pursuing LEED CS Platinum certification.
This historic hotel (1913), where Elvis Presley gave his first live radio interview to famed disc jockey Dewey Phillips, was rehabilitated as a Department of Interiors historic rehabilitation tax credit compliant mixed-use project. The attached Chisca annex building (1961) was renovated, and together, the two boast 161 apartment units and ground-floor commercial space.  

The project includes a new landscaped urban courtyard along South Main Street; an elevated amenity terrace with outdoor bar area, lounge, and pool; and 140 covered parking spaces in the existing garage, which was also revamped. The renovation of the historic Hotel Chisca and its conversion to a mixed-use building was a uniquely transformative project, presenting the rare opportunity to bridge a major gap in the streetscape between the South Main Historic District and downtown Memphis. The final design celebrates the history of the area by creating a balanced blend between the historic, a modernist addition, and the current revitalization. Ken West Photography
Located five miles east of the New Urbanist town of Seaside, Redfish Village’s engaging mix of shops, restaurants, offices and residences is the newest community to emerge along Scenic Highway 30-A, the road synonymous with thoughtful planning and architecture. A central plaza and open-air pavilion define the village as a convivial gathering spot for residents and visitors. An elevated wooden boardwalk and nature paths connect the village with nearby residential neighborhoods and Redfish Lake. Jack Gardner Photography
With over 45,000 square feet of retail, a full service hotel, 13,700-square-foot conference center, 60,000-square-foot fitness center and 329 residential units,  the LRK-planned CityWay is a neighborhood that offers a true live/work/eat/play environment to downtowners and visitors. Residents and guests will be a part of a sustainable neighborhood hinging on the innovation and technology of sustainable research, such as solar panel street lights, rain gardens and bioswales. Andrew Bordwin Photography
The renovation of the historic Tennessee Brewery building (c. 1890) and construction of the new adjacent Wash House apartments is currently underway with an expected completion of 4th quarter 2017. The $27.5 million restoration project consists of the seven-story Brewery building, which will feature 58 residential units and ground-floor commercial space, and a new six-story, 90-unit apartment building designed to complement the historic Brewery.
To establish a strong corporate image for expansion into the Dallas/Fort Worth market, the award-winning First Horizon prototype branch draws from regional architectural traditions and responds to evolving trends in consumer banking. Native limestone combines with clerestory windows and a dramatic roofline to offer a bold Texan expression and a welcoming retail-oriented presence in suburban settings. Interiors are flexible and respect the inherent demands of the changing technologies. Gary Zvonkovic Photography
Located in the heart of Dallas, The Hill Shopping Center (1977) is undergoing dramatic change as it has not been renovated or restored for the last 40 years. The 236,050 square-foot mixed-use building will be redesigned to meet the growing demand for retail and restaurant experience that provide a sense of place for the Lake Highlands neighborhood. Anchoring the development is the Austin-based TreeHouse green home improvement store, which will span 25,000 square feet. TreeHouse will be 100 percent off-the-grid, storing energy in Tesla’s solar-powered batteries. The store is also the only retailer of Tesla’s PowerWall battery. The Hill will also be the first location the Dallas Metroplex with Tesla super charging stations with 12 on-site stations.