In 2005, Syracuse-based Cameron Group and New York-based GFI Development acquired the old Mission Center Mall site at the intersections of Johnson Drive, Roe Avenue, Roeland Drive and Shawnee Mission Parkway and immediately began working on a new mixed-use development, “Mission Gateway." During the challenging recession years that followed, the development group proposed, without success, multiple urban design schemes, the most recent of which combined Walmart as an anchor tenant, junior anchors above Walmart and a dense variety of small retailers, local restaurants, and multi-unit dwellings. (more...)
We’re gearing up to start construction on another mixed-use residential project in Wichita, in the South Commerce Street Arts District. Commerce Street Lofts is a trio of 33,750 square-foot interconnected buildings, originally built in 1930 and used as a warehouse for plumbing supplies. Railroad tracks running along the buildings’ east facade once provided efficient distribution of the company’s wholesale plumbing and heating products throughout the Midwest. The 2-story brick structures are being converted into residential lofts, creative commercial and office spaces (potentially for a coffee shop and business incubator) and live-work studios for artists. (more...)
Recently we’ve come back to Triangle Park, the stretch of land just east of the I-35 overpass, between Southwest Boulevard, Avenida Cesar E Chavez and West Pennway. After approved funding produced a study of the area through proposed improvements to the downtown area parks and boulevard systems, we designed a few ideas for the small lot, all of which would turn the sad space into a happy place; an actual park, and a place of movement and transition encouraging pedestrian activity.
With a slightly meandering crushed gravel path through the center, shaded on both sides by a series of trees, and enveloped by a lawn on one side and slightly raised planter bed on the other, the park would act as a buffer for traffic noise and pollution from Southwest Boulevard. (more...)
El dorado is looking for a project manager to join our ranks. The position offers a great deal of autonomy and ownership. We are seeking individuals for this position with approximately 12 or more years of experience, licensure preferred but not required, bachelor’s degree in architecture or equivalent / relevant degree from an accredited program. (more...)
Over the years we've been lucky enough to work with Dave Byers, a talented structural engineer and principal of Genesis Structures here in Kansas City. He has helped us with several award winning projects including Cox Communications Distribution Warehouse, Hodgdon Powder Plant Office Structure and the Cellar I Expansion for Boulevard Brewing Company. Two years ago he came to us with a project of his own: to design a simple house for he and his family in rural Lee's Summit, Missouri. Last year we completed the project and we recently got back the finished photography from our friend Mike Sinclair. (more...)