A guest blog post by our first eldo prize winner, aka EP1, Zach Grewe.
When I moved to Kansas City in June this year, I was a little unsure of what my summer would be like. I knew a few people that lived there and I’d heard it was an interesting city. But to be honest, I was skeptical that it was going to be an exciting place to spend my time, and I assumed it was going to be just like any other “big” midwestern city. I was, however, excited to begin work. I knew a little about el dorado, and everyone that I spoke to had only good things to say about them; intelligent, award-winning designs, and, on top of that, they had a fabrication shop that I was going to have an opportunity to spend some time in. Even if Kansas city was going to turn out to be as dull as I assumed it would, at least I would have some refuge in the work I was doing. (more...)
Last week, el dorado was recognized with four AIA Kansas Design Excellence awards and two AIA Central States Design Excellence awards at the annual Central States conference in Manhattan, Kan. Both annual awards programs recognize “outstanding architecture coming from the region […] and have been developed to encourage and recognize excellence in design, to elevate public awareness and to recognize the architects, consultants, contractors and owners whose efforts enhance the built environment,” according to AIA CSR. We were honored and humbled to be recognized among such high caliber work from our peers throughout the Midwest. (more...)
Late this summer, the last piece of the Preston Outdoor Education Station at YMCA's Camp Wood was completed and installed on site by a few of the 2015-2016 KSU Design+Make Studio students. The camp is located west of Cottonwood Falls, KS, in the heart of the tallgrass prairie. (more...)
In 2006 artist James Woodfill and el dorado inc worked with the Missouri Department of Transportation, KCMO Public Works and a group of bridge engineers to create a major public/private set of artworks integrated into four bridges over I-670 that connect downtown Kansas City and the Crossroads Arts District. Comprised of the Main Street, Baltimore, Wyandotte and Grand Boulevard bridges, this work became known as Pedestrian Strands. In 2012, anticipating the need for an upgraded bridge to accommodate a new streetcar line, we were commissioned to re-work the Main Street portion of Pedestrian Strands. This work became known as Main Street Redux. Structural cracks were discovered in the Grand Boulevard bridge in May of 2016, and the bridge was closed immediately. Once again, we were commissioned to re-work another portion of Pedestrian Strands. Set to be complete by year's end, we're deeming this latest phase of work Grand Boulevard Redux. (more...)
Each year, Architect Magazine sets out to review firms from all over the country and determine who ranks highest in the categories of business, design and sustainability. Last week we were notified that el dorado was ranked the #11 design firm in the United States in the 2016 Architect 50 Survey. 2016 marks our 20th year of commitment to design excellence in architecture and fabrication. We are thrilled that the survey places us amongst firms we’ve long looked to for design inspiration and business guidance. (more...)