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Illinois Creek Ranch

November 3, 2015

It’s been some time since we wrote about Flint Hills Residence #1, which is really the Lockton Residence. This new home is part of Illinois Creek Ranch, a sublime, working cattle ranch in Wabaunsee County, Kansas. We had the distinct honor to work with serious talent on this unique home. George Terbovich and his dedicated staff were the interior designers. David Rogowski from Genesis Structures was the structural engineer. Andy Fritzel and “Cowboy” with Gene Fritzel Construction were the builders. And, of course, our supportive, inspired clients were Kelly and Ron Lockton and their three children. Everything looks simple and straightforward, which is the ultimate compliment to a design team. With more than one third of the U.S. wind capacity located in the Midwest*, pulling off the construction of the glass-enclosed breezeways between the main living areas (cedar “Flint Hills boxes”) was no small structural feat. One of the nicest compliments to date came from Belgian landscape architect Peter Wirtz, who toured the ranch and grounds last spring. He was moved by the uniqueness of the landscape, of the tall grass prairie. Peter appreciated that the house deferred to it’s surroundings and felt that it struck the right balance between honoring the integrity of the site and designing a boldly contemporary project. (more...)

AIA Central States Design Awards 2015

October 26, 2015

A team from el dorado travelled to Des Moines, Iowa two weeks ago to attend the AIA Central States Design Awards Ceremony. We were delighted to accept awards for three projects we recently completed: Speculative Office Building (Honor Award, Architecture), Heartland Habitat for Humanity Prototype Housing (Merit Award, Architecture), and The LUX (Merit Award, Historic Preservation/Adaptive Reuse). (more...)

Mission Gateway

October 6, 2015

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...)

Commerce Street Lofts

September 28, 2015

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...)

Update on Triangle Park

September 11, 2015

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...)