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Design+Make wins big

April 27, 2017

March was a good month at el dorado. We were notified that the 2015-2016 Design+Make Studio project, Preston Outdoor Education Station, won a special mention in the Architizer A+ Awards, as “work that exhibits remarkable achievement and that scored in the top 15% of entrants from 100 countries.” Then, a week later, an A+ Award for Student Work in AZURE Magazine’s AZ Awards, one of 70 finalists chosen from more than 800 entries arriving from 41 countries. Finally, to complete the hat trick, the Preston Outdoor Education Station received an American Architecture Award, given by The Chicago Athenaeum. (more…)

Interstate Flats

April 12, 2017

We recently completed the new Interstate Flats in midtown and Mike Sinclair caught some beautiful photos just before the holidays. Located along Kansas City’s historic Amour Boulevard, the Interstate Flats were home to the Interstate Bakeries Corporation Headquarters from 1952 until it’s relocation to Texas in 2009. In 2013 Chicago-based developer Silliman Group seized the opportunity to extend its community revitalization efforts and purchased the property. To date, more than 28 properties have been renovated and have contributed to the complete revival of the historic boulevard. Unlike any of the other restored properties, all dating from the early 1900s, this building provided a unique opportunity to (more…)

Upper Harbor Terminal

March 15, 2017

During the fall of 2016 Coen + Partners and el dorado inc were engaged by United Properties, First Avenue Productions and Thor Companies to lead master planning and urban design efforts for a 48-acre site in Minneapolis fronting the Mississippi River. The site, adjacent to a robust and diverse North Minneapolis Community, offers a unique opportunity to re-engage the river as a celebrated civic gesture while re-invigorating its longstanding history as a manufacturing hub through the introduction of smart industry and a range of innovative housing options. (more…)

el dorado expands leadership

March 7, 2017

In 1996, we founded el dorado in the Crossroads Arts District of Kansas City as part architecture firm, part fabrication shop, and part art gallery. The neighborhood was just beginning to take shape: artists holed up in abandoned buildings; tumbleweed blew down streets empty of hip galleries and rustic coffee shops; and artist Jim Leedy was the spiritual leader. Our practice was an experimental platform, assembling artists, makers, and designers to meet in studios and raw exhibition spaces to envision new ways of working. We considered ourselves outlaws, and with our friends in the Crossroads, we were right at home. Over the years, we have helped build and grow the Crossroads and Kansas City at large, forming a design and fabrication team that now extends our unique platform regionally and nationally. (more…)

el dorado bids Doug a warm farewell

March 6, 2017

After 20 years of design excellence and business leadership, Douglas Stockman recently informed his close friends and colleagues at el dorado that he will be retiring his esteemed jersey and stepping out into the world for a brave new adventure. Immediately, this involves some traveling and thrill-seeking with his wife Amanda and their two kids, Sarah and Liam. We consider Doug and his family part of the great family of el dorado and will miss their exuberant dominance of our many games of street football and foosball in the shop, having stretched across countless late evening BBQs at 510 Avenida Cesar E Chavez. (more…)