el dorado inc | 

Rethinking Triangle Park

September 23, 2011

We’ve been here long enough to know that the Crossroads Arts District has has a lot going for it. Good food, a strong arts community, a steady influx of residents, surface parking, train clatter, historical buildings, a bar named Rhythm and Booze—we could go on. One thing it’s lacking is green space. To sustain that influx of residents, the Crossroads needs parks, dog-walking zones, and trees—places people can hang out in that aren’t paved over. There’s a small triangular lot just off of Southwest Boulevard, as the road crosses east under I-35. The lot is bounded by Pennsylvania Avenue and Avenida Cesar E. Chavez. Although it’s at a crucial entrance to the city, the lot is overlooked, and usually abandoned. (more...)

Echo Ridge Duplexes

September 19, 2011

We made the short drive down I-70 last week to check up on the construction progress of the Echo Ridge Duplexes in Topeka. Kelley Construction has nearly finished attaching the Hardi-Board panels of varying widths and shades to the wood sleepers of the rainscreen system. Even with piles of construction materials strewn about and no landscape to speak of, the shaded courtyard already makes you want to stop and hang out for just a minute, and enjoy the cool breeze drifting through it. The concrete has been poured and the forms stripped off of the first custom eldo sandbox, and the steel awning on the second level patio has been welded and bolted firmly in place. (more...)

eldo recommends: IOU/USA

September 16, 2011

If you look out the second floor window of el dorado’s Crossroads office at most any time of day, you’ll see the trains that pass through Union Station, carrying shipping container upon shipping container. Climb the hill to Penn Valley Memorial Park and you’ll see more of the same, 117 shipping containers in all. In the hands of the artist John Salvest, however, they’re means to a completely different end. (more...)

Two New eldos

September 9, 2011

We welcomed two more members into the eldo family this month, Christy Turner and Aaron Jensen. Oddly enough, these two were fully grown when they arrived- Aaron in particular was quite large and hairy. Christy comes to us with over ten years of construction and project management experience. She's been instrumental in el dorado's current Design/Build projects, namely the Boulevard Brewery Expansion. (more...)

University of Kansas Fall Lecture Series

September 6, 2011

We el doradans consider fall to be the greatest season of the year. Now, on top of football, cookouts, campfires, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and the autumn weather, you can add an exciting lecture series to your list of things to look forward to. The University of Kansas School of Architecture, Design, and Planning Fall Lecture Series kicks off this Thursday at the Lawrence Arts Center with Lars Spuybroek. He runs NOX, an art and architecture studio in Rotterdam, Netherlands. (more...)