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Girl Scouts Camp Prairie Schooner

August 2, 2012

It’s just not summer without summer camp. We recently had the chance to revisit our childhood camping adventures (the campfire songs, the water balloon fights, the poison ivy) while designing two bunkhouses at Girl Scouts Camp Prairie Schooner. The buildings, sited along a gravel path between the dining hall and fire ring, were completed this spring and dubbed California Trail and Oregon Trail. We don’t expect the Girl Scouts to spend too much time in the bunkhouses--there are just too many things to do at Camp Prairie Schooner. Practice markmanship on the archery range. Fly through the forest on a zipline. Cool off in the swimming pool. Descend the camp’s 40 foot tall rappel tower. (more...)

Boulevard Cellar 1 Expansion

July 25, 2012

Southwest Boulevard is a remarkable Kansas City street--a mess of storage facilities, lumber yards, candy-apple red nightclubs and Mexican restaurants serving Sunday morning menudo. Right before the Boulevard crosses under the railroad tracks and enters the Crossroads, you’ll find one block of fully intact, turn-of-the century brick warehouses, stepping up and down before sprouting muscular stainless steel tanks and a lone smokestack. This is the home of the Boulevard Brewing Company: tenth largest craft brewery in the U.S.; largest American-owned brewery in Missouri; and the source of untold thousands of empty bottles in our recycling bins over the years. We completed the Boulevard Cellar 1 Expansion at the beginning of the summer. We served as both architect and general contractor for the building portion of the project, an exciting addition to el dorado’s Design/Build portfolio. (more...)

eldo recommends: Local Pig

July 19, 2012

Summer in Kansas City is one of the finest times to be a carnivore, the devastating heat made bearable by the smell of slow-smoked meat. Both heat and meat were present on a recent Friday afternoon at el dorado. A few brave students from our K-State summer studio fired up the charcoal grill on eldo’s shade-starved “outdoor patio” along Avenida Cesar E. Chavez. The rest of us took shelter in the cooler confines of the shop to reap the rewards of their labor–sausages and burgers from the Local Pig Charcuterie. The food was summarily devoured. A survery was taken, and the results are in. eldo recommends Local Pig. (more...)

An All-Star Dedication at Mulkey Square

July 11, 2012

Tuesday’s All-Star game had Kansas City broiling with excitement. There were All-Star parades, celebrity sightings on The Plaza, and baseball watch parties throughout the city. Out-of-towners took pilgrimages to the Negro Leagues Museum, filled FanFest at Bartle Hall, and consumed unparalleled amounts of barbecue. Fans across the country watched the National League overpower the American League under the Kauffman Stadium fountains on what proved to be one of the nicest nights of the summer. While those festivities were fantastic, the real action took place Tuesday morning in the Westside neighborhood, under the Kansas City skyline. There, in a heated t-ball game, the Guadalupe Yankees faced the Guadalupe Royals on the brand new field at Mulkey Square Park. (more...)

KCAI Fiber Department

July 6, 2012

The Kansas City Art Institute’s fiber department encompasses a far-reaching list of disciplines–painting, printing, dyeing, weaving, pattern design, sewing, alternative fashion and costume design, knitting, crochet, basketry techniques, felting, spinning and papermaking–an exciting convergence of new technology and traditional craftsmanship. The common thread (ha ha) is that in each of the often-overlapping disciplines, students learn a physical craft by making. el dorado was hired in February as both architect and general contractor to renovate a 10,000 square foot warehouse for the fiber department. (more...)