2011 was a great year to be an eldo. We were busier than ever before--designing buildings, fabricating installations, teaching students at KU and K-State and utilizing a three-man water balloon launcher to enhance a Peter Gabriel billboard across the street. We expanded our staff to sixteen full-timers, with another coming on board next week. In the midst of all this activity we found time to significantly increase the capacity of our eldo-led Design-Build operation.
Although steel fabrication has comprised about 25% of our business since 1996, we didn't fine tune our full service Design-Build operation until 2009. We've completed six projects to date, with two more stellar projects well underway. (more...)
Construction Documents are nearing completion for a residence we're designing in the Flint Hills, a few miles outside of Alma, Kansas. We're excited to see the project's initial vision become translated down to tangible details and connections. Everything is falling into place. (more...)
The Topeka Housing Authority hired el dorado to design two duplexes and a community center as part of a new sustainable housing development in Topeka, Kansas. We just finished the duplexes, and the community center is nearing completion as well. The four units are arranged in a stacked configuration to create a shared interior courtyard. The second level of each unit has a private, shaded patio and a planted roof. Affordable materials such as cement board panels and a standard, repeated window size lowered construction costs and made the sustainable features possible. (more...)
We welcomed another eldo into the fold in November, a young man by the name of Daniel Renner. He's already wowed us with his sketchbook, filled with hand drawings of Carlos Scarpa buildings, rendered in intricate detail with a fine-point .20 mm pen. He has yet to wow us with his metal guitar abilities, but he assures us that, yes, he used to play in a metal band, and yes, he’s as adept at head-banging as he is at drawing. (more...)
Pizzabella, that glowing vessel of wood-fired pizza and ingredient innovation, is expanding south to Overland Park. We're a month into design of the second location at 105th and Indian Creek Parkway, four years after finishing the first Pizzabella here in the Crossroads.
It's been a lot of fun working with the owners– Chef Quillan Glynn, Hilary Glynn, Tom Boles and Shari Boles. We've found they're as passionate about good design as they are good food. (more...)