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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...)

The el dorado Experience

August 31, 2011

We really caught the teaching bug this year. Last week, two fifth-year master's studios embarked on what we like to call "the el dorado experience." (Actually nobody calls it that.) But it's an experience nonetheless. For the sixth semester in a row, we're teaching a studio at the University of Kansas, and, for the first time, we'll be leading one at Kansas State University. (more...)

eldo Juries 2011 A|L Design Awards

August 24, 2011

Architectural Lighting magazine just announced the winners for the 2011 Light & Architecture Design Awards program. They covered a wide range in scale - from a public plaza to an art collector's loft - and in budget - from an office for 2,000 employees in Essen, Germany to a modest pub in Oklahoma City. At least one eldo was not surprised by the results. This spring, at the invitation of editor Elizabeth Donoff, David flew to Washington D.C. to join a distinguished jury in reviewing the 119 entries. (more...)

Echo Ridge Community Center

August 19, 2011

Construction is winding down on Topeka's Echo Ridge Development. Let's take a second to travel to the capitol city. Today it's 82°, an incredibly beautiful day in an otherwise scorching summer. The good men at Kelley Construction are fastening the cedar slats to the awning frame at the Echo Ridge Community Center. The sun is glinting off the corrugated metal facade, and the steel awning is casting long shadows on the coursed Kansas limestone. (more...)