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Echo Ridge Duplexes

December 14, 2011

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...)

Meet the Daniel

December 2, 2011

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: The Sequel

November 30, 2011

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...)

eldo’s Affordable Housing Makes the News

November 21, 2011

A cold front may have moved to Kansas City this weekend, but our hearts have been warmed by an outpouring of eldo love in the press. Locally, The Kansas City Star devoted a front page article to our Habitat for Humanity prototype house. Last week we unveiled an early schematic design for the home at our Kansas City office, in partnership with Heartland Habitat for Humanity. Over on the eastern cyber-seaboard, The Atlantic Cities featured el dorado prominently on their website. (more...)

reStart Housing

November 18, 2011

We received some exciting news Wednesday from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. President Obama just announced a $749 million grant to fund housing for low-income seniors and persons with disabilities. reStart Inc., a Kansas City organization dedicated to providing shelter and supportive services to combat homelessness, was awarded one of the grants. We’ve teamed with reStart and a stellar team of partners to design a fifteen unit housing complex for this purpose in midtown Kansas City. (more...)