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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...)

Baltimore/Wyandotte Streetscape

August 15, 2011

el dorado's first streetscape project was the conceptual design for the 20th street corridor, a significant east-west link between the Crossroads Art District and the Westside neighborhood. Since then, we've undertaken two more streetscape projects. Both are connected to 20th Street and both expand upon the ideas we proposed for it. At the west terminus of 20th street is West Pennway, a historic parkway and star of last week's blog post. Farther east, in the heart of the Crossroads, we're working on the streetscape design for the stretch of Baltimore and Wyandotte that runs from 20th to 22nd. (more...)

Commonwealth Bus Shelters Completed

August 9, 2011

This spring we designed and fabricated two bus shelters for the Commonwealth redevelopment, located in the heart of Kansas City's Hyde Park neighborhood. Brady, Doug Holda, Aaron and Tim bravely completed the installation under low, threatening clouds, ducking inside only when they thought they saw one of the clouds start to twist a bit faster than the others. (more...)

West Pennway Streetscape

August 4, 2011

On top of our usual slew of building designs, we're busy with a few streetscape projects this summer. el dorado was selected by the Kansas City Department of Parks and Recreation to develop a schematic design for the portion of West Pennway and between 17th and 21st Street. West Pennway is a signature piece of Kansas City’s historic Parks and Boulevards system, a 50′ wide parkway lined with hundred-year-old London planetrees. It’s surrounded by buildings, stone walls, and pieces of parkland that date back to the turn of the century. (more...)