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Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

January 21, 2013

“...even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American Dream.” 50 years ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial and delivered a speech at what he correctly called “the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.” It’s fitting that today, on the day set aside to honor Martin Luther King Jr., our first African-American president will begin his second term. It’s one more step toward the realization of Dr. King’s dream, a realization that’s drawn ever closer but is still very much a work in progress. (more…)

The Warehouse at KCAI

January 18, 2013

el dorado Design/Build’s first two higher education projects are complete, both at the Kansas City Art Institute. We wrapped up The Warehouse in November, and the KCAI Fiber students wasted no time filling the building with work for their end of semester show. Two blocks down the street, the Foundations Building just passed final inspection. No doubt the first year students will give it the same treatment when spring classes begin later this month. (more…)

ARCHITECT Design Review Hat Trick

January 11, 2013

Hat Trick: noun 1. Three successes of the same kind, esp. consecutive ones within a limited period. 2. (chiefly in ice hockey or soccer) The scoring of three goals in a game by one player. We’re honored to announce that three el dorado projects are winners in ARCHITECT Magazine’s 2012 Annual Design Review. The awards were chosen from projects that were completed this calendar year and either located in the United States or designed by firms from the United States. There were 21 winners in all, and the categories–BOND, GROW, LIVE, MOVE, PLAY, WORK–suggest the action and energy needed to complete these inspiring projects. (more…)

eldo tours EXLTUBE

January 8, 2013

el dorado was founded by a group of architects fascinated by steel. We started off with a basic understanding of the stuff, and after sixteen years we’re gotten incrementally better at designing and building with it. From day one, we found ourselves drawn to HSS (Hollow Structural Section) shapes, commonly known as “steel tube”. We like steel tube. We respect steel tube. We own an Applebees in Little Rock with steel tube...but in the presence of the EXLTUBE, we’re mere novices. These guys make steel tube, and lot’s of it. (more…)

The el dorado architects Foundation

December 18, 2012

During the holidays, we share our time and our gifts with the people who are important to us. This year we formed the el dorado architects Foundation for that very reason. We’re donating money to education, culture, the arts, and the people who advance them. The Foundation is a commitment to biannual, long-term giving to organizations that we value. Simply put, it allows us to formalize what we’ve been doing all along. (more…)