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February 13, 2013

Our largest Design/Build project to date is just months away from completion. The windows were delivered yesterday to the job site in Leawood, Kansas. Soon the plastic weather barrier will come down and the storefront system will go up, followed closely by drywall to cover the metal framing that’s already up inside. After the window system is in place, we’ll attach perforated aluminum solar shades to the face of the concrete structure. Right now, the building looks like this. (more…)

Architectural Record’s Boulevard Tour

February 1, 2013

Tours of the Boulevard Brewing company are usually booked for months in advance. Whether it’s the chance to peek inside the operations of a revered beermaker or the promise of a free glass of a yet-to-be-released brew, there’s something about the brewery tours that really draws people in. You don’t need to hang around Southwest Boulevard sheepishly trying to peer through the perforated screen of the new addition. Just pick up a copy of this month’s Architectural Record. Under the precise title “Top of the Hops,” there’s a great spread of our Cellar 1 Expansion, set against the iconic smokestack bearing the Boulevard name, under a sunset worthy of a J.M.W. Turner canvas. (In this case, the “painter of light” was the one and only Mike Sinclair) (more…)

Flint Hills on Our Minds

January 23, 2013

Once again our minds have retreated to the Flint Hills. There, as we speak, icy winds are whipping through rust-colored grasses and brand-new buildings are emerging from the frozen ground. We have two projects under construction in the region, thoughtfully named the Flint Hills Residence I and the Flint Hills Residence II. We’re just starting another, a renovation of a long-abandoned historic structure. (more…)

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…)