Two bunkhouses that we designed for a Girl Scout camp near Kansas City are entering the final weeks of construction. Camp Prairie Schooner sits high on the bluffs of the Little Blue River, halfway between Lee’s Summit and Independence, Missouri. The camp has 176 wooded acres in all, a wilderness experience only 15 miles from downtown KC.
The Girl Scouts of NE Kansas and NW Missouri selected el dorado to update Camp Prairie Schooner with improved bunk rooms, flex rooms, kitchens, WI-FI, up to 40 campers to use year-round, as well as conditioned bathrooms that serve the whole camp. (more...)
Our paths have recently crossed with Janet Zweig--a Brooklyn-based artist who focuses primarily on kinetic sculptural work in the public realm. Her work is smart and subdued and often involves the spirited movement of many small parts, as can be seen in her three most recent works, described at the end of this post.
eldo is currently teaming with Janet on a piece that has only one moving part, albeit a very large one. "Prairie Logic", will be located on a landscaped roof at 12th and Walnut, in downtown Kansas City. Locals may recognize this location as existing on the same block as Cosentino’s Market and its scantily clad cousin--The Jones pool. (more...)
2011 was a great year to be an eldo. We were busier than ever before--designing buildings, fabricating installations, teaching students at KU and K-State and utilizing a three-man water balloon launcher to enhance a Peter Gabriel billboard across the street. We expanded our staff to sixteen full-timers, with another coming on board next week. In the midst of all this activity we found time to significantly increase the capacity of our eldo-led Design-Build operation.
Although steel fabrication has comprised about 25% of our business since 1996, we didn't fine tune our full service Design-Build operation until 2009. We've completed six projects to date, with two more stellar projects well underway. (more...)
Construction Documents are nearing completion for a residence we're designing in the Flint Hills, a few miles outside of Alma, Kansas. We're excited to see the project's initial vision become translated down to tangible details and connections. Everything is falling into place. (more...)
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...)