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Barnes-Bisset Residence

November 15, 2012

We recently put the finishing touches on a project many years in the making. Since we began the renovation in 2004, Rob Barnes and Karen Bisset have steadily grown into their Mission Hills home, adding to their collection of modern furniture, and watching their children grow up in the open and spacious expansion. (more...)

Johnson County Justice Annex

November 6, 2012

Last fall, officials at Johnson County presented us with a unique challenge. Renovate an old Dillons grocery store to house three different departments of the JOCO Justice System–the Sheriff’s Office, Court Trustees, and Court Services. We set out on a difficult task: to “Un-Dillonize the Dillons,” and turn the shell of an old grocery store into a stately civic facility. This isn’t to say that Dillons isn’t an institution in its own right. Jonathan S. Dillon started selling groceries at his Sterling, KS general store in the 1890s. In 1913 he expanded his operation, opening the first J.S. Dillon Cash Food Market in Hutchison, Kansas. (more...)

Mission Peak Capital

October 30, 2012

This summer we finished designing and building an office for Mission Peak Capital, a financial firm in the Crossroads. Our work at 1908 Main included the historic renovation of a two-story masonry and wood framed structure, as well as a small addition to the back of the building. Originally constructed in 1926, 1908 Main is a Kansas City landmark, the historic headquarters of the Jackson Democratic Club and the office of Thomas J. Pendergast. (more...)

ARCHITECT 50 Leadership Lab

October 24, 2012

Dan travels to New York this week as el dorado’s ambassador to the ARCHITECT 50 Leadership Lab. He’ll speak in a segment called “Firms on the Frontier,” beside Martina Decker of Decker Yeadon, Gordon Gill, AIA of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill and Gregg Pasquarelli, AIA, of SHoP Architects. The Leadership Lab runs from Wednesday, October 24th to Thursday, October 25th. It’s a sort of meeting of the architectural minds to discuss strategies for success in a business that’s constantly changing and evolving. It will be held in Times Square, in Renzo Piano’s New York Times Building. Pretty cool, we think. (more...)

17th Street Streetscape

October 16, 2012

We recently wrapped up the final stakeholder meeting for the 17th Street Streetscape project inside the cool, colorful, skeleton-clad walls of the Mattie Rhodes Art Gallery, conveniently located on 17th Street itself. As anyone who lives or works in the neighborhood knows, there are a lot passionate folks in the Westside. Stakeholder meetings are a great way to focus that passion, to organize a diverse neighborhood for effective action. The project, undertaken in 3 phases, sets a precedent for LED lighting to be introduced into the public right-of-way. The first phase focuses specifically on lighting under the I-35 bridge. (more...)