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Swope Park Greenhouse

March 31, 2014

  When Kansas City’s Parks and Recreation Department requested a new greenhouse structure and site improvements for their Swope Park facility, we were excited to take on the challenge. We assembled a group of trusted consultants and past collaborators, including Structural Engineering Associates, Vireo (landscape architecture), BGR Engineers (MEP) and SK Design (civil engineering). We added a new face as well. Cincinnati’s Rough Brothers (rhymes with “OW” though we wish it rhymed with “UF”) bring many years of national greenhouse expertise to the team. (more...)

Habitat ReStore Donor of the Month

March 24, 2014

  In the spirit of spring-cleaning, we recently opened our doors to Habitat for Humanity ReStore workers, allowing them to scour piles of construction supplies amassed throughout the years. Together we packed a 16-foot box truck to the brim with scrap metal, wood flooring, security mesh and a whole lotta nuts and bolts before shipping it off to their donation center. Thanks to this, the Habitat ReStore named el dorado the donor of the month for March. (more...)

518-520 Commerce

March 17, 2014

When Craig Slawson, vice president-exploration of Colorado-based Slawson Energy, approached us about renovating three industrial buildings in Wichita, Kansas we were more than excited to jump on board. Slawson, inspired by the thriving Commerce Street Arts District and potential for growth in the area, purchased the warehouses with the intent of repurposing them as live/work artist residences and commercial space allocated for office and business incubator programs. (more...)

eldo appreciates: Ann Willoughby

March 4, 2014

We were always appreciative of Ann Willoughby, but with her recent reception of the 2014 AIGA Medal, we’re taking our appreciation up a notch. Ann is receiving the honor “in recognition of her exceptional achievements, services and contributions to the field of design and visual communication”. Aside from having a city named after you, it’s about the biggest honor a designer can receive—the medal has been granted a total of 185 times since the program was founded in the 1920’s, and of these 185, only 28 have been awarded to women. (more...)

Dan in Winnipeg at Urban Idea Exchange

February 4, 2014

Throughout 2014 the Winnipeg Arts Council will be focusing on programs and events that highlight the importance of the arts and culture to urban areas. Dan was in Winnipeg on January 23rd for the kickoff event--the Urban Idea Exchange, which brought 75 dedicated Winnipeggers to the West End Cultural Centre (yes Centre) to learn about best practices in other cities and to brainstorm on the cultural future of Winnipeg. In spite of low temperatures in the minus-twenties, the symposium had more than enough creative combustion to keep the pipes from freezing. (more...)