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Grand Boulevard Redux

September 21, 2016

In 2006 artist James Woodfill and el dorado inc worked with the Missouri Department of Transportation, KCMO Public Works and a group of bridge engineers to create a major public/private set of artworks integrated into four bridges over I-670 that connect downtown Kansas City and the Crossroads Arts District. Comprised of the Main Street, Baltimore, Wyandotte and Grand Boulevard bridges, this work became known as Pedestrian Strands. In 2012, anticipating the need for an upgraded bridge to accommodate a new streetcar line, we were commissioned to re-work the Main Street portion of Pedestrian Strands. This work became known as Main Street Redux. Structural cracks were discovered in the Grand Boulevard bridge in May of 2016, and the bridge was closed immediately. Once again, we were commissioned to re-work another portion of Pedestrian Strands. Set to be complete by year's end, we're deeming this latest phase of work Grand Boulevard Redux. (more…)

eldo ranks #11 nationally in Arch 50 survey

September 12, 2016

Each year, Architect Magazine sets out to review firms from all over the country and determine who ranks highest in the categories of business, design and sustainability. Last week we were notified that el dorado was ranked the #11 design firm in the United States in the 2016 Architect 50 Survey. 2016 marks our 20th year of commitment to design excellence in architecture and fabrication. We are thrilled that the survey places us amongst firms we’ve long looked to for design inspiration and business guidance. (more…)

eldo joins Facades+ Conference

July 29, 2016

In September, Josh will speak at The Facades+ Conference hosted by New York based Architect's Newspaper here in Kansas City. The two-day conference is intended to “cover issues unique to the region including innovative building skins, high performance facades, and the future face of Kansas City.” The event covers three main topics: Materials + Surfaces: Crafting a Façade; (Re)Designing Downtown; and Parametric Facade Optimization at All Scales. Josh will be speaking in the Materials + Surfaces symposium along with Bill Zahner of A.Zahner Company and Paul Neidlein of JE Dunn Construction. (more…)

eldo wins national AIA Award

July 14, 2016

We are thrilled to share the news that the Girl Scouts Camp Prairie Schooner was named a 2016 national AIA Small Projects award winner. This year’s theme was “Small Gesture, Big Impact,” and intended to recognize projects that make a noticeable impact with measured and thoughtful gestures through architecture. (more…)

Planning Art and Infrastructure in Calgary

June 21, 2016

In the spring of this year, a multidisciplinary consultant team led by art practice Sans façon was selected to collaborate with The City of Calgary Utilities and Environmental Protection Department (UEP) to create phase II of their public art plan. Luckily for el dorado, we were part of this team! We’ve been inspired by the vision of phase I — one of the programs that resulted was WATERSHED+, a visionary arts initiative created by Sans façon with the Water Resources & Water Services division that, through embedding artists and their creative processes within the core activities of the UEP, provides Calgarians opportunities to build an emotional connection to their precious watershed ecosystem. With Phase II gearing up, el dorado is excited to fully immerse itself in Calgarian culture, to perfect the western Canadian accent, and to learn the rules of hockey once and for all. (more…)