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AIA Convention 2011

December 29, 2010

The 2011 National AIA Convention is in New Orleans, and we plan on earning two Participant Ribbons. Firstly, Josh and David will participate in a panel discussion on region-based urban design. In our presentation, aptly named Guns and Rockets, we'll show a few projects and talk about our ongoing quest to incorporate the Midwest's unique urban/rural experience into our work. In particular, we'll use the Hodgdon Powder Facility (Guns) in the Kansas Flint Hills and the TWA Corporate Headquarters (Rockets) in downtown Kansas City to explore the cross-pollination that occurs in el dorado’s work as a result of continually shifting from urban to rural environments and back again. (more…)

Echo Ridge Update

December 29, 2010

We've been hard at work on a project for the Topeka Housing Authority: two duplex units and a Community Center. The projects are part of the THA's Echo Ridge Development, a nine million dollar project in East Topeka resulting from a HUD grant incentivizing sustainable design within low income housing developments. Aside from our work, there are 30 other sustainably designed duplexes in the development (by architect Tim Schaller), marking Echo Ridge as a milestone project on the THA's road to comprehensive sustainability. el dorado was commissioned to design residential prototypes and a community center that push the envelope for green design within this market. (more…)

Happy Holidays from el dorado

December 22, 2010

A New Office for NeighborWorks

December 20, 2010

We recently finished work on the new Kansas City offices of NeighborWorks, located on the 7th floor of One Main Plaza. We were excited to work for a non-profit organization with such a great mission: NeighborWorks America is the country’s leader in affordable housing and community development. They work to create opportunities for lower-income people to live in affordable homes in safe, sustainable neighborhoods that are healthy places for families to grow. Headquartered in Washington, DC, NeighborWorks America operates through a national office and eight regional field offices, including Kansas City, MO. (more…)

DTC Urban Heroes Announced

December 17, 2010

Last week the Downtown Council of Kansas City named el dorado architects one of this year's Urban Heroes, along with nine others. According to the press release: "These awards recognize small businesses and individuals who are passionate about the arts and in making Downtown Kansas City a more vibrant place to live, work and play. The honorees are people and organizations that have improved the quality of life Downtown or made a positive difference in its arts and cultural communities." (more…)