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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‚Äôs 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…)

2010 AIAKC Architect of the Year

December 17, 2010

If you missed the AIA Holiday Party last Tuesday, a quick recap: the cheese dip was simmering, the Boulevard beer was flowing freely, the room was abuzz with architects in cool black attire, and Dan was named AIA Kansas City's Architect of the Year. One of the founding principals of el dorado, Dan has been an active and hard-working member of our design community, serving as a Director on the AIAKC Board before being elected President in 2007. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Charlotte Street Foundation in Kansas City and the Board of Advisors for the Tulane University School of Architecture in New Orleans, still finding time to write for national publications like Dwell and GOOD magazine, and, of course, practice architecture. Congrats Dan.