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An Office for Hodgdon Powder Company / el dorado

  • Architects: el dorado
  • Location: Herington, Kansas, USA
  • Principal In Charge: Josh Shelton
  • Project Architect: Sean Slattery, AIA, LEED AP
  • Furniture Design And Fabrication: Brady Neely
  • Metal Building Engineering: Steelmaster USA
  • Mep: Lankford and Associates
  • Lighting: Derek Porter Studio
  • General Contractor: Kelley Construction Company
  • Owner: Hodgdon Powder Company
  • Area: 8500.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2007
  • Photographs: Mike Sinclair

© Mike Sinclair © Mike Sinclair © Mike Sinclair © Mike Sinclair

From the architect. Located in Herington, Kansas the new office for Hodgdon Powder Company utilizes a Quonset hut system of construction that allows an extremely functional yet dynamic space for the company’s employees.  The design plays to the strengths of the pre-engineered system by focusing the major modifications to the end wall assemblies, allowing the dual-corrugated, structural panels to remain largely intact.

site plan
site plan

This project illustrates el dorado's  belief that a dynamic workplace contributes positively to staff productivity and can assist with brand reinforcement. The design goal with the Hodgdon Powder facility was to prove this true even on a “bare bones” industrial project such as this.

© Mike Sinclair
© Mike Sinclair

The program, 8,500 sqf, called for a reception, meeting space, offices, dining, and locker rooms.  El dorado chose to separate the uses into three buildings orienting them around a garden of native plants and outdoor circulation.

© Mike Sinclair
© Mike Sinclair

El dorado worked closely with Steelmaster USA to design a Quonset hut, examining the appropriate size and span, that could accomodate the needs of the Hodgdon Powder Company.

© Mike Sinclair
© Mike Sinclair
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