An Office for Hodgdon Powder Company / el dorado

© Mike Sinclair

Located in Herington, 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.

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Architects: el dorado inc
Location: Herington, Kansas,
Principal in Charge: Josh Shelton
Project Architect: Sean Slattery, AIA, LEED AP
Furniture Design and Fabrication: Brady Neely
Structural: Genesis Structures
Metal Building Engineering: Steelmaster USA
MEP: Lankford and Associates
Landscape: el dorado inc
Lighting: Derek Porter Studio
General contractor: Kelley Construction Company
Owner: Hodgdon Powder Company
Project Area: 8,500 sqf
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Mike Sinclair

© Mike Sinclair

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.

site plan

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.

floor plan

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.

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Cite: "An Office for Hodgdon Powder Company / el dorado" 25 Jan 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 28 May 2015. <>
  • design.language

    Quonsets…really? When I first saw this project, it brought me back. In my third year of architecture school, our studios were located in utilitarian quonsets with no windows and leaky roofs. They were not “designed” like the offices above. I like the use of wood in the recesses and pops of yellow on the interior. Much nicer than the quonsets I studied in!

  • garagecat

    Very nice use of Quonset huts. With a background in industrial sites, the Quonset has an influence on my tastes in industrial home design. This is a very nice use of beams and corrugations.

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