Prairie Logic / el dorado

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Architects: el dorado
Location: , MO, USA
Architect In Charge: Dan Maginn, FAIA
Year: 2012
Photographs: Mike Sinclair, Videtech, Courtesy of el dorado

Heartland Habitat for Humanity / el dorado

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Architects: el dorado
Location: Kansas City, MO,
Architecture Team: Josh Shelton, AIA, principal-in-charge; Steve Salzer, AIA, project manager; Brandon Froelich, project designer
General Contractor: Tom Lally
Area: 2325.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Mike Sinclair

Public Architecture’s 1% Program Provides Projects for Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity; architects

Public Architecture is an organization with a simple goal: to address public interest through architecture and solve problems of human interaction within the built environment.  The San Francisco based non-profit was established in 2002 and in its past ten years it has served as a forum for public discourse, education and advocacy for the design of public spaces and amenities.  In 2005 it launched its 1% program, a now nationally recognized portfolio of pro-bono work by architects and firms ready to donate 1% of their year’s billable hours to provide work for nonprofit organizations requesting a variety of services that strengthen their architectural identity and community impact.  To date, there are 1100 firms registered with the 1% program.

Echo Ridge Duplexes / el dorado

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Architects: el dorado
Location: , Kansas, United States
Principal in Charge: Josh Shelton, AIA
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Mike Sinclair

Camp Prairie Schooner / el dorado

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Architects: el dorado
Location: , Missouri, United States
Principal In Charge: Douglas Stockman, AIA
Project Manager: Sean Slattery, AIA
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Mike Sinclair

Boulevard Brewing Company Cellar 1 Expansion / el dorado

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Architects: el dorado
Location: Kansas City, , United States
Principal: Josh Shelton, AIA
Senior Associate: Chris Burk, Steve Salzer, AIA
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Mike Sinclair

Architecture City Guide: Kansas City

This week our Architecture City Guide is headed . With more boulevards than any other city except Paris, is commonly called “Paris of the Plains.” Although its architecture might not rival Paris, there is plenty of great architecture, and as always it was difficult to keep our list to only 12 designs. is also the headquarters of this year’s AIA National Firm Award, BNIM. Take a look at the list and add to it in the comment section below.

The Architecture City Guide: City list and corresponding map after the break.

May 2011 Issue of the Charrette from Tulane School of Architecture

The Tulane School of Architecture, theCharrette presents its May 2011 Issue. The culmination of a year with a new image for the publication, theCharette has included in this issue key architectural topics at Tulane and adjacent realms including the Richardson Memorial Hall renovations with FXFOWLE and .

Included in this issue is the latest update from Byron Mouton and students who have completed URBANbuild build 06 house at 1821 Toledano. Also don’t miss the articles featuring Dutch Dialogues and .

Willoughby Design Barn / el dorado

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Complementing an existing 1880’s farmhouse on a working farm outside of Kansas City, , Willoughby Design Barn is utilized as an event space in connection with the client’s work as a graphic designer / business identity consultant. Aside from the industrial and agricultural functions that comprise the entire lower level of the barn, the program includes an open event space, an insulated and climate controlled utility / toilet room area, and a sleeping loft.

Follow the break for drawings and photographs of this project designed by el dorado.

Architects: el dorado inc
Location: , Missouri, USA
Project Area: 2,750 sqf
Photographs: Mike Sinclair

Pedestrian Strands / el dorado

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Collaborative work between artist and architect, Pedestrian Strands is a quasi-permanent installation on four bridges in downtown City, Missouri.  Renovating the decks of these bridges was intended to extend the usefulness of the bridges for another ten years, after which full replacement will be required and the re-application of Pedestrian Strands reconsidered. At the insistence of the Downtown Council and the Crossroads Community Association, these renovations were to include increased attention to the pedestrian experience.

More photographs following the break.

Architects: el dorado inc
Location: Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Lighting Designer: James Woodfill, Inc.
Client: Downtown Council of Kansas City | City of Kansas City, Missouri, Public Works
Photographs: Mike Sinclair

5 Delaware Lofts / el dorado

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As with many urban centers, Kansas City has a wonderful collection of turn of the century low to mid-rise buildings within the urban core. It is the re-use of older buildings that has promoted the ideal of loft living, having the city as a personal backyard. While many existing buildings still need to be renovated, 5 Delaware represents a new approach – a new, modern structure sensitively placed in one of the numerous empty lots downtown.

More photographs, drawings, and project description of 5 Delaware Lofts by el dorado following the break.

Architects: el dorado inc
Location: Kansas City, Missouri,
Project Team: Doug Stockman, Dan Maginn, AIA LEED AP, Sean Slattery AIA LEED AP, Doug Hurt, Brady Neely
General Contractor: Schweiger Construction Company
Owner: Marketview Properties, LLC
Project Area: 46,150 sqf
Photographs: Mike Sinclair

An Office for Hodgdon Powder Company / el dorado

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Located in , 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.

More photographs and drawings following the break.

Architects: el dorado inc
Location: Herington, Kansas, USA
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

Cox Communications Distribution Center / el dorado

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The site is a light industrial office park of conventional box buildings primarily from the 1960s and 1970s located in , .  Cox Communications Distribution Center is the first building within the park to be renovated, as the owner has decided to revamp the entire park over the next several years.  With a limited budget, the architects of el dorado were asked to create an innovative, yet simple tone for future development.

Follow the break for more photographs and drawings of the new Cox Communications Distribution Center.

Architects: el dorado inc.
Location: Topeka, Kansas, USA
Principal in Charge: Josh Shelton
Project Architect: Sean Slattery, AIA, LEEP AP
Custom Steel Fabrication: Doug Hurt
Structural Engineers: Genesis Structures
Metal Building Engineering: Steelmaster USA
MEP: Lankford and Associates
Landscaping: el dorado inc
Lighting: el dorado inc
General Contractor: Kelley Construction Company
Owner: Henderson Development, Inc.
Project Area: 9,200 sqf
Project Year: 2007
Rendererings: el dorado
Photographs: Mike Sinclair

Unitarian Fellowship of Lawrence / el dorado

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The Unitarian Fellowship of is located on a rural site about 10 miles south of , Kansas. For years, the Fellowship held services within an existing 1880’s one-room schoolhouse. In the late 1960’s, the church added a classroom wing, which allowed the Fellowship continued growth. During the summer of 2006, the church elected to construct a new entry lobby and sanctuary large enough for 150 members, with a committee-based design process.

Follow the break for more photographs and drawings.

Architects: el dorado inc
Location: Lawrence, Kansas,
Principal in Charge: Josh Shelton
Project Architect: Steve Salzer, AIA
Structural: CEO Engineers
MEP: Lankford and Associates
Landscape: Off the Grid
Lighting: Derek Porter Studio
General Contractor: Kelley Construction Company
Furniture Design and Fabrication: Zeke Henry
Owner: The Unitarian Fellowship of Lawrence
Project Area: 4,000 sqf
Project Year: 2008
Renderings: el dorado inc
Photographs: Mike Sinclair

Tyler Residence / el dorado

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, Kansas, is a typical mid-ring suburb characterized by modest, well-built homes, a leafy hardwood tree canopy and good public schools that make it an attractive location for young families. Current trends (economic downturn notwithstanding) lean towards tearing down existing homes (arguably historical, with most homes in this part of having been built in the early 1940’s) and maximizing new designs to allowable build lines and volumes.

More photographs and drawings of Tyler Residence following the break.

Architects: el dorado inc
Location: Leawood, Kansas, USA
General Contractor: C+G Construction
Structural Engineering: Genesis Structures
Project Area: 625 sqf (Garage Playroom), 145 sqf (Edmund’s Bedroom)
Project Year: 2010
Renderings: inc
Photographs: Mike Sinclair

The Finn Lofts / el dorado

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The Finn Lofts is located in the heart of what has come to be known as the commerce street arts district in Wichita, Kansas. The project converts an early century warehouse building into a community of dwellings, and retail spaces that compliments the local art community.

More photographs and drawings following the break.

Architects: el dorado inc
Location: Wichita, Kansas,
Structural Engineers: BDC
MEP Engineers: PKMR
General Contractor: Farha Construction
Landplan-landscape arch/civil engineering: code consultant services
Owner: Finn’s Lofts LLC
Project Area: 30,757 sqf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Mike Sinclair

Botwin Building / el dorado

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The Botwin Building is located at a busy urban intersection within the Waldo neighborhood of downtown City. Largely comprised of small businesses, the historic Waldo Theater building, was part of this vibrant neighborhood. In February 2007 the building sadly burned to the ground. The owner, an invested Waldo community member, decided to rebuild immediately. The architects were asked to preserve the scale and footprint of the original building, but to ‘replant’ the corner, exploring the latest ideas about urban infill and sustainability. The Botwin Building opened its doors in September 2008.

The collaborative effort between architect, owner, consultants, and artist resulted in an award winning building. The Botwin Building recently received an Honor Award at the AIA Kansas City Design Awards 2010, along with an AIA Central States Region, 2008 Architectural Citation Award, and an IESNA Illumination Design Award 2009.

More photographs and drawings following the break.

Architects: el dorado inc
Location: , Missouri
Principal in Charge: Josh Shelton
Project Architect: Steve Salzer, AIA
Custom In-house Fabrication: Brady Neely, Chris Burk
Structural Engineers: Bob D Campbell and Company
MEP Engineers: Lankford and Associates
Lighting: Derek Porter Studios Lighting
Integrated Art: Anne Lindberg
General Contractor: Hoffman Cortes
Owner: Botwin Family Partners, LP
Project Area: 12,500 sqf
Project Year: 2008
Renderings: el dorado inc
Photographs: Mike Sinclair