Text description provided by the architects. 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.
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.
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.
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.