Boulevard Brewery Co. Expansion

Elegant detailing and a reverence for natural light create a cathedral to brewing

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Boulevard Brewing tapped El Dorado and our design-build team to expand their facility at the corner of 25th Street and Southwest Boulevard just west of the Crossroads Arts District in Kansas City. Working within the footprint of a historic 100-year-old brick structure, we proposed expanding up, creating a new tower for eight stainless steel tanks. Each tank is 38 feet tall and will hold 300 barrels of dry hop beer. The addition was shaped by an underground river that runs below the northwest corner of the building, channeled by dual 9’x18’ box culverts. We sliced the tower volume to run parallel to the underground river. The “slice” created a wall of north-facing glass which opens up views of the facility and engages southbound traffic emerging from under a rail overpass. Vertical mesh panels reduce solar heat gain on the southwest and northeast facade while still allowing views of the tanks, which are especially visible when illuminated at night.
  • 2012
  • Architect, Fabricator
  • Kansas City, MO
  • 2,000 SF


  • Boulevard Brewing Company

Eldo Team

  • Principal: Josh Shelton, AIA
  • Project Manager: Chris Burk
  • Project Architect: Steve Salzer, AIA


  • Structural Engineer: Genesis Structures
  • MEP Engineer: PKMR
  • Lighting Designer: Derek Porter Studio


  • 2012 AIA Central States Region Design Awards - Honor Award
  • 2012 AIA Kansas City Design Excellence Awards - Merit Award
  • 2012 ARCHITECT Magazine Annual Design Review - Citation Award
  • 2013 AZURE Magazine AZ Award - Commercial Architecture Finalist
  • 2013 The Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Award


Photography by

  • Mike Sinclair


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