Cox Communications Distribution Center

A sustainable warehouse that directly expresses utility.

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This warehouse and distribution center requested a striking visual presence along with cost efficiency. The project’s pre-engineered metal building system is specifically calibrated to the site, program, and environmental footprint. A soaring cantilever provides shelter for loading and unloading and protects the building’s metal skin from the southern sun. Low, horizontal vents along the longitudinal north and south facades provide high-pressure intake for a passive convective cooling system. Finally, a clerestory window running the length of the building allows the roof plane to “float” above the wall plane, generating natural interior lighting during the day and indirect exterior lighting at night.
  • 2007
  • Architect
  • Topeka, KS
  • 9,500 SF


  • Henderson Development, Inc

Eldo Team

  • Principal: Josh Shelton, AIA
  • Project Manager: Sean Slattery, AIA, LEED AP BD+C


  • Contractor: Kelley Construction
  • Structural Engineer: Structural Engineer Associates
  • MEP Engineer: Lankford Fendler + Associates
  • Landscape Design: Off the Grid


  • 2010 AIA Central States Region Design Awards - Honor Award
  • 2009 Architectural Lighting Magazine AL Design Awards - Outstanding Achievement
  • 2008 Associated General Contractors of Kansas - Honor Award
  • 2007 AIA Kansas City Design Excellence Awards - Honor Award


  • ArchDaily, “Cox Communications Distribution Center / El Dorado”, 2010
  • Architectural Lighting, PDF, 2009
  • Architectural Record, PDF, 2009
  • Metro Magazine, Dave Link, PDF, 2009
  • Architectural Lighting, Sallie Moffat, PDF, 2008
  • Metalmag, Krista Hovis, PDF, 2008
  • Kansas City Star, Steve Paul, PDF, 2007
  • Kansas City Star, Steve Paul, PDF, 2007

Photography by

  • Mike Sinclair


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