Hodgdon Powder Facility

A unique workplace that makes a bold statement about brand identity

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The design goal for Hodgdon Powder Facility was to prove that a building could elevate workplace productivity in a signature structure on a “bare bones” industrial budget. The program, 8,000 square feet, called for a reception area, meeting space, offices, dining facility, and locker rooms. el dorado chose to separate the uses into three buildings, orienting them around a garden of native plants and outdoor circulation. The facility utilizes a Quonset hut system of construction that allows an extremely functional yet dynamic space for the company’s employees. el dorado worked closely with Steelmaster USA for the unique design, examining an appropriate size and span that would accommodate the needs of the client. The end result is a design that 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.
  • 2007
  • Architect
  • Herington, KS
  • 8,000 SF


  • Hodgdon Powder Company

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
  • Civil Engineer: Cook, Flatt & Strobel Engineers
  • Code Consultant: Jeff Boyle


  • 2007 IESNA - Illumination Design Award
  • 2008 AIA Central States Region Design Awards - Citation Award
  • 2008 KC Home Design Design Excellence Awards - Bronze, Contemporary Architecture
  • 2009 AIA Kansas City Design Excellence Awards - Citation Award
  • 2009 Architectural Lighting Magazine AL Design Awards - Commendable Achievement


Photography by

  • Mike Sinclair


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