National Center for Drug Free Sport

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Architectural designs originate from numerous sources. For the Drug Free Sport renovation project, the careful design of the mechanical system assisted in the unification of diverse work and meeting spaces into a cohesive whole. In the system, a highly functional mechanical and electrical delivery spine was created to serve a variety of private and public functions. Rather than merely hiding the presence of the spine, the design uses color and lighting to emphasize its importance as a tool to differentiate space. As a result, common spaces benefit from an unexpected dynamism. The internal functions of the project were also allowed to inform a well proportioned external courtyard, to be utilized by the client and the surrounding neighborhood. The end result of the structural / mechanical integration is an experientially rich project, both spatially and visually. In addition to an extremely vibrant interior color palate, El Dorado coordinated site-specific art installations by May Tveit (interior) and James Woodfill (exterior).
  • 2010
  • Architect
  • Kansas City, MO
  • 12,850 SF


  • A&F Real Estate

Eldo Team

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


  • Contractor: Turner Special Projects


  • James Woodfill
  • May Tveit


  • 2007 AIA Central States Region Design Awards - Honor Award
  • 2007 AIA Kansas City Allied Arts and Craftsmanship Awards - Merit Award
  • 2007 AIA Kansas City Design Excellence Awards - Merit Award
  • 2007 AIA Kansas City Young Architects Forum - Honor Award
  • 2008 KC Home Design Design Excellence Awards - Gold, Interior Office


Photography by

  • Mike Sinclair


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