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el dorado designed 4 units of affordable housing for Echo Ridge Duplexes in Topeka, Kan.

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echo ridge duplexes, topeka, kan.

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  • Planted roofs and balconies grace the units' upper levels.

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    Planted roofs and balconies grace the units' upper levels.

  • Sunlight washes the units' interior walls, thanks to careful window placement.

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    Sunlight washes the units' interior walls, thanks to careful window placement.

  • The entire project is designed to let breezes sweep through and provide cross-ventilation.

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    The entire project is designed to let breezes sweep through and provide cross-ventilation.

  • A central courtyard helps provide a sense of community.

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    A central courtyard helps provide a sense of community.

  • Fiber-cement board creates a rainscreen cladding. Its colors vary, so over time old boards can be switched out with no noticeable difference.

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    Fiber-cement board creates a rainscreen cladding. Its colors vary, so over time old boards can be switched out with no noticeable difference.

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    Fiber-cement board creates a rainscreen cladding. Its colors vary, so over time old boards can be switched out with no noticeable difference.

  • A ground floor plan of Echo Ridge Duplexes.

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    A ground floor plan of Echo Ridge Duplexes.

  • A second-floor plan of Echo Ridge Duplexes.

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    A second-floor plan of Echo Ridge Duplexes.

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The jury praised the innovative nature of this four-unit affordable housing project, part of a larger development in Topeka, Kan. “It’s a really creative architectural approach,” said a judge. Principal-in-charge Josh Shelton, AIA, of el dorado credits the Topeka Housing Authority for its willingness to take risks. “They gave us the freedom to rethink what a duplex is,” he says.

El dorado staggered the units so the walls could gain exposure to cross-ventilation and natural light. A central courtyard gives the residents a semi-private place to gather, and upper-level balconies provide another outdoor option. The variegated coloring of the project’s fiber-cement board rainscreen siding allows its pieces to be easily switched out in the future. “We were thinking ahead about maintenance strategies,” Shelton says. He also notes builder Kelley Construction’s attention to detail. “They put in such a meticulous level of craftsmanship.”

 


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project credits

principal in charge: Josh Shelton, AIA, el dorado; project manager: Steve Salzer, AIA, el dorado; general contractor: Kelley Construction, Topeka; developer: Topeka Housing Authority, Topeka; structural engineer: Bob D. Campbell & Co., Kansas City; mechanical engineer: Latimer, Sommers & Associates, Topeka; code consultant: Code Consulting Services, Smithville, Mo.; landscape architect: Patti Banks Associates, Kansas City; civil engineer: Cook, Flatt & Strobel, Kansas City; project size: 1,100 square feet per unit; units in project: 4; site size: 0.5 acre; construction cost: $115 per square foot; rental price: income-dependent; photography: Mike Sinclair Photographer.


product details

bathroom fittings/fixtures and kitchen fittings/fixtures: American Standard, www.americanstandard-us.com; cooktop/dishwasher/range/refrigerator: GE Appliances, www.geappliances.com; doors: Masonite, www.masonite.com; exterior siding: CertainTeed, www.certainteed.com; garbage disposal: InSinkErator, www.insinkerator.com; hvac equipment: FHP, www.fhp-mfg.com; insulation: Dow Building Solutions, www.building.dow.com, BioBased Insulation, www.biobased.net; modular green roof system: LiveRoof, www.liveroof.com; paints/stains/wall finishes: Sherwin-Williams, www.sherwin-williams.com; roofing: Carlisle Syntec Systems, www.carlislesyntec.com; windows: Simonton Windows, www.simonton.com