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Trail Center at Camp Prairie Schooner, Kansas City, Mo.

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Trail Center at Camp Prairie Schooner, Kansas City, Mo.
El Dorado
Kansas City, Mo.

When the Kansas City, Mo., firm El Dorado designed this 48-bed bunkhouse project for a local Girl Scout camp, they faced an especially tight budget. So they tried to use as many existing resources as possible, placing the two bunkhouses close to a main road to tap into city utilities. The site also adjoins the camp’s longtime dining hall, where many of the girls’ activities take place. “We tried to create a little community of buildings,” says principal Douglas Stockman, AIA, whose own daughter is a Girl Scout.

Inexpensive materials, deployed cleverly, dress up the project’s basic forms. “I love it because of the simplicity and color,” said one judge. Alternating shades of corrugated metal siding contrast with cement-board panels painted the bright hues of Girl Scout cookie boxes. Interior light fixtures came from a designer (and former Girl Scout) found on Etsy.com. And the bunk beds were designed and built by students in a Kansas State University studio, taught by Stockman and fellow El Dorado principal David Dowell, AIA.

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Project Credits

Principal in charge: Douglas Stockman, AIA
Project architect: Sean Slattery, AIA
Design staff: Brandon Froelich
Landscape architect: Heidi Pollmann, LEED AP, Confluence, Kansas City, Mo.
General contractor: Jeff Wasinger, Haren Laughlin Construction, Lenexa, Kan.
Developer: Girl Scouts of Northeast Kansas and Northwest Missouri
M/E/P and fire suppression: David Deatherage, PKMR Engineers, Overland Park, Kan.
Civil engineer: Mary Claire Amer, Wallace Engineering, Kansas City
Structural engineer: Steve Huey, Wallace Engineering
Project size: 2,215 square feet per unit
Units: 2
Site size: 176 acres
Rental price: $120 per night per unit
Construction cost: $180 per square foot
Photographer Mike Sinclair

Product Details

Bathroom fittings: Sloan Valve Co. sloanvalve.com
Bathroom fixtures: American Standard americanstandard.com
Concrete flooring stain: Insl-X insl-x.com
Countertop surface: Formica formica.com
Dishwasher: Whirlpool whirlpool.com
Doors: Celco Doors masonite.com
Exterior siding: Firestone Metal Products firestonemetal.com; James Hardie jameshardie.com; Polygal polygal.com
Garbage disposal: Emerson emerson.com
Hardware: Cal-Royal cal-royal.com
HVAC: York york.com
Insulation: CertainTeed certainteed.com
Kitchen cabinet surface:Formica formica.com
Kitchen fittings and fixtures: American Standard americanstandard.com
Lighting: Acculite junolightinggroup.com
Oven: Whirlpoolwhirlpool.com
Paints/stains/wall finishes: Benjamin Moore benjaminmoore.com
Refrigerator: Whirlpool whirlpool.com
Roofing: Firestone Metal Products firestonemetal.com
Skylights/roof windows: Sunglo sungloskylights.com
Windows: Marvin Integrity integritywindows.com