Echo Ridge Duplexes

Topeka, KS United States

El dorado, El dorado, Kelley Construction


Project Description

2012 RADA

Affordable Housing / Merit

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.”


Project Details

Echo Ridge Duplexes
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Project Team:
    Josh Shelton, Principal in charge
  • General Contractor: Kelley Construction 
  • Structural Engineer: Bob D. Campbell & Co. 
  • Mechanical Engineer: Latimer, Sommers & Associates 
  • Landscape Architect: Patti Banks Associates 
  • Civil Engineer: Cook, Flatt & Strobel 
  • Developer: Topeka Housing Authority 
  • Photographer: Mike Sinclair 
  • Project Manager: Steve Salzer 
  • Code Consultant: Code Consulting Services 
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Project Size:
    4,400 sq ft
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Specified Products

Bathroom Fittings/Fixtures and Kitchen Fittings/Fixtures: American Standard,; Cooktop/Dishwasher/Range/Refrigerator: GE Appliances,; Doors: Masonite,; Exterior Siding: CertainTeed,; Garbage Disposal: InSinkErator,; HVAC Equipment: FHP,; Insulation: Dow Building Solutions,, BioBased Insulation,; Modular Green Roof System: LiveRoof,; Paints/Stains/Wall Finishes: Sherwin-Williams,; Roofing: Carlisle Syntec Systems,; Windows: Simonton Windows,



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