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mobank Customer at the Forefront of Innovation, Creativity

Tuesday March 19, 2013

At mobank, we’re proud to serve some of the most innovative customers not just in Kansas City, but worldwide.

Take el dorado inc., an architectural firm that has distinguished itself with industry-leading designs in unique and varied applications. 2012 was a banner year for el dorado. They received multiple national awards as well as international awards for their design excellence.

“Design awards remind us, even if it's just for a moment, that we in Kansas City are an active part of a national and international culture of design, innovation and quality,” said David Dowell, AIA, an el dorado principal.

el dorado, based in the Crossroads district, won a trifecta in the Annual Design Review by the American Institute of Architects’ official national magazine, Architect, for the following projects:

  • The Bunkhouse at Camp Prairie Schooner, a Girl Scout facility in Jackson County, allows girls to camp in a natural setting while enjoying amenities such as Wi-Fi, indoor plumbing and air conditioning.

    The Bunkhouse at Camp Prairie Schooner
  • Troost Avenue Bridge is part of a thoroughfare structure over Brush Creek in Kansas City. Along with local lighting designer Derek Porter, el dorado created a pedestrian experience – part infrastructure, part public art.

    Troost Avenue Bridge
  • When Boulevard Brewing Co. needed to expand to accommodate eight new 40-foot-tall tanks to brew beer, they worked with el dorado. The result is a glass-and-perforated-aluminum-panel-clad vertical addition, making the tanks accessible for monitoring and for adding ingredients 24 hours a day, during all seasons.

    Boulevard Brewery

Interior Design, a leading design industry publication, named Troost Bridge and the Bunkhouse as “best of the year” projects in 2012.

A fourth project, the Broadway Overpass over Interstate 670 for the City of Kansas City, Mo. and Missouri Department of Transportation, won the Les Grube Memorial Design Award. This honor, once won by internationally prominent architect Frank Gehry, is presented for the most innovative use of chain-link fence by the Chain Link Fence Manufacturer's Institute.

Broadway Overpass

Finally, Canadian Architect presented its Award of Excellence to el dorado for 1st Street SW Underpass Enhancement for the City of Calgary, Alberta, with Marc Boutin.

And this is only a sampling of their awards.

Dowell credits Kansas City clients for fostering innovation and creativity that are putting his firm and our town on the cultural map.

“There is a difference between basic and elegant problem solving,” Dowell said. “Without clients seeking elegant solutions, innovative work doesn't exist.”

“David and his colleagues are emblematic of our customer base,” said Grant Burcham, mobank president and CEO. “We treasure the opportunity to be financial partners with emerging, visionary industry leaders like el dorado.”

Dowell adds, “2013's off to a roarin' start as well. el dorado was recognized by Hanley Wood at the International Builders Show as a 2013 Fast Forward Honoree for ‘leadership, innovation and vision in leading the residential design and construction industry out of the recession.’ We've been nominated for the prestigious 2013 Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in Architecture. And, just recently we learned we are nominated for the 2013 Marcus Prize. Past winners include Diébédo Francis Kéré, Alejandro Aravena, Barkow Leibinger and MVRDV. We're looking forward to another great year.”

Go el dorado. Go.

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