As the educational facilities within Kansas’s Dodge City United School District aged, teachers and students noticed the impact the buildings’ noisy HVAC systems had on the overall classroom experience. The district decided to solve the problem by equipping the schools with sustainable HVAC systems using geothermal technology. The energy efficient solution is expected to provide students with a better education experience, via a quiet environment, while simultaneously reducing the district’s utility bills.
“We work every day to conserve energy,” said Morris Reeves, the district’s energy manager. “Energy conserved is more money for the classroom—that is what we are all about. Ultimately, we want to improve the teaching environment.”
With 10 schools to renovate, the district opted to work on one facility per summer. In 2012, they set their sights on Central Elementary School, a 3252-m2 (35,000-sf) building located in the center of Dodge City.
“[Central] is a two-story brick building constructed in 1927, and....Read the full article The Construction Specifier
In some bigger cities, Michael Ramsey’s concept is the stuff of urbanists’ dreams.
Sure, the concept of living in a parking garage has been tested in Atlanta, but no one has completed a retrofit that quite mirrors the scale of Wichita’s Broadway Autopark.
Over the span of the past two years, Ramsey and his Bokeh Development team have converted a neglected downtown parking garage at 303 S. Broadway into 44 high-end apartment units.
The apartments-in-a-garage officially opened on April 1, and about 20 of the units are already leased or pre-leased, according to Brittany Wahlers, assistant property manager at Broadway Autopark.
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t's not every day that a new building is built from the ground up in Delano, one of the older parts of Wichita, but that's what's about to happen at 559 W. Douglas.
Hayes Co. is building the 9,400-square-foot building.
"We are going to build some of it for us and some of it for lease," says president Will Hayes.
The company, which provides supply-chain solutions for retailers, has an office next door at 567 W. Douglas.
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Since the successful opening of Wichita’s third Doc Green’s Gourmet Salads & Grill near Central and Hillside a year ago, owners Tammi and Scott Kuthan continue to hear a request that they didn’t hear when they opened their restaurant on the east and west sides.
“Why are you not coming to Derby?” customers asked, Tammi Kuthan says.
She and her husband had been looking at Derby and south Wichita, but the requests made them select Derby.
“Derby is growing, and to us, it just has that hometown feeling to it, and we feel like we will just be a great fit,” Kuthan says.
At 3,170 square feet, the site is slightly larger than the College Hill Doc Green’s, which is the largest of three open so far.
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Wichita attracts its share of musical acts, but there are still a lot of concerts it misses.
That's likely about to change with Wave, an indoor-outdoor concert and event venue that promoter Adam Hartke and a group of businessmen are planning along with a beer garden and food truck area near the northeast corner of Second and St. Francis.
Wave, which has a capacity for 3,300 people outside and another 500 indoors, is named in part for sound waves and light waves since multicolored projections will feature prominently in its design.
"It's going to be kind of a sensory experience," Hartke says.
There will be what he calls an "industrial, futuristic" look with metal, concrete, wood and shipping containers.
"It's more of a 'Star Wars' meets 'Mad Max' type of venue."
Hartke says the beer garden, which will have craft beer mostly if not entirely from local breweries, features in the name as well with "a nod to Kansas with amber waves of grain."
There will be space for four food trucks, which can be there even when concerts aren't, along with barbecue from B&C Barbecue, lawn games and eventually a deck.
"I'd been thinking about an outdoor venue for years and years," Hartke says. "We've never had a legitimate outdoor venue."
Wave will have "a full-blown stage with rigging and lighting," says partner Dave Wells, who also is president of Key Construction. "This is the real deal."
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We're always growing and reaching out into our community. Read how we've added new employees over the past year in the Wichita Business Journal.
Integrated Consulting Engineers are proud to be a part of the planning and development of the new innovation campus at Wichita State University. Read the full article in on WSU's website.
We are pleased to be among the forty companies in the Wichita area who are finalists in the 2017 Best Places to Work program. This is the fourth year that ICE has received this honor. Read the full article in the Wichita Business Journal