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March 15, 2007
Contact: Dan Rockhill, School of Architecture and Urban Planning, (785) 864-4024; or Jeff Fendorf, El Centro, (913) 677-0100.

KU architecture students design, build new home with El Centro Inc. in Kansas City

The house being built by Studio 804.

LAWRENCE — For the second year in a row, University of Kansas architecture students in Studio 804 Inc. have partnered with El Centro Inc., a nonprofit social service and community development agency, to design and build a new prefab home in Kansas City, Kan.

The students recently completed designing the three-bedroom home and started construction. Using efficient prefabrication techniques, the house is being constructed in a warehouse in Lawrence. It will be transported by truck to the site at 3914 Lloyd St., Kansas City, Kan., where it will be completed before the students graduate at the end May.

The home, nicknamed “Core,” is the design/build studio’s most unique project to date. Building on the success of the studio’s previous award-winning prefab projects, this year’s seven-module house is the largest and most ambitious yet.

The 1,500-square foot house will be located just blocks from the KU Medical Center and has an asking price under $200,000. It features a flexible floor plan and includes two full bathrooms and a two-car garage. The kitchen is furnished with sleek modern cabinets and includes energy-efficient appliances. The seven units that make up the home are offset in the middle to separate public from private spaces and to create a bold four-foot cantilever on either side of the house.

The design is contemporary and addresses energy efficiency. The north facade is kept tight to protect from cold winter winds while the south façade is opened up with broad glass to flood the living space with natural light and take advantage of the sun’s heat in the winter. The cellulose insulation in the walls, floor and ceiling is made from recycled materials and offers superior thermal and moisture protection. The home also features other “green” materials including bamboo flooring, recycled content countertops, adjustable thermal window protection, a porous driveway, FSC-approved Brazilian hardwood siding, recycled aluminum siding, ventilating skylights and a white “cool” roof.

Studio 804’s name is derived from the course that serves as the final design studio within KU’s graduate program in the School of Architecture and Urban Planning. Guided by KU Professor Dan Rockhill, 22 students will complete this year’s house. The unique studio sets it and KU apart from any other school in the country. It is an independent not for profit organization that receives no financial support from the university. The studio evolved 10 years ago with small-scale design/build projects. In 1998, this escalated into an affordable housing project for the city of Lawrence wherein the studio designed and built their first house. A precedent was established for the yearly design and construction of a low-cost house. In the intervening nine years, Studio 804 has become more sophisticated by tackling projects of greater complexity. The studio also takes pride in placing their projects in older urban neighborhoods. All three of Studio 804’s previous prefab houses had active buyers before the houses were moved from the warehouse.

Studio 804 began its partnership with El Centro in 2006. Jeff Fendorf, El Centro’s vice president of community development, and the board of directors agreed to partner with the studio on their third prefab house. El Centro assisted with finding an appropriate site, community relations as well as finances.

Studio 804’s three most recent projects have generated national exposure and interest. Their first prefab house won “Home of the Year” in a professional competition from Architecture magazine. This honor was again bestowed to the studio for its house in 2006. The Mod 3 also won Residential Architect magazine’s Judges Award in another recent competition with nearly 900 international submissions by professional architects.

The studio is looking for interested home buyers. For more information about purchasing the home under construction or to donate to Studio 804, go to www.studio804.com. For more information on El Centro, go to www.elcentroinc.com

Studio 804 student participants are listed below by hometown, level in school, major or degree program, parent names and their high school (when available).

DOUGLAS COUNTY
From Lawrence 66046
Nathan Andrew Mast, graduate student in the Professional Master of Architecture program

From Lawrence 66047
Danielle L May, graduate student in the Master's of Architecture program, daughter of Tony and Becky May; 2004 bachelor of arts in architectural studies from KU; Lawrence High School

From Lawrence 66049
Lincoln Landon Lewis, senior in architecture and graduate student in the Professional Master of Architecture program, son of Rebecca Lewis; Lawrence Free State High School

JOHNSON COUNTY
From Leawood 66209
Lindsey S Cunningham, graduate student in the Master's of Architecture program, daughter of Debbie Brown; Academy Northwest/Family Academy, Seattle, Wash.

From Olathe 66062
Brent Michael Kroner, graduate student in the Professional Master of Architecture program, son of Cheryl Kroner; Olathe South High School

From Overland Park 66207
Mitchell A Brown, graduate student in the Professional Master of Architecture program, son of John and Susan Brown; Shawnee Mission East High School

MCPHERSON COUNTY
From McPherson 67460
Jonathan Lee Kaufman, graduate student in the Master's of Architecture program, Bachelor Central Christian College KS

IOWA
From Dubuque 62003
Nathan J. Otis, graduate student in the Master's of Architecture program; graduate of the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

ILLINOIS
From Deerfield 60015
Brady A. Mark, graduate student in the Master's of Architecture program, he 2003 bachelor of arts in architectural studies from KU; Deerfield High School

From Wheaton 60187
Eric Andrew Schlickman, senior in architecture; Wheaton North High School

MISSOURI
From Chesterfield 63005
Ryan James O'Shea, graduate student in the Professional Master of Architecture program, son of Jim and Marlene McBride O'Shea; Chaminade College Preparatory, St. Louis

From Joplin 64801
Zachary Andrew Cole, graduate student in the Professional Master of Architecture program, son of Elwood and Catherine Cole; Joplin High School

Lawren Chandler Jaccaud, senior in architecture, daughter of Steve and Joan Jaccaud; Joplin High School

From Kansas City 64133
Ryan P Walters, graduate student in the Master's of Architecture program; graduate of the University of Missouri, Columbia

From Lee's Summit 64086
Christopher W Wahl, graduate student in the Professional Master of Architecture program, son of David and Kerry Wahl; Lee's Summit North High School

From Manchester 63021
Nicholas Colin Adams, graduate student in the Master's of Architecture program, son of Nick Adams and of Linda Adams; Parkway South High School, Manchester

From Rolla 65401
Suzanne Emily Petersen, graduate student in the Professional Master of Architecture program, daughter of John and Emily Petersen; Rolla Senior High School

From St. Louis 63110
Michael Justin Cook, graduate student in the Master's of Architecture program, son of Glen and Carol Cook; 2006 bachelor of architecture degree from KU; Christian Brothers College High School St Louis

From St. Louis 63124
A. Kyle DeHaven, graduate student in the Professional Master of Architecture program, son of Michael and Wanda DeHaven; Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School

From St. Louis 63128
Theodore Charles Arendes, graduate student in the Professional Master of Architecture program, son of Robert and Betty Arendes; Mehlville Senior High School, St. Louis

Patrick Thomas Knobloch, graduate student in the Professional Master of Architecture program, son of Thomas and Janice Knobloch; Lindbergh High School. St Louis

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