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Tonic Design + Tonic Construction’s Ted Arendes moves to Kansas

Ted times two.

City.

July 17, 2012 (Raleigh, NC) – Tonic Design + Tonic Construction in Raleigh recently announced that designer/project manager Ted Arendes has joined the nationally acclaimed firm El Dorado in Kansas City, Missouri.

Arendes is a graduate of the University of Kansas. He worked with Dan Rockhill at Studio 804 in Kansas before joining Tonic, a construction-led, design/build studio located in Raleigh.

For five years, Arendes has worked on both the design and construction sides of the firm, both in the office and in the field. He has managed construction on many of the firm’s modernist houses, including the award-winning Smart-Stell residence in Durham; the Crabill residence in Hillsborough, which was featured in Dwell magazine in March of 2012, and the Rank residence currently under construction in Pittsboro.

“It isn’t easy to find someone who is talented and highly skilled at both design and construction,” said Tonic co-owner Katherine Hogan. “Usually you have someone who is much stronger in one area. That’s why it has been great working with Ted. And we couldn’t be happier for him that he’s found a position in such a prestigious firm as El Dorado.”

No doubt that dual expertise appealed to the El Dorado principles. As El Dorado partner Dan Maginntold Dwell in 2006, “The bottom line is that architects should know how to build. The best way to know how to build is to get in there and do it.”

Tonic co-owner Vinny Petraca noted, “One of our first clients told me that, in any profession, you never know how much time you will spend with your colleagues. He told us, challenged us, to make each day count and to push each project to the highest limit because you never know how long, or short, that moment together will be. Ted has always been motivated to achieve success. I am so proud of our time with him. We definitely made our time together count.”

El Dorado was founded in 1996. Its primary office in is Kansas City, MO, and the firm maintains a satellite office in Wichita, Kansas. For more information visit http://www.eldo.us.

For more information on Tonic Design + Tonic Construction, visit www.tonic-design.com.

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(July 10, 2012) — Tonic Design + Tonic Construction, a design/build firm in Raleigh, has entered three house in the inaugural George Matsumoto Prize for modernist residential design in North Carolina built since 2006.

This unique design competition is sponsored by Triangle Modernist Houses (TMH). One of the many things that make it unique is that the designers’ names aren’t concealed. (Most of the houses entered are already archived on Triangle Modernist Houses’ extensive online archive of residential designs throughout North Carolina.) Another is that the designers can be from anywhere but the houses entered must be in this state. The Matsumoto Prize also allows the public to cast its votes for favorite houses among those entered. A professional jury, chaired by Frank Harmon, FAIA, will also determine the winners with the public vote counting as an additional “judge.”

Following are Tonic’s entered houses and links to the TMH pages on which the public may cast its vote (one vote per email address)…

  1. The John & Stacy Crabil House (be sure to watch the video!) http://www.trianglemodernisthouses.com/vote-6
  2. The GREENville House (Bobby & Kristi Walters’ residence) http://www.trianglemodernisthouses.com/vote-13
  3. Bahama Modern http://www.trianglemodernisthouses.com/vote-16

The Prize is named for noted modernist architect George Matsumoto, who will serve as a honorary judge.

Public voting closed Sunday, July 22, at 5 p.m. The winners will be announced during an Awards Reception on August 2, 7 p.m., in the new AIA NC Center for Architecture and Design in downtown Raleigh.