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Raleigh Architect Joins Nationally Acclaimed Firm El Dorado

Ted Arendes of Tonic Design + Tonic Construction moves to Kansas City.

Raleigh, NC, July 19, 2012 --( Tonic Design + Tonic Construction in Raleigh recently announced that designer/project manager, Ted Arendes will join 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 Maginn told 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

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