Monthly archives for May, 2010

20 May, 2010 | Sustainability, Workplace

Reeves Wiedeman Company Moves to Midtown

When the Reeves Wiedeman Company decided to trade its current location in Lenexa for the historic OH Dean Building at 37th and Main, they turned to Helix. We designed the 14,000 square foot, 2-story structure into this plumbing supply wholesaler’s corporate headquarters and showroom. RWCO utilized historic tax credits and will be pursuing LEED Silver certification. Helix’s Joe Jimenez, Ryan Hunter, Jay Tomlinson, Kathy Kelly, and Mason Hansen worked with Project Solutions (a division of JE Dunn) to complete the project.

Helix to Transform Trozzolo’s New Headquarters

Yeah yeah, crumbling interior, asbestos problems, improper plumbing, bla, bla, bla. Been there done that, says Helix. From the looks of this video, Trozzolo isn’t too worried either.

Trozzolo bought a “gem” and asked Helix to help remove the quotation marks.  It will probably take some late nights by Jeff, Lora, Mason, Jay, and Kathy, but this talented team will have the 5 story abandoned pile of $@*# whipped into shape before you can say “Gee Whiz Nice Building.”

Missouri Bank Wins Green Project of the Year

Winning the Associated General Contractors of America “Green Project of the Year” award was an exciting accomplishment for Helix and the rest of the construction team who turned a dilapidated mechanic’s garage into a cutting edge Crossroads Missouri Bank branch. Helix and HarenLaughlin Construction collaborated to produce a LEED Gold project – only the 4th Kansas City building to achieve this feat. While significant structural surprises popped up as construction progressed, the project still finished ahead of schedule and under budget. view article

As a side note, Mainstreet Theater renovation popped up as a finalist under the “Specialty Contractor” division. view article

11 May, 2010 | Thought Leadership

Bryan Gross attends Kansas City Design Center Critiques

The Kansas City Design Center runs a fifth-year design studio for architecture, interior design and urban design students from both the University of Kansas and Kansas State University Schools of Architecture. This past Friday, April 30, was the final end-of-year critique for the 18 students that elected to do their final year of studies in this dynamic Kansas City design lab. Located on Baltimore Avenue between 10th and 11th Streets, the Design Center studio focuses on urban issues and design opportunities within the Kansas City area. This year the focus was on the Crossroads Arts District, the area of KC where Helix’s office resides. Because of our familiarity with the area, and since many of our projects are located within the Crossroads, Bryan Gross was invited to be one of the local design professionals that spent the day examining and critiquing the student projects. The projects included a small pocket park on Southwest Boulevard, a plan to expand Washington Park to the north across the railroad tracks and into the Crossroads, multiple proposals for magnet schools, a media center, residential buildings and parking structures. Many of the projects included proposals to enliven the arts focus of the area with art galleries, outside film projections, and exterior performance spaces. All of the proposals were thoughtful and would have a positive impact on the area.

The Design Center also sponsors public lectures and discussion forums that feature leading architects, urban designers and others interested in design, architecture, and the development of a livable urban context. More public dialogue on how specific areas of KC can expand and evolve can only help our city become a more dynamic, creative and competitive place, and we applaud the Kansas City Design Center for initiating that effort.

10 May, 2010 | Academic, Art

KU Lied Center Addition Breaks Ground

The much anticipated Lied Performing Arts Center addition at the University of Kansas has broken ground! Reeves Wiedeman, Bryan Gross and Jacob Palan can be credited with the design which will increase lobby and office spaces as well as create an educational pavilion. The education pavilion will provide a wonderful space for small performances, lectures, pre-show demonstrations, and patron receptions and parties. “Working on buildings that showcase and enhance the arts is a great privilege for any architect and this project was no exception,” Gross said. Funding for the addition came from the Lied Foundation and the William T. Kemper Foundation. Construction is expected to be complete in the spring of 2011.