Monthly archives for July, 2012

25 July, 2012 | Helix People

Friday Happy Hour

Strawberry Basil Lemonade

Every Friday, Helix staffers gather round the fireplace to relax after a long week’s work.  Last Friday, Erin Stork and Danielle Vevea were the guest bartenders stirring up a great lemonade with fresh strawberries and home-grown basil.  What a refreshing escape from the heat!

Look for more guest bartending features in the future.

24 July, 2012 | Design, Workplace

Project Peek: Global Prairie

For Global Prairie, an integrated communications firm with offices in eight U.S. states, Helix created a progressive workplace based on the Net ’n Nest concept. The idea was to design an office where lawyers, executives, strategists, and creative professionals could meet and collaborate (net) and also a place where they could do focused individual work or handle critical and confidential information (nest).

A variety of work spaces including benched seating, alcove sofas, conference spaces, and telephone rooms were designed to promote interaction and communication between young talent and industry veterans, accommodate employees seeking more quiet, private space, and support small-group collaboration.

19 July, 2012 | Helix People

Make It Count 5K

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Helix is proud to sponsor the inaugural Spencer C. Duncan Make It Count 5K Run this summer in honor of the one year anniversary of a fallen member of the Helix family. Army Specialist Spencer C. Duncan was killed in action on August 6, 2011. Spencer is the son of Dale Duncan, principal architect at Helix Architecture + Design.

We invite you to join us in celebrating the life of this young hero. Please take a moment to view the attached link, share it with your friends, and consider how you might want to participate in this exciting new event. Weather you like to run, walk, volunteer, or cheer, we hope to see you August 4th.

Helix Goes Solar!

This week, the installation of the Helix Roof Top Solar Array has been coming to a close. Thanks to Brightergy for working through this heat, Helix will now be able to harness and monitor the solar power beaming upon our building. Here are a few images of the array installation overlooking the KC skyline.

18 July, 2012 | Design, Helix People

Helix Participates in the Eco Abet Summer Charette

Helix participated in the second annual Eco Abet Summer Charrette again this year with Eric Bosch, City Architect (Capital Projects Office). This year…the East Police Campus Team took on the challenge. Team members were:

Eric Bosch – City of Kansas City Missouri, City Architect
Bryan Gross – Helix
Ryan Hunter – Helix
Darius Hollwell – Helix
Carly Pumphrey – Helix
Trudy Faulkner – Helix
Diana Page – DLP Architectural Drafting and Consulting, LLC
David Clanton – Pendulum Studio

This year, our team worked with Vicky Smith and the Ubuntu Community Center at 4327 Troost. The connected buildings at 4327 and 4329 Troost were purchased in the fall of 2011 with the intent to serve the children and families in the community. This purchase was inspired by the Emerald City Project, a grassroots movement to support the revitalization of the Troost Avenue corridor of Kansas City, MO. The two buildings quickly earned the title of “Ubuntu Village” as the vision of community building blossomed. Ubuntu is an African philosophy which means: “I am what I am because of who we all are.” The intent is to create a place where people gather to develop and/or share their unique talents and gifts to enhance the community.

For more information – Eco Abet website: for more information about what Eco Abet does.