Monthly archives for August, 2014

26 August, 2014 | Recognition

Newly-Named Helix Associates

Helix made two big announcements at this summer’s mid-year all-staff meeting. Jacob Palan and Andrea Glinn were named Associates in recognition of their leadership and contributions to the firm.

Staff architectural designer Jacob Palan leads Helix’s building information modeling (BIM) efforts.  Jacob developed new project delivery standards to improve workflow processes and has implemented firm-wide employee training.  Jacob has served as project architect for some of Helix’s most notable projects, including Sporting Innovation’s corporate headquarters in downtown Kansas City and the latest addition to the University of Kansas Lied Center.  Jacob’s work on Missouri Bank Crossroads was recognized nationally in both Architect and Architectural Record magazines.

Jacob is currently working with the National Museum of Toys and Miniatures to reposition its building for the next 20 years.

Interior designer Andrea Glinn leads the sustainability efforts at Helix.  As a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Associate) accredited professional, she is actively involved in setting the firm’s initiatives and implementing sustainable practices on our projects.  Andrea recently led the programming efforts for Kansas City University of Medicine and Bioscience’s new administration building overhaul and the interior design renovation of the historic Pickwick Hotel into market rate apartments. Both are expected to receive LEED accreditation.  She was also the designer for the “Forever Home” project which provides new offices and shelter for the Midwest Foster Care and Adoption Agencies.

Andrea also has a passion for the arts and has been a part of the KC scene as an active member of Whoop Dee Doo performance art group, designer in the 2008 18th Street Fashion Show, and panelist of the 2014 Arts KC Catalyst Grants.

We congratulate both of you, Jacob and Andrea, and thank you for your leadership within our firm!

13 August, 2014 | Design

Spencer C. Duncan ‘Make It Count’

Helix is a yearly supporter of the Spencer C Duncan Make It Count 5K.  The event honors Spencer Duncan and others who lost their lives while serving our nation.  Proceeds for the event go toward organizations that benefit our veterans.

This year Bryan Gross was the fastest Helix employee, and the fastest in his age group.  Congratulations, Bryan on your first place medal!


Open PhotoBryan Gross Crossing the Finish Line Bryan Gross Crossing the Finish Line

6 August, 2014 | Art

Pop-up Charlie can draw anything for you!

Last week, the Helix office got to experience a day of extra-imaginative creativity.  “Pop-up Charlie” came for a visit to our offices, courtesy of Missouri Bank.  A local Kansas City artist, Charlie Mylie, in his famous conical hat, ink, and watercolor supplies brought to life all the visions we could dream up.  One by one, we sat with Charlie to discuss the finer points of animated pets and kayaking moose.  You can see our favorites of the day highlighted here: “Mark Neibling in Real Life” and “Peyton Attacks!”

Open PhotoMark Neibling in Real Life Mark Neibling in Real Life
Open PhotoPeyton Attacks! Peyton Attacks!

2 August, 2014 | Awards, Helix People

Helix Named One of Kansas City’s “Best Companies to Work For” for the 5th Year in a Row!

Ingram’s “Best Companies to Work For” recognizes workplaces of the highest quality in the greater Kansas City area, those whose management practices, educational and advancement opportunities, benefits and spirit of teamwork set them apart from thousands of other companies throughout the region.

This year, we are very proud to know that Helix is receiving this title for the 5th year in a row!  Thank you Ingrams, and thank you Helix for making our work such an enjoyable experience for all!