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12 December, 2013 | Art, Awards, Helix People, Recognition

AIA Architect of the Year

For Jay Tomlinson, this year has brought high-profile recognition to his lifetime achievements. During the annual Kansas City American Institute of Architects Installation of Officers this past Tuesday, Jay was named the AIA KC “Architect of the Year.” This title follows his recent ArtsKC Virtuoso designation and the most prestigious AIA acknowledgement possible, his election to Fellowship earlier this year.

Dubbed an “architectural alchemist, urban revitalist and arts supporter” by ArtsKC, Jay’s transformative efforts are being recognized in big ways. Perhaps his success at creating significant architecture, enhancing artistic endeavors and resurrecting Downtown Kansas City is due to the fact that he views these initiatives collectively, rather than individually.

We congratulate Jay on his most recent 2013 award and, more importantly, the accomplishments that have earned him the recognition!

7 August, 2013 | Awards, Recognition

The Importance of Working with Section 3 and MWBE Businesses

It’s about helping the city build itself, together.

-Reeves W. Wiedeman

Like many of our previous projects—such as the KCFD Station 36, KCPD Headquarters, Highland Place, and the Richard Bolling Federal Building—the KCPD East Patrol Campus has involved an number of MWBE and Section 3 businesses.

Because the East Patrol Campus will be located at 27th and Vine, an area that is predominantly minority populated, Helix felt it was crucial to be as inclusive as possible. We wanted to involve the local community in our design efforts. Out of the twenty-two firms making up the architectural/design team, thirteen are Certified MBE (Minority Business Enterprise), WBE (Women Business Enterprise), or Section 3 businesses. A list of design team participants can be found here. Several people belonging to these firms work at our offices to foster collaboration. Helix has since hired an additional three African American artists to participate on exterior design.

It was important for Helix, led by Principal Reeves Wiedeman, to not only meet the requirements for MWBE/Section 3 participation set by the city, but to exceed them. We view MWBE and Section 3 as sensible programs—programs that make both social and business sense. We received the East Patrol Campus contract when the economy was down and, as prime architect, felt it was our responsibility to encourage the economic growth of the area in which we were working. This decision to surpass the minimum requirements reflects several of our company’s core values (Design, Service, Culture, Operations, and Legacy).

We believe in out-serving our client’s expectations.

Helix believes in making smart, progressive, and environmentally responsible choices.

Helix believes in setting the standards others follow.

Read more about the KCPD East Patrol Campus in one of our previous posts.

21 May, 2013 | Awards, Helix People

Helix recognized as one of Kansas City’s “Best Companies to Work For”

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.

Why, thank you Ingram’s.

And way to go fellow Helixers!

Read the full article in the May 2013 issue of Ingram’s.

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18 February, 2013 | Awards, Design, Helix People, Thought Leadership

Jay Tomlinson Receives Fellowship from AIA

Almost every action Jay Tomlinson has taken over his 30-year career has been oriented around creating a vibrant urban core—whether renovating historic structures or adding new buildings to the landscape.

Since he watched construction workers slip the keystone into the Saint Louis Arch as a young child, Jay has sustained the conviction that well-designed structures lead to more vibrant people and places.

A founding principal of Helix Architecture + Design, Jay built his practice around the question: Is it good for the city? He has engaged in all forms of community building—physical, economic, and cultural to make his city a better place.

Toward this goal, Jay found innovative ways to make preservation work financially viable and environmentally sustainable. He assumed leadership positions in city government to make sure it supports and rewards positive development. And he created and/or led organizations—the Urban Society of Kansas City, the Charlotte Street Foundation, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum Friends of Art—to enrich the fabric of urban life.

Open PhotoAn architectural alchemist, Jay Tomlinson—through his practice, civic service, and arts outreach—brought together architects, artists, entrepreneurs, and government in an explosion of vitality, propelling the largest urban renewal effort in Kansas City history. An architectural alchemist, Jay Tomlinson—through his practice, civic service, and arts outreach—brought together architects, artists, entrepreneurs, and government in an explosion of vitality, propelling the largest urban renewal effort in Kansas City history.
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25 October, 2012 | Awards, Sustainability

Architect’s Top 50

Helix is proud to announce that, as a firm, we are 48th in the U.S. in Design Excellence/Pro Bono architecture and 37th in Sustainability according to ARCHITECT Magazine’s 2012 Top 50 survey.  Check out the other firms around the nation that were recognized by clicking on the image above.

11 October, 2012 | Awards, Design

Developments of Distinction

Congratulations to MO Bank, 18Broadway, Legoland/Sea Life, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and Posty Cards for the honor of receiving the Urban Land Institute of Kansas City‘s Developments of Distinction Awards and to Kay Barnes and Carol Marinovich for receiving Lifetime Achievement Awards. The award ceremony will be November 13th, 2012.

Urban Land Institute – Developments of Distinction Awards 2012 from Mike Varel on Vimeo.

14 August, 2012 | Awards, Recognition

Ingram’s Best of Business

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This month, Ingram’s announced the Best of Business in Kansas City for 2012.  Helix was honored to receive silver in the Architecture and Design Field.  Congratulations to all the Best of Business in KC!

3 November, 2010 | Awards, Design

Helix to Host AIA-KC Social Hour

We know the notice is a bit late, but if you’ve been watching the AIA-Kansas City Events Calendar you know that we’re hosting the AIA’s November Social Hour.

The doors open at 5:30 pm, promptly following the AIA KC Board Meeting. So take this as an opportunity to come down to the Crossroads, say hello, have some snacks, enjoy a beverage, and meet (new?) friends. The event is free and open to all AIA/Architecture-related people. We’d love to see you.

Where’s Helix?

1629 Walnut
Kansas City, MO 64108

Click here for our location on Google Maps.

If you happen to get lost on your way over, give us a call at 816.300.0300 and we’ll do our best to sort you out.

See you tonight!

18 August, 2010 | Awards, Thought Leadership

Helix Project Featured in Magazine For Outstanding Lighting Design

Keep your eyes open for the July/Aug issue of Architectural Lighting Magazine. Helix’s design for the Power & Light Utility Bridge won Commendable Achievement in this year’s Light and Architecture Design Awards. The bridge was one of only eleven projects chosen from a pool of over eighty entries to be featured based on outstanding lighting design and innovative solutions.

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