Helix’s participation in Missouri Bank’s annual Rock Paper Scissor’s tournament came with a special twist this year. Sam Loring won our internal RPS tournament and was quickly dubbed “Samscissorhands.” For his First Friday’s performance, he came in costume and made us proud with pursed lips, reclusive demeanor, and scissors-exclusive throws. Although his clever tactics did not produce winning results, they did give all audiences an opportunity to share in laughter.
The biking culture is alive at Helix, and what better way to celebrate that fact than to combine the biking experience with a good cause. Mark Neibling and Mason Hansen, Helix’s most avid bikers, rode with team “Cutters” in the MS150 the weekend of September 14th and 15th. The route took participants from Olathe, Kansas to South Park in Lawrence, Kansas where members camped overnight. The event was very successful, especially for Team Cutter’s who raised $25,972 for the MS cause!
Design Corps and the SEED Network recently collaborated to bring the Public Interest Design Institute to Kansas City for a two-day conference. The conference was inspired by the ideas and efforts of notable Public Interest Designer Bryan Bell, who has sparked a global movement toward a new approach to design. Public Interest Design goes beyond the typical scope of projects which simply address the architectural needs of the client and community to also consider social, economic, and environmental impacts.
Conference participants were introduced to global and local examples of PID projects. Through an open forum, presenters exchanged opportunities and challenges encountered in PID projects and also discussed the use of the SEED (Social, Economic, and Environmental Design) metric system as a framework for project development.
Public Interest Design has grown in popularity in the field of architecture through publications such as Design Like You Give A Damn, exhibits like MoMA’s Small Scale, Big Change, and organizations such as Architecture for Humanity. Inspired by the ideas and experiences shared at the conference, Helix is eager to implement PID projects and utilize the SEED metric to evaluate design efforts. Helix also intends to include the valuable information and resources gained into future participation with Better Blocks Kansas City and the HOPE Center via Eco Abet.
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.
Helix—along with Treanor Architects, SpecChem, Bishop-McCann, Hubbard & Kurtz, Lankford & Associates, Global Prairie, Kansas City Symphony, T2+Back Alley Films, Snow & Co. and Mildred’s Coffeehouse—participated in the 5th Annual Wicked Walk on Walnut and Wyandotte last Friday. The community was invited to enjoy some Helix Halloween hospitality and encouraged to come in costume.
Enjoy some of the pictures!
Helix Day gives us all a chance to relax, bond with our families, and celebrate the camaraderie that we find at work.
This year it also gave us a chance to yell loudly and wildly in a socially-acceptable setting.
After work last Friday, we packed up and headed over to the Livestrong Sporting Park to tailgate, eat and cheer Sporting KC to a 2-0 victory over Chicago.
This week we are featuring Scott Gibson.
Current Role: Architect
Current Project: Milburn Country Club, KCUMB
What’s your design philosophy?
The best designs come from solving the problems the client didn’t know they had.
How do you break a creative block?
Frank Sinatra and glass of wine usually does the trick.
Why do you do what you do?
I love taking an idea, purifying it, and watching it manifest itself into being.
Best Movie Villain: Darth Vader
World Saving Mission: Probably sounds like a broken record, but bringing quality and resolved design solutions to the masses.
Current Read: Le Corbusier’s Toward a New Architecture
Guilty Pleasure: Burberry, it’s a dangerous obsession
Overrated: People’s Opinion
Underrated: The value of an architect
Coffee or Tea? COFFEE!
Vampires or Zombies? Definitely vampires. Villains with castles and suits, how could you go wrong?
This past Saturday the Helix softball team competed in the Architect’s Summer League Softball Tournament. With 14 teams in the league, Helix’s season record got them a 12 seed in the bracket. But with drive in their hearts and rain in the sky, Helix put up an impressive showing in the tournament. Below are the game scores and highlights.
Helix vs AWA 22 – 11
We hit 3 homeruns in the first game, CJ-1, Joe-1, Eric Solberg-1
Helix vs Populous 19-16
We hit 3 homeruns Jeremy Catlett-2, Ryan Hunter-1
Helix vs HMN 3-18
1 in the park homerun- Tommy Schweitzer
Thank you to the whole Helix team for participating this summer! Let’s have another great season next summer!