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18 September, 2014 | Culture, Cycling, Helix People

Helix Bikers Join the 2014 Bike MS

Continuing our company’s “Bike MS” yearly tradition, Helix bikers Mark Neibling and Sam Loring, rode this past weekend with team “Cutters” to raise money for the MS cause.  Their route started in Olathe and ended in Lawrence where a “Gears and Grooves” festival awaited their arrival.  The rewards were worthwhile, as bikers enjoyed food, musical entertainment, and Boulevard Beer, but most importantly made an impact for the MS cause.

Open PhotoTeam Cutters during the Bike MS Team Cutters during the Bike MS
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2 August, 2014 | Awards, Culture, 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!


28 April, 2014 | Culture, Design

Dining By Design

 

“Dining By Design” (DBD) is a Helix favorite because it is a synthesis of two priorities that fall at the top of our list: charitable causes and captivating spaces.  DBD is the signature event for DIFFA chapters nationwide, helping raise millions of dollars for HIV and AIDS education and prevention.    DBD has become very popular in major US cities across the nation, although it was founded right here in the Kansas City Area.

 

This year, a team of Helix designers created a table that took the Pantone color of the year, Radiant Orchid, as inspiration.  The concept of “Nature Reclaiming Design” is executed through the weathered and sophisticated details and highlighted by the “radiance” of the lit candles.

 

We would like to thank Knoll Textiles for their generous fabric donation, the Kansas City community for its support of the DBD event,  and DIFFA for its continued efforts for a noteworthy cause.


Creating a “Better Block”

Last Friday, Helix’s Matt Kleinmann and Carissa Loehr played crucial roles in developing Kansas City’s second ever Better Block KC event. Better Block’s objective is to imagine a ‘complete streets’ vision where temporary design concepts are implemented to highlight the potential viability of a more walkable and sustainable community.

This year’s Better Block focused on introducing the Crossroads neighborhood to a tangible expression of the proposed KC Streetcar. Working with members of such organizations as USGBC, HDR, and KCRTA, Helix sponsored the display of a full-scale streetcar mock-up. The mock-up gave the public a very real experience of how a pedestrian-oriented streetscape can become a catalyst for transit-oriented development.

For more information regarding the concepts addressed in the Better Block model, visit the following link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntwqVDzdqAU

Open PhotoThe chosen site for Kansas City's second annual Better Block demonstration is situated at the corner of 19th and Main Street. The chosen site for Kansas City's second annual Better Block demonstration is situated at the corner of 19th and Main Street.
Open PhotoAfter the Better Block installation, a full-scale KC Streetcar mock-up and kiosks representing corresponding development bring new energy and life to the same location as pictured above. After the Better Block installation, a full-scale KC Streetcar mock-up and kiosks representing corresponding development bring new energy and life to the same location as pictured above.

11 October, 2013 | Art, Culture, Helix People

It’s All Scissors for Sam

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.


2 October, 2013 | Community Outreach, Culture, Cycling

Helix Bikers Join MS 150

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!

Open PhotoPictured above are Mark Neibling and Mason Hansen of Helix riding in the MS150. Pictured above are Mark Neibling and Mason Hansen of Helix riding in the MS150.

Public Interest Design Institute Comes to Kansas City

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.

Open PhotoRebuild South Sudan, Jalle School: Investing in a community with few physical resources and a large population of refugee residents, Rebuild South Sudan recognized an enormous need for education. The Jalle Peace School will include a library, classrooms, computer center, administrative offices, and community space. The standing structure proudly marks the completion of phase one in a three phase project. Rebuild South Sudan, Jalle School: Investing in a community with few physical resources and a large population of refugee residents, Rebuild South Sudan recognized an enormous need for education. The Jalle Peace School will include a library, classrooms, computer center, administrative offices, and community space. The standing structure proudly marks the completion of phase one in a three phase project.
Open PhotobcWORKSHOP, Congo Street Initiative: Engaged in a street transformation of a socially and economically fragmented area of Dallas, bcWORKSHOP partnered with residents and homeowners to develop housing solutions appropriate to the community residents with a high level of design. Place and permanence were key concepts to the Congo Street Initiative; a holding house was first implemented on a vacant lot on the street to allow residents to stay near their home while construction continued on their own residence. bcWORKSHOP, Congo Street Initiative: Engaged in a street transformation of a socially and economically fragmented area of Dallas, bcWORKSHOP partnered with residents and homeowners to develop housing solutions appropriate to the community residents with a high level of design. Place and permanence were key concepts to the Congo Street Initiative; a holding house was first implemented on a vacant lot on the street to allow residents to stay near their home while construction continued on their own residence.

21 May, 2013 | Awards, Culture, 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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29 October, 2012 | Culture, Random peek into Helix

Wicked Walk 2012

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!


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