A new art collection is traveling among Kansas City’s businesses, and Helix has several of the specially selected pieces. The Kansas City Collection was formed to raise awareness of regional artists. Every six months the works will rotate among 10 corporate partners including; Barkley, Bishop-McCann, Kauffman Foundation. To learn more about this collection or to inquire about purchasing one of these works of art, visit www.thekccollection.com.
Helix has begun schematic design on The Museum at Prairiefire which will serve as a cultural landmark in Southern Johnson County. What is unique about this museum? It will house the first and only remote branch of New York’s famous American Natural History Museum (featured in the film A Night at the Museum). The American Natural History Museum will be displaying 20 popular and highly acclaimed traveling exhibits in our area over a ten year period. Look forward to visiting our city’s newest cultural landmark while visiting the other attractions in development for Prairiefire at Lionsgate on 119th between Nall and Lamar. www.celebrateprairiefire.com
It’s time we let you in on one of our secrets: Helix has a cycling team. While this group is notorious in our office for flaunting their free-style rides, they have been known to dabble in events of a more official (and challenging) nature.
On Saturday, July 3, Helix’s very own cycling team joined cycling fanatics from all over at the Firecracker 100 in Ottawa, Kansas. The team participated in the annual event whose proceeds went towards the Kansas Jaycees Cerebral Palsy Ranch.
You may wonder why it looks as if team Helix is alone on the road; when the crew was confronted with this minor detail during their presentation at our weekly meeting they assured us it had something to do with their impressive speed and ability to keep ahead of the pack. And while the Helix crew appears to be having fun strolling through the beautiful fields of Kansas, rest assured, their collective dedication and fortitude was put to the test.
If you see the team on their regular weekly rides or at cycling events around the Midwest, sporting the new Helix cycling uniform, be sure to say hello!
As Shirley Helzberg’s third big production in 10 years, the historic Vitagraph Film Exchange Building at 17th and Wyandotte proved to be her most challenging. Fighting through city reviews, permits, and TIF financing approval, Shirley persevered to create a true work of art in Crossroads. The call sheet included a utility pole disappearing act, new set lighting, and a long scene where a very cool parking garage just seemed to emerge from nowhere!
This is not the Vitagraph’s debut appearance. It has been associated with the film industry for years as a Warner Bros. warehouse/distribution facility. Today, however, the building’s leading anchor tenant role will be played by the Kansas City Symphony. Helix’s Trudy Faulkner and Jay Tomlinson who have worked with Shirley on prior productions will once again be added to the credits of another successful preservation of Kansas City history.
The much anticipated Lied Performing Arts Center addition at the University of Kansas has broken ground! Reeves Wiedeman, Bryan Gross and Jacob Palan can be credited with the design which will increase lobby and office spaces as well as create an educational pavilion. The education pavilion will provide a wonderful space for small performances, lectures, pre-show demonstrations, and patron receptions and parties. “Working on buildings that showcase and enhance the arts is a great privilege for any architect and this project was no exception,” Gross said. Funding for the addition came from the Lied Foundation and the William T. Kemper Foundation. Construction is expected to be complete in the spring of 2011.