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.
The in-house material library at Helix is pretty fabulous, but it pays to keep an eye out for something different. Our librarian, Marcie Miller-Gross, is always on the lookout for what is new and exciting in the world of architecture and design. Transmaterial is one resource she looks to for information and relays some of the more intriguing articles around the office for inspiration.
Thought that solar energy could only be harvested from flat panels? Rawlemon of Barcelona suggests something new: β.Torics, a spherical solar technology. We definitely believe in solar energy here at Helix – it will be interesting to see where this prototype goes!
For Global Prairie, an integrated communications firm with offices in eight U.S. states, Helix created a progressive workplace based on the Net ’n Nest concept. The idea was to design an office where lawyers, executives, strategists, and creative professionals could meet and collaborate (net) and also a place where they could do focused individual work or handle critical and confidential information (nest).
A variety of work spaces including benched seating, alcove sofas, conference spaces, and telephone rooms were designed to promote interaction and communication between young talent and industry veterans, accommodate employees seeking more quiet, private space, and support small-group collaboration.
Construction is well underway at Milburn Country Club. Here are some images from the walk through last week. As you can see, the views from all around the building are stunning and the membership excitement is stirring! Enjoy!
This week, the installation of the Helix Roof Top Solar Array has been coming to a close. Thanks to Brightergy for working through this heat, Helix will now be able to harness and monitor the solar power beaming upon our building. Here are a few images of the array installation overlooking the KC skyline.
Helix participated in the second annual Eco Abet Summer Charrette again this year with Eric Bosch, City Architect (Capital Projects Office). This year…the East Police Campus Team took on the challenge. Team members were:
Eric Bosch – City of Kansas City Missouri, City Architect
Bryan Gross – Helix
Ryan Hunter – Helix
Darius Hollwell – Helix
Carly Pumphrey – Helix
Trudy Faulkner – Helix
Diana Page – DLP Architectural Drafting and Consulting, LLC
David Clanton – Pendulum Studio
This year, our team worked with Vicky Smith and the Ubuntu Community Center at 4327 Troost. The connected buildings at 4327 and 4329 Troost were purchased in the fall of 2011 with the intent to serve the children and families in the community. This purchase was inspired by the Emerald City Project, a grassroots movement to support the revitalization of the Troost Avenue corridor of Kansas City, MO. The two buildings quickly earned the title of “Ubuntu Village” as the vision of community building blossomed. Ubuntu is an African philosophy which means: “I am what I am because of who we all are.” The intent is to create a place where people gather to develop and/or share their unique talents and gifts to enhance the community.
For more information – Eco Abet website: www.ecoabet.org for more information about what Eco Abet does.