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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.

1 October, 2012 | Design, Innovative, Prototype, Sustainability


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!

Another interesting development is Flex, a new lighting system by 3M.


27 September, 2012 | Design, Helix People, Innovative, Recognition

Four Ideas for Raising a Roof

Congratulations to former Helix intern Darius Hollwell and other Kansas State University students for being featured in the New York Times. They had two days to plan a light-weight retractable roof for Arthur Ashe Stadium. View the whole slide show here.

Credit: Photo by Christopher Bilyk; Rendering by Darius Hollwell, Lauren Kelly and Cierra Myers

Credit: Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images; Rendering by Darius Hollwell, Lauren Kelly and Cierra Myers


On Wednesday, September 19th Helix was pleased to host Vitra – a company known for its innovative and unique approach to commercial workspace design. A special thank you to our speakers Tina Burger and Margit Geist!

24 July, 2012 | Design, Workplace

Project Peek: Global Prairie

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.

Helix Participates in the Eco Abet Summer Charette

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: for more information about what Eco Abet does.


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