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3 April, 2014 | Helix People, Leadership, Recognition

A New Generation of Leaders

Helix joined in celebration with Kristine Sutherlin and Brad Kingsley as their elevation to Principal status was announced.  The festivities were launched into great heights with some competitive champagne-cork shooting and commemorative bottle signing.

Kristine Sutherlin AIA, LEED AP is leading our new project management initiatives at Helix.  Her contributions to Helix include the successful repositioning of the Richard D. Bolling Federal Building in downtown Kansas City for the General Services Administration.  Kristine’s work on this $250 million project received national recognition for Design Excellence from GSA, serving now as the ‘model’ for other mid-century federal office building renovations underway throughout the country.  Today, she is an active member of the American Institute of Architects serving on the local steering committee for AIA’s Pillars Leadership Program and the board of directors for the Architectural Foundation.

Brad Kingsley AIA is leading our new design initiatives at Helix. An award winning architect, he was trained by the some of the world’s best architectural firms, including Skidmore Owings & Merrill and Thomas Phifer and Partners located in New York.   He is a graduate of Kansas State University’s School of Architecture and holds a master’s degree in Urban Design from Columbia University.  Today, he is an active member of the American Institute of Architects and serves on Kansas City’s Downtown Council Tactical Urbanism Steering Committee.

We congratulate the both of you, Kristine and Brad, as we proudly add your congratulatory champagne bottles to the collection!


17 January, 2014 | Helix People

Not goodbye but see you soon…

After 12 years at Helix, our dear friend and colleague Kathy Kelly has decided to return to her entrepreneurial roots to start her own consulting practice. At her new company, Kathy will be focused on helping companies and organizations enhance employee engagement as well as customer experience.

Helix would not be the firm we are today without the leadership and contributions of Kathy. She was there at the beginning when we were nothing more than an idea and a dream…a dream to not just design great buildings and spaces, but improve the human experience.  And, Kathy has been a part of so many of the projects that have helped us grow to the firm we have become, one widely recognized for creativity, innovation and collaboration. It is only fitting that these same characteristics could also be used to describe Kathy. We wish her all the best in her new adventure and know we will find opportunities to partner together going forward.

Thanks for everything, Kathy.  You will be missed.


“We Care” 2013

In the midst of sickness and sluggishness that cold weather brings, a contagious case of holiday cheer recently spread through the Helix office. A large group of Helix employees eagerly participated in the annual “We Care” event this year and subsequently transformed our resource library into something resembling an elf’s workshop. “We Care,” hosted and sponsored nationally by Herman Miller, took place last week at the Thornberry Boys and Girls Club for the event’s Kansas City region. The design community came together for a joy-filled evening of creating and sharing holiday crafts with local children. Over 13 architecture and design firms participated, along with a variety of dealer partners, alliance partners and volunteer groups. By the end of the night, our industrious group of Helix elves had supplied over 125 custom-decaled scarves to appreciative children.


12 December, 2013 | Art, Awards, Helix People, Leadership, Recognition

AIA Architect of the Year

For Jay Tomlinson, this year has brought high-profile recognition to his lifetime achievements. During the annual Kansas City American Institute of Architects Installation of Officers this past Tuesday, Jay was named the AIA KC “Architect of the Year.” This title follows his recent ArtsKC Virtuoso designation and the most prestigious AIA acknowledgement possible, his election to Fellowship earlier this year.

Dubbed an “architectural alchemist, urban revitalist and arts supporter” by ArtsKC, Jay’s transformative efforts are being recognized in big ways. Perhaps his success at creating significant architecture, enhancing artistic endeavors and resurrecting Downtown Kansas City is due to the fact that he views these initiatives collectively, rather than individually.

We congratulate Jay on his most recent 2013 award and, more importantly, the accomplishments that have earned him the recognition!


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.


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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23 October, 2012 | Helix People, Random peek into Helix

Helix Stays Healthy

Mark Neibling braves the flu shot.

Today, Helix prepared for the change in seasons by arming ourselves against the flu.  17 members of the Helix staff signed up to receive the flu shot, administered in house with the help of Blue Cross Blue Shield.  The virtually painless process will hopefully keep everyone healthy and happy through winter!


Color + Couture Sneek Peak

Helix is teaming up with Messerschmitt, Inc. for this year’s Color + Couture, a fashion show put on by the International Interior Design Association and creatively-awesome local design firms paired with equally great product manufacturers. Last year we designed this fabulous carpet Can-can dress:

Credit: fotographix studio | joseph xiong

This year’s theme is “Avant-garde” and here is a sneak peak of what we will be strutting down the runway tomorrow night at the Starlight Theatre:



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