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.
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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!
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.
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.
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!
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:
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:
Helix joined the fight against MS during the 2012 Kansas City Ride. Mason Hansen and Mark Neibling rode with the KC Cutters on September 22 and 23 from Olathe to Lawrence and back. The team has helped raise over $30,000 for MS research this year!
This week we are featuring Scott Gibson.
Current Role: Architect
Current Project: Milburn Country Club, KCUMB
What’s your design philosophy?
The best designs come from solving the problems the client didn’t know they had.
How do you break a creative block?
Frank Sinatra and glass of wine usually does the trick.
Why do you do what you do?
I love taking an idea, purifying it, and watching it manifest itself into being.
Best Movie Villain: Darth Vader
World Saving Mission: Probably sounds like a broken record, but bringing quality and resolved design solutions to the masses.
Current Read: Le Corbusier’s Toward a New Architecture
Guilty Pleasure: Burberry, it’s a dangerous obsession
Overrated: People’s Opinion
Underrated: The value of an architect
Coffee or Tea? COFFEE!
Vampires or Zombies? Definitely vampires. Villains with castles and suits, how could you go wrong?