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29 August, 2012 | Culture, Helix People

Helix Summer Softball

This past Saturday the Helix softball team competed in the Architect’s Summer League Softball Tournament.  With 14 teams in the league, Helix’s season record got them a 12 seed in the bracket. But with drive in their hearts and rain in the sky, Helix put up an impressive showing in the tournament.  Below  are the game scores and highlights.

Game 1

Helix vs AWA   22 – 11

We hit 3 homeruns in the first game, CJ-1, Joe-1, Eric Solberg-1

Game 2

Helix vs Populous   19-16

We hit 3 homeruns Jeremy Catlett-2, Ryan Hunter-1

Game 3

Helix vs HMN   3-18

1 in the park homerun- Tommy Schweitzer

Thank you to the whole Helix team for participating this summer!  Let’s have another great season next summer!

Team Roster

CJ Pennington

Ryan Hunter

Josh Hartman

Betsy Solberg

Jim Kersten

Joe Jimenez

Eric Solberg

Emily Welch

Tommy Schweitzer

Cale Sadowski

Jeremy Catlett

Danielle Vevea

Carly Pumphrey

Britt Pumphrey

Katie Vossman

Eric Vossman

Mason Hansen

Scott Gibson

Mark Neibling

David Garman

Darius Hollwell

Matt Kersten

Betsy Kersten

Kate Steib

 


Employee Spotlight

 

This week we are featuring Cale Sadowski.  Cale has been with Helix for just about 1 year.  Before Helix, Cale spent time designing theaters in New York.

Current Role: Staff Architect

Current Project: The Lowe & Campbell Building

 

What’s your design philosophy?

Truth in materials. Charm in spaces. Wit in execution.

How do you break a creative block?

I pick out an album to put me in a different frame of mind. Could be Gershwin, could be the Clash. You never know.

Why do you do what you do?

I’ve always liked making things. Architecture is the biggest scale at which you can make a “thing”.

 

Best Movie Villain: HAL 9000.

World Saving Mission: Rid cities of surface lots. They absolutely kill urbanity.

Current Read: Building Design and Construction (Licensing Exam materials)

Guilty Pleasure:  Cinnamon Toast

Overrated:  Kale

Underrated:  Sweet Potatoes

Coffee or Tea?  Coffee

Vampires or Zombies?  Werewolves?


Friday Happy Hour

This week our featured drink is Kathy Whipple’s famously delicious Gin and Tonic.  It might be the lime, it might be the hand made ice, but these classic cocktails will make even the fussiest of beverage connoisseurs smile with delight.


Helix Annual Summer Staff Meeting

Recently, the Helix staff took a break from the office for the afternoon and traveled to the east side of Kansas City.  While typically the primary purpose for an annual meeting is to update staff on the status of the company, this outing was so much more.

After a delicious southern style lunch at Papa Lew’s, the staff viewed 3 project sites.  The first was the Kansas City University of Medicine and Bio-sciences Campus which is working with Helix to develop a new master plan for the future direction of the school.  The second, Highland Place Apartments offer a refresh to housing options in a neighborhood that has seen neglect in the past.  Finally, Helix viewed the future site of the East Police Patrol Campus.  The project will consist of a state-of-the-art Crime Lab, and will be situated 27th & Prospect, the heart of a neighborhood with one of the highest crime rates in the nation.

After this introduction to the area, the Helix staff settled in at the historic Mutual Musicians Foundation where Congressman Emanuel Cleaver and Police Commissioner Alvin Brooks spoke about the history of the East Side and the 27th & Prospect neighborhood.

Reeves Weideman and Commissioner Brooks

Following a brief update on the status of Helix itself, staffers were able to enjoy the Piano styling of Kansas City Jazz Legend Luqman Hamza, who, at 80 years old, also shared a few of his experiences and thoughts about the East Side.

Luqman Hamza, Jazz Legend

From there, the staff ventured to 18th and vine to experience the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and the American Jazz Museum, and finish the day with a drink at the at the 9th Inning Sports Bar.  Overall, the annual summer meeting offered the staff a glimpse into an often overlooked cultural center.

Jason Parson and Congressman Cleaver

Thank you to Jason Parson of Parson & Associates (Grandson of the great Jay McShann) for organizing such an amazing and enlightening afternoon.  Helix is thrilled to be a part of a community with such a rich history and promising future.

Helix Staff

Videographer: Ernes Echols

Photographer: Lynn Hinkle


Congratulations to Helix’s Kristine Sutherlin

 

Click here to learn more about the AIA Pillars Program

Kristine recently graduated from the AIA Pillars Leadership Program.

“The purpose is to prepare a representative cross section of the chapter’s emerging leaders for their role in shaping the future of both the architectural profession and the greater Kansas City metropolitan area.”

Congratulations Kristine!  We’re proud to call you one of our own!

 


Friday Happy Hour

Strawberry Basil Lemonade

Every Friday, Helix staffers gather round the fireplace to relax after a long week’s work.  Last Friday, Erin Stork and Danielle Vevea were the guest bartenders stirring up a great lemonade with fresh strawberries and home-grown basil.  What a refreshing escape from the heat!

Look for more guest bartending features in the future.


Make It Count 5K

Click for link to www.makeitcounttoday.org!

Helix is proud to sponsor the inaugural Spencer C. Duncan Make It Count 5K Run this summer in honor of the one year anniversary of a fallen member of the Helix family. Army Specialist Spencer C. Duncan was killed in action on August 6, 2011. Spencer is the son of Dale Duncan, principal architect at Helix Architecture + Design.

We invite you to join us in celebrating the life of this young hero. Please take a moment to view the attached link, share it with your friends, and consider how you might want to participate in this exciting new event. Weather you like to run, walk, volunteer, or cheer, we hope to see you August 4th.



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: www.ecoabet.org for more information about what Eco Abet does.

 


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