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27 September, 2012 | Design, Helix People, 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

30 August, 2012 | Helix People

Employee Spotlight

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?

29 August, 2012 | 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


23 August, 2012 | Helix People

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?

17 August, 2012 | Helix People

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.

15 August, 2012 | Helix People

Employee Spotlight

Each week, in order to highlight how “people matter”, Helix will be featuring an interview of the employees on the blog. This week we are featuring Darius Hollwell. This is one of Darius’s final days around the Helix office as he will be heading back to school to finish his degree this fall.  He will be missed!

Role: Intern

Current Project: East Patrol Campus

What’s your design philosophy? If you design for people first, everything else will fall into place

How do you break a creative block? Walking away from what I’m working on and doing something else.

Why do you do what you do? I love Design

Best Movie Villain: The Joker from the Dark Knight

World Saving Mission: Design that is affordable, sustainable and inspiring

Current Read: I don’t ever have time to read anymore but I love listening to lectures or watching Ted talk as I multitask and do something else.

Guilty Pleasure: Watching Project Runway.

Overrated: Seafood, it just taste so fishy.

Coffee or Tea? Tea

Vampires or Zombies? Vampires, they hunt humans with a little more class

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

2 August, 2012 | Helix People, Recognition

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!


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