Browsing Historic Renovation

New Life for a Historic Kansas City Treasure

We are fortunate to work on projects here at Helix that often make us step back and think, “wow…we are so lucky to live in such a beautiful city.” The recent renovation of the historic Baltimore Club building is one of those projects.

Standing on the rooftop event space you can’t help but feel proud of downtown Kansas City and the transformation that continues to take place. Take a peek for yourself…

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The building itself is a Kansas City treasure featuring ornate details and a rich history. The event spaces, recently renamed the Brass on Baltimore, offer a balance of historic character (the stain glass windows in the Tudor room are extraordinary!) and modern amenities.

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Helix transformed the penthouse apartments on the 15th floor into a new indoor-outdoor event space with stunning views of downtown Kansas City.

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What an amazing place to host a party!

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How lucky are we that we get to help bring spaces like this to life?

Cheers to you, KC!

You can find more info on the Brass on Baltimore event spaces on their website and more about the building’s history as the Kansas City Club on our recent blog post. The renovation was also featured recently in the Kansas City Business Journal.

All photos credited to Michael Robinson Photography.

Video Credited to Blackburrow Creative.


KCPD Renovation + Expansion

Helix_KCPDHQ_ExtDet_0219_LRHelix had the privilege of working with the Kansas City Police Department and City of Kansas City, Missouri on the recent renovation and expansion of their downtown Police Headquarters. The renovation was designed to re-position the facility for another 70-years of service to the community, and to do so while respecting the character of the historic structure.

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An important goal of this project was to increase transparency and expand Police interaction with the community. This involved extensive changes to the first floor including a monumental public lobby, unobtrusive security, and the addition of a large community meeting space.

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Beyond addressing space requirements, the Police Department wanted to create a welcoming first impression for visitors, and a facility suited for collaboration, efficiency, team-building, and celebration. Central to the design, too, was the need to communicate the Department’s rich history of community service. The new addition on the ground floor allows the public to engage in the Board of Police Commissioners meetings and serves as a venue for Police community outreach programming.

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The renovation addresses many years of deferred maintenance and features energy saving and water conservation strategies. Increased indoor air quality, natural light, and accessible routes provide a modern workplace for the Police and equal access for the public.

The project scope also included repairing the core and shell of the building – including exterior masonry restoration, building envelope improvements, window and roof replacement, streetscape design and systems upgrades. The systems upgrades are housed in an addition to the north of the historic structure, which increased useable space within the historic structure.

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The city’s commitment to LEED guided design decisions toward sustainable solutions. Anticipated to receive LEED Gold certification, sustainability features include: re-use of existing building materials, integration of efficient HVAC systems, low-flow plumbing fixtures, daylighting and efficient lighting, and a green roof.

Images by Micheal Robinson Photography

 

 


20 November, 2014 | Historic Renovation, Renovation

A New Addition to Kansas City

Two hundred people showed up for the ribbon cutting and grand “re-opening” of Kansas City’s newly refurbished downtown Police Headquarters designed by Helix.  The afternoon offered rare behind the scenes tours of the project to the general public and an exhibit on the history of the police department.

The original building was designed by prominent Kansas City architects Wight & White  (also designers of the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art).  Police Headquarters along with City Hall and the Jackson County Courthouse buildings form a civic plaza in the heart of the government district downtown.  Work is concluded on the first full renovation of Headquarters since it was constructed in 1938. The $28 million remodel was funded by the quarter-cent public safety sales tax approved by voters. The renovation provides adequate space and up-to-date facilities for administrative and investigative employees of the Kansas City Missouri Police Department. It includes the addition of a tower on the north side of the building and a spacious community room. Police Headquarters is now compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Visitors will be able to view the numerous historical artifacts and photos on display from the KCPD’s 140-year history, thanks to the Kansas City Police Historical Society. To read more, check out the latest article in The Kansas City Star!


Award Season

Award Season is upon us, and Helix-designed projects have been taking the stage- and in some instances- dominating it!  This month we are celebrating the success of 18th &Vine’s Highland Place re-development, as it has proven deserving of the state’s Preserve Missouri Award and Historic KC’s Preservation Award under “Best Preservation Practices.”  Last Friday’s Capstone Award Ceremony recognized three Helix projects: The Richard Bolling Federal Building (with 1.2 million gross sf), Webster Garage in Kansas City’s Crossroads, and Sporting Innovation’s renovation of the historic Lowe and Campbell Building (which also received a Historic KC Award, under “Contemporary Design”).

We want to thank everyone who contributed to the success of these projects!


The Green Screen

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The Green Screen at the Reeves Wiedeman Company HQ on Main Street is growing strong.  The screen, half covered in the middle of the seasonal growth period, exemplifies the steps people can take to reduce their impact on the earth.  Helix implemented this design feature to help the project reach LEED Gold certification.


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Photo Credit: Keith Myers

The $21 million renovation and expansion of the Kansas City Police Headquarters was featured in the Kansas City Star today.

“We’ll bring it back to the original, and the ornamental crown molding on the ceiling will be restored,” said Reeves Wiedeman, a principal at Helix Architecture & Design, the project architect. “All will be restored to the original design.”


10 January, 2012 | Historic Renovation

The Rochester Hotel

These days (and for the next 12 months or so) Helix is working on the Highland Place project, currently under construction, which includes the renovation of the historic Rochester Hotel and six houses in the 18th and Vine District. After many years of vacancy and exposure to the elements, the buildings show serious signs of deterioration. This project is extremely important to the 18th and Vine district because these are some of the last historic structures in the district – if they were to be demolished, the district’s historic status could be in jeopardy.

According to the Historic Markers Database, the Rochester, built in 1912-20, was the only hotel in Kansas City, Mo., where visiting African Americans could stay during the 1930s and ’40s. Because it is adjacent to the Mutual Musicians Foundation, this is the place where jazz artists such as Count Basie, Jimmy Rushing, and many others would have stayed during visits to the city. The hotel also provided accommodations for visiting teams for the Negro League.

The Rochester is being renovated into senior housing, and it will retain as much of the historic fabric as possible.

Here’s the hotel.

Hotel interior …

These are the houses across the street from the hotel, also currently under renovation.

View of downtown Kansas City from the roof of the hotel.

 

 


26 October, 2011 | Historic Renovation, In Progress

Tough on Grime

Back in August, our partners at Titan Construction began the exterior renovation of the Police Headquarters. Scope includes masonry restoration and cleaning, window replacement, and a new energy-efficient roof.  With the application of the cleaning products, the stone takes on a rusted look (bright orange streaking), which shows the presence of mold, algae and other biological growth on the surface and within the stone.

(We’ve been thinking … it’s kind of like when the police shine a black light on a crime scene, really. And we like to think of our work as somehow comparable to the work done by our super-tough crime-fighters. We don’t get to feel tough often, you know?)

In any case, the cleaning product will actually continue to clean the stone for several months as it penetrates into the stone. Brilliant! 

 

 


Historic O.H. Dean Building Renovation Incorporates Geothermal Technology

Construction continues on the renovation of the historic O.H. Dean building at 3635 Main Street. The Reeves-Wiedeman Company purchased the building and is making it their new headquarters. It’s a really great thing to see a 125 year old company move its headquarters back into KC’s urban core, where it was started.

These construction progress photos show an element of the building we are very excited about; those black tubes you see sticking out of the ground are actually the water loops that the building will use to heat and cool itself. By taking advantage of the constant ground temperature of 55-57 degrees, the building’s mechanical system will be super energy efficient. In all, 24 wells are spaced along the rear parking lot of the building, and each well is 300 feet deep! Energy savings will offset the added capital costs of this system in 5 years; after which the savings keep accumulating. When your intention is to buy a building and hold it long term, ground source heat pump systems are the way to go. And, the energy tax credits available today can make the payback even shorter.


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