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29 October, 2012 | Culture, Random peek into Helix

Wicked Walk 2012

Helix—along with Treanor Architects, SpecChem, Bishop-McCann, Hubbard & Kurtz, Lankford & Associates, Global Prairie, Kansas City Symphony, T2+Back Alley Films, Snow & Co. and Mildred’s Coffeehouse—participated in the 5th Annual Wicked Walk on Walnut and Wyandotte last Friday. The community was invited to enjoy some Helix Halloween hospitality and encouraged to come in costume.

Enjoy some of the pictures!

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:

5 October, 2012 | Culture, Random peek into Helix

Helix Day 2012

Helix Day gives us all a chance to relax, bond with our families, and celebrate the camaraderie that we find at work.

This year it also gave us a chance to yell loudly and wildly in a socially-acceptable setting.

After work last Friday, we packed up and headed over to the Livestrong Sporting Park to tailgate, eat and cheer Sporting KC to a 2-0 victory over Chicago.



On Wednesday, September 19th Helix was pleased to host Vitra – a company known for its innovative and unique approach to commercial workspace design. A special thank you to our speakers Tina Burger and Margit Geist!

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?

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

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