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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!


22 December, 2013 | Awards, Recognition

Bud Prize Winner

It is with excitement that Helix recognizes this year’s Bud Prize winner, Anna Rayburn.  For those of you who are not familiar, The Bud Prize is a design competition among second year Architecture and Urban Planning students at the University of Missouri- Kansas City (UMKC).   Established by UMKC and Helix Architecture + Design, the Bud Prize honors the contributions of the deceased “Bud” Persons to the industry through the yearly scholarship.  This year marks the 10th year in which the scholarship has been awarded.  Congratulations, Anna!


12 December, 2013 | Art, Awards, Helix People, Leadership, Recognition

AIA Architect of the Year

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!


The Importance of Working with Section 3 and MWBE Businesses

It’s about helping the city build itself, together.

-Reeves W. Wiedeman

Like many of our previous projects—such as the KCFD Station 36, KCPD Headquarters, Highland Place, and the Richard Bolling Federal Building—the KCPD East Patrol Campus has involved an number of MWBE and Section 3 businesses.

Because the East Patrol Campus will be located at 27th and Vine, an area that is predominantly minority populated, Helix felt it was crucial to be as inclusive as possible. We wanted to involve the local community in our design efforts. Out of the twenty-two firms making up the architectural/design team, thirteen are Certified MBE (Minority Business Enterprise), WBE (Women Business Enterprise), or Section 3 businesses. A list of design team participants can be found here. Several people belonging to these firms work at our offices to foster collaboration. Helix has since hired an additional three African American artists to participate on exterior design.

It was important for Helix, led by Principal Reeves Wiedeman, to not only meet the requirements for MWBE/Section 3 participation set by the city, but to exceed them. We view MWBE and Section 3 as sensible programs—programs that make both social and business sense. We received the East Patrol Campus contract when the economy was down and, as prime architect, felt it was our responsibility to encourage the economic growth of the area in which we were working. This decision to surpass the minimum requirements reflects several of our company’s core values (Design, Service, Culture, Operations, and Legacy).

Service
We believe in out-serving our client’s expectations.

Operations
Helix believes in making smart, progressive, and environmentally responsible choices.

Legacy
Helix believes in setting the standards others follow.

Read more about the KCPD East Patrol Campus in one of our previous posts.


27 September, 2012 | Design, Helix People, Innovative, 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


14 August, 2012 | Awards, Recognition

Ingram’s Best of Business

Click photo to link to Ingram’s Website

This month, Ingram’s announced the Best of Business in Kansas City for 2012.  Helix was honored to receive silver in the Architecture and Design Field.  Congratulations to all the Best of Business in KC!


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!

 


5 September, 2010 | Culture, Recognition, Sustainability

Helix Bikes/Walks/Carpools its Way to First Place!

A few weeks ago we shared with you that Helix was taking part in the Green Commute Challenge; a regional competition hosted by the Mid-Amaerica Regional Council aimed at removing vehicles from the road during peak times – which in turn positively impacts the city on rather unfortunate ozone days.

45 teams, and 1,158 people participated in the challenge, effectively saving:

  • 607,658 miles of driving
  • 562,042 pounds of emissions
  • $328,743 in driving costs

Helix came out on top of Small Employers, and overall ranked third in participation points when compared to all competitors! Way to go, team Helix (and take that, competition). Well done to all participants for taking part in a two-month event that sought to positively impact not only our environment, but our city. If you’re curious about what your own commute costs you in dollars, and how it effects the environment, take a look at the emissions calculator, provided by KCATA.


3 September, 2010 | Press, Recognition

Ingrams Knows…

If you haven’t gotten the impression yet that Helix is a pretty stellar design firm in Kansas City, we have a little more evidence to try to convince you:

In the August 2010 issue of Ingrams, a Kansas City business magazine, Helix was listed as one of the best Architectural/Design firms in town. Ingrams says: “Silver honors go to Helix Design Group, small of staff but big of vision…” and while they didn’t get our name right (we like Helix but if you insist we also go by Helix Architecture + Design), we agree with their sentiment. A couple of other firms were mentioned in the blurb, but if you’re really interested to see who they are you’ll have to check out the article in Ingrams (hey – this is our blog after all).

As a local design firm, Helix takes pride not only in the end product, but in the service we provide our clients throughout the entire process. Inspiration and design are difficult things to harness and get right, which is why design professionals are still marketable and invaluable even in the digital age. Beyond all the clever details and hip design we unleash, we’re most proud of our ability to serve our clients. What more can you ask for?


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