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26 August, 2014 | Recognition

Newly-Named Helix Associates

Helix made two big announcements at this summer’s mid-year all-staff meeting. Jacob Palan and Andrea Glinn were named Associates in recognition of their leadership and contributions to the firm.

Staff architectural designer Jacob Palan leads Helix’s building information modeling (BIM) efforts.  Jacob developed new project delivery standards to improve workflow processes and has implemented firm-wide employee training.  Jacob has served as project architect for some of Helix’s most notable projects, including Sporting Innovation’s corporate headquarters in downtown Kansas City and the latest addition to the University of Kansas Lied Center.  Jacob’s work on Missouri Bank Crossroads was recognized nationally in both Architect and Architectural Record magazines.

Jacob is currently working with the National Museum of Toys and Miniatures to reposition its building for the next 20 years.

Interior designer Andrea Glinn leads the sustainability efforts at Helix.  As a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Associate) accredited professional, she is actively involved in setting the firm’s initiatives and implementing sustainable practices on our projects.  Andrea recently led the programming efforts for Kansas City University of Medicine and Bioscience’s new administration building overhaul and the interior design renovation of the historic Pickwick Hotel into market rate apartments. Both are expected to receive LEED accreditation.  She was also the designer for the “Forever Home” project which provides new offices and shelter for the Midwest Foster Care and Adoption Agencies.

Andrea also has a passion for the arts and has been a part of the KC scene as an active member of Whoop Dee Doo performance art group, designer in the 2008 18th Street Fashion Show, and panelist of the 2014 Arts KC Catalyst Grants.

We congratulate both of you, Jacob and Andrea, and thank you for your leadership within our firm!


23 May, 2014 | Recognition

2014 EDC Awards

The 2014 EDC Cornerstone Awards were especially enjoyable this year, as we celebrated three project award finalists and one client company award.

The first finalist, the Richard Bolling Federal Building was the result of 14 years of wonderful collaboration with the US General Services Administration and GWH.  At 1.2 million square foot, the project made a huge impact to daily working lives of its 4,000 employees.

The success of the second award finalist, Live Blue in Zona Rosa, could not have been achieved without the vision of Blue Cross and Blue Shield (of KC) leadership.  The project is an innovative model, demonstrating how a health insurance company can impact the well being of it’s community.  The project would not have been possible without a welcoming reception to new ideas and collaborative nature of client and designer alike.

Highland Place Apartments was not only a finalist, but winner of an EDC Award!  The historic significance of the single and multi-family homes and The Rochester Hotel made the preservation of these buildings absolutely critical to the Historic 18th and Vine Jazz District.

Finally, Sporting Innovations, as a technology start-up company, was recipient of a Launch KC Award.

The award ceremony was followed by a social hour, where we had a chance to celebrate the projects’ successes, gain more insight into what motivates our clients, and learn more about our clients’ prior experiences that will continue to inform future successes.


3 April, 2014 | Helix People, Recognition

A New Generation of Leaders

Helix joined in celebration with Kristine Sutherlin and Brad Kingsley as their elevation to Principal status was announced.  The festivities were launched into great heights with some competitive champagne-cork shooting and commemorative bottle signing.

Kristine Sutherlin AIA, LEED AP is leading our new project management initiatives at Helix.  Her contributions to Helix include the successful repositioning of the Richard D. Bolling Federal Building in downtown Kansas City for the General Services Administration.  Kristine’s work on this $250 million project received national recognition for Design Excellence from GSA, serving now as the ‘model’ for other mid-century federal office building renovations underway throughout the country.  Today, she is an active member of the American Institute of Architects serving on the local steering committee for AIA’s Pillars Leadership Program and the board of directors for the Architectural Foundation.

Brad Kingsley AIA is leading our new design initiatives at Helix. An award winning architect, he was trained by the some of the world’s best architectural firms, including Skidmore Owings & Merrill and Thomas Phifer and Partners located in New York.   He is a graduate of Kansas State University’s School of Architecture and holds a master’s degree in Urban Design from Columbia University.  Today, he is an active member of the American Institute of Architects and serves on Kansas City’s Downtown Council Tactical Urbanism Steering Committee.

We congratulate the both of you, Kristine and Brad, as we proudly add your congratulatory champagne bottles to the collection!


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, 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!


7 August, 2013 | Awards, 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, 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

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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!


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