Helix Brings Home Two Regional Design Excellence Awards From AIA
Each year the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Central States Region recognizes the most exceptional projects and firms throughout the five-state region at their annual Excellence in Design awards. The 2018 awards ceremony, hosted in Tulsa, Oklahoma, recognized the work of Helix Architecture + Design for two complex adaptive reuse projects in downtown Kansas City, the Atlas apartments and East 9 at Pickwick Plaza mixed-use development. Atlas and Pickwick Plaza each received a Citation Award in the adaptive reuse category. Both projects showcase Helix’s commitment to revitalizing historic structures in downtown Kansas City.
Atlas – Citation Award, Adaptive Reuse
East 9 at Pickwick Plaza – Citation Award, Adaptive Reuse
Using a detailed model created from historic documents, the Helix design team developed a plan for adaptively re-using with minimal changes to the historic character-defining features. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was designed in accordance with National Park Service guidelines in order to receive historic tax credits.
Reactivating retail space on three sides of the building at street level has brought pedestrian activity to the street, while re-establishing the historic complex as a mixed-use destination.
Congratulations to our clients, our engineering and construction partners and all of our design team members. Successful projects are only achieved through strong relationships across all team members and these awards belong to all of you!
Photography by Bob Greenspan.