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Design & Construction Workshop: New Girl Scout Aquatics Center

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Sat Aug 11, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Helix Architecture + Design Map
Community Partner
Junior, Cadette

Helix Architecture + Design is an integrated architecture and interior design firm headquartered in Kansas City. Our diverse portfolio of work includes workplace, academic, cultural, mixed-use, multifamily, civic, and hospitality projects as well as specialized expertise with renovation, adaptive reuse and preservation of historic buildings.

Cost per person: FREE

Utilizing the new Girl Scouts Aquatics Center and Pool as an example, participants will walk through phases of the design process with the architect and landscape architect on the project. Working in groups, the participants will design their own solutions for the client while staying within the project parameters. The architect on the project will then present Helix’s final design and drawings to the group to illustrate these concepts in real world and professional application.

Kick-off Meeting (20 min)
Introductions to the Helix, Vireo Landscape Architecture, and Centric Construction teams. Tour the Helix office.

Section One: Site Review & Landscape Design (20 min)
Landscape architect will present for five minutes regarding the existing site and landscape needs for the project. Girls will break into three groups for a landscape breakout activity.

Section Two: Programming/Design  (20 min)
Project architect will present for five minutes regarding the programmatic needs for the project. Girls will break back out into their groups for a programming/architectural design breakout activity..

Section Three: Budget (20 min)
General Pre- Contractor Manager will lead in an exercise in budget constraints, participants will be informed the pricing came back from the contractor, and the project is designed over budget. They will be given a new “budget” in number of blocks they may use, but still must meet as many design requirements as possible.

Presenting and Q&A (20 min)
The three groups will present their final designs to the group, ensuring to explain design choices and the process of keeping the project in-budget.

The design team will then present their final design to the group, addressing the same challenges the groups faced when modeling their designs and take any questions.

Additional Info:

  • • Parents may stay on-site, but will not participate in the activities.
  • • Parking is available in the lot across from the Helix office. Other parking is street parking. Participants could also utilize the KC Streetcar, as our office is also located just off the Kauffman Performing Arts Center streetcar stop.

Registration Requirements: All girls participating as a Girl Scout in this activity must be registered Girl Scout members. If attending as a troop, all volunteers also need to be registered members and/or have completed and approved background checks. If non-registered individuals (adults or tags) are allowed to participate in this activity supplemental insurance is required. Use the Insurance Purchase Form to purchase insurance at least 3 weeks prior to the event. Completed forms can be emailed to

How to Register: Follow this link

Questions? Contact Ellen Hailey,