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Olathe Community Center Breaks Ground

January 4, 2013

OLATHE, KS – Residents of Olathe, Kansas gathered on Saturday, December 15, 2012 to witness the groundbreaking of their future community recreation center. In 2011, the team of Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture of Denver, Colorado and SFS Architecture of Kansas City, Missouri won a national design competition for the 72,000-square-foot, $23.8 million Olathe Community Center.

A hundred or so Olathe residents braved the brisk, 49-degree morning air to join Mayor Michael Copeland, City Council members, and parks board members for the groundbreaking ceremony. Olathe Parks and Recreation Director Kevin Corbett thanked the leaders, city staff, the BRS/SFS design team, and the construction team led by McGown Gordon Construction.

Corbett then turned the microphone over to Mayor Copeland, who announced, “Today we break ground for what will be a treasure for all of Olathe… My friends, this community center will be exceptional. I am so proud to stand here today and make our residents’ voice a reality. This is a great day for Olathe and a testament to all those who entrusted us to listen and to make their desire come to life."

The mayor, City Council and parks board grabbed hold of 10 shovels to turn the earth in a symbolic gesture greeted by thunderous applause. The contractor has since mobilized, having begun excavation the following Monday. The 41-acre site for the community center is planned at Stagecoach Park and will feature an “outdoor living room,” amphitheater and great lawn. The Olathe City Council expressed interest in a modern building that tied into the existing fabric of the Olathe community, and the design team responded with an exterior design composed of wood and native Kansas stone. The highly anticipated Olathe Community Center, which includes a triple-court gymnasium, fitness center, indoor pool complex, and community events hall, is slated to open in mid-2014.

Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture is serving as the architect-of-record and design architect, while SFS Architecture fulfills the role of associate architect. Says Kevin Corbett, “The team of SFS and BRS bring innovative collaboration, specialized expertise and a strong desire to understand and deliver the clients’ vision. Outstanding project management skills and follow-up can be expected when working with this team.”


About Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture
Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture's mission is to design inspired, sustainable community architecture. Working closely with owners and communities, the firm achieves visionary goals with cost-effective solutions. Winners of more than 40 design awards, BRS has completed projects for more than 180 communities in 37 states. The firm's expertise includes recreation centers, wellness facilities, field houses, aquatic centers, park structures, ball fields, spas, resorts, clubhouses, senior centers, water parks, libraries and recreation facility master plans. For more information, visit

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