Olathe Grand Opening

Olathe Grand Opening

One of the best parts of what we do here at BRS is seeing the places we design transform into vital spaces for their communities. As we are completely engrossed in the design phases of a project, it’s sometimes difficult to remember that we are just one part of a much larger team, made up of a variety of community representatives who were all integral in bringing the project to fruition. When all is said and done and we get the chance to step back to put the process into perspective, we get a sense for how many people’s lives our buildings touch, and it is incredibly rewarding.

Steve, Craig, Ken and I headed out to Olathe, Kansas at the beginning of July to celebrate the grand opening of the Olathe Community Center. The building was packed with community members enjoying the dedication ceremony, as well as the chance to tour their new community center. It was very touching to hear speeches by community officials who reminded us all that discussion on this community center had been going on for more than 40 years! What an honor to be a part of the final phase of the process that made this vision come to life!


BRS’s involvement in the project began by winning a national design competition.  The final building is very similar to what we proposed at that time even though we went through quite a few design changes and budget challenges along the way.

The building is completely nestled into its natural surroundings in Stagecoach Park.  It’s so rare that we have 100-year-old trees framing the new buildings!

It was great to see the community already drawn to the warm, inviting spaces that we had imagined within the building.

The community did an excellent job of working with a community-based art consultant to fill the building with meaningful, local art that enhances the entire experience.  One of my favorites is a piece in the lobby commissioned specifically for the community center that is an abstract landscape with a view toward Olathe from the western plains.


Working on the Olathe Community Center has been a great pleasure to all of us here at BRS. We are incredibly excited for all of the new and wonderful memories to be made by those of the Olathe community. We’d also like to acknowledge the other talented members of our team: SFS Architecture, Water Technology, Henderson Engineering, Confluence, SK Design Group, George Butler Associates, and McCown Gordon Construction.


Posted on July 16, 2014 at 05:03pm

Tags: project opening (2), health & wellness (4), community recreation center (31), aquatics (6)

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