SFS Architecture

Olathe Community Center

Olathe, KS

Design of a 71,000 SF multipurpose community recreation center and outdoor recreation amenities within the 41-acre Stagecoach Park

Challenge

Create a destination for indoor and outdoor recreation within Stagecoach Park for the Olathe community.

Process

After winning a national design competition, the team of SFS and Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture worked closely with the City of Olathe to create a multipurpose community center and park that supports a multitude of physical fitness, athletic, aquatic, lifestyle and outdoor recreation programs offered by the City.

Solution

The 71,000 SF community center has been designed to anchor the 41-acre Stagecoach Park. The architecture complements the existing fabric of the Olathe community and the natural beauty of the park as a composition of wood, stone, and glass under a sweeping curved roof. Indoor recreation components include a gymnasium, running/jogging track, fitness center, aerobics and spinning studios, locker rooms, and a natatorium that includes a beach-style leisure pool, flume slides, lap swimming, rope climbing, and bouldering walls. The center also includes a divisible community room with a patio and catering prep kitchen, children’s party rooms, a child watch area with indoor play, and a spacious lobby social space overlooking the park. Park amenities include an amphitheater, outdoor classrooms, public art, loop trails, boardwalks, the “Great Lawn”, and park shelters overlooking restored prairie and ponds.

Awards & Publications

2015
Urban Land Institute - Kansas City
Developments of Distinction Award

Kansas City Business Journal
Capstone Award for Achievements in Real Estate - Community Impact

Published
Athletic Business Magazine -
Architectural Showcase
28th Annual; June 2015

Dream Designs 2015:
Leisure Pool / Family Aquatics Center
Aquatics International

Athletic Business Magazine - Aquatic Design Portfolio
2nd Annual; January/February 2016

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