Henderson Engineers provided design services for this new 60,000 SF community center near the existing city hall at the intersection of Holmes and NE 70th Street. The project was funded by a publicly-approved bond purchasing process with a construction cost of $15 million. The city formed a strategic partnership with the North Kansas City School District and the developer, Gale Communities, in the creation of the new facility. The building also serves as an emergency shelter. The city applied for an energy grant from the Department of Natural Resources, with Henderson’s assistance, and has proven an annual energy savings greater than $94,000; the grant application requested more than $1 million of loan due to this savings.

Key components include a gymnasium, exercise/fitness facility, walking track, competition pool with 1,500 seats, zero depth entry pool with a water slide, lap pool, diving well, community rooms and a coffee shop. Key systems include high efficiency rooftop HVAC, tube lighting and energy efficient daylighting controls, power system setup for “mobile” generator, high efficiency building envelope, building automation system, and water efficient plumbing fixtures to reduce water consumption.

Specific natatorium features include:

Lap Pool 4,700 SF
Diving Well 2,500 SF
Zero depth entry pool with a water slide 2,800 SF


Gladstone, MO

Project Size

Approx. 60,000 SF


Daylighting Analysis, Electrical, Fire & Life Safety, Mechanical, Plumbing


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