A long-time partner to Olathe Public Schools, Henderson Engineers designed the district’s fifth high school, Olathe West. The goal was to create building systems that support different teaching methods, such as active spaces for direct instruction, flexible spaces for project-based lessons, and maker spaces for hands-on classes. The school has four “neighborhoods” for every grade and each wing connects to a commons area intended to spark student interaction.
Our designs included audio-video and acoustics systems for the school’s cutting-edge media center and performing arts center. Fans who want to cheer on the Owls will be able to do so from one of its three gyms.
As part of the district’s commitment to hands-on learning, the school is home to two 21st Century Academies that teach students skills they can apply towards their post-secondary careers: 1) Public Safety is focused on police and fire; and 2) Green Technology is centered on biodiesel, wind energy, and solar power.
Together with our wholly-owned subsidiary, Henderson Building Solutions, we helped the district maximize its investment in the facility with a building monitoring system. This system allows students and staff to view live reports on electricity, gas, and water usage. It also provides better control over the building’s systems; accurate and timely performance data; and the opportunity for early detection of issues. The monitoring system was designed by Henderson Engineers and is backed by Henderson Building Solutions field technicians.
At Henderson, our purpose is to create environments where people can reach their full potential. We’re proud to have a partner who seeks the same goal.
Approx. 375,000 SF
Learning By Design Grand Prize - New Construction/Addition, Entire School/Campus Building, AIA Kansas City Chapter Citation Award - Large Archiecture