Shawnee Mission School District Aquatic Center (SMSD)

Lenexa, KS


The SMSD Aquatic Center is home to the largest pool in Johnson County, serving local students and the entire community. This service is made possible through a partnership between the school district, Johnson County Parks and Recreation, and the City of Lenexa.

Photos by Matt Kocourek Photography


Special Citation

American School and University magazine


'Dream Designs'

Aquatics International


Pool Type

Indoor 50 Meter

Project Type

School K12

Project Service

Design Services

Most Recent Project

Completed 2019


ACI Boland, Inc.

Project Amenities

The design celebrates the spirit of competition with layers of transparency provided in each area of the building so that viewers both inside and out can see events happening within the building.

The SMSD Aquatic Center was constructed as part of a $223 million bond issue, approved by voters who reside in the Shawnee Mission School District in 2015. The facility also features classrooms, locker rooms, a coaches’ room, concession stands, and a dry land training area for athletes.

The SMSD Aquatic Center was designed to attract regional and national swim meets in addition to hosting the District 5 high school swim meets. It can hold up to 500 competitors and 1,000 spectators.


13,000 sq. ft. 50-Meter Competition Pool

Eight 50-meter lap lanes

22 cross-course 25-yard lanes

Two 4 ft. bulkheads

13 ft. diving well

Two 3-meter boards and two 1-meter boards

The ability to be used for swimming and diving competitions, water polo, and swimming lessons

2,100 sq. ft. Instructional Pool

Four 25-yard lap lanes

Moveable floor that can adjust the depth from 0 ft. to 7 ft. deep

The ability to be used for warm-up, cool-down, swimming lessons, and water aerobics

Water basketball

Water volleyball

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