• Pool Type Indoor 50-Meter
  • Project Type K-12
  • Project Service Design Services
  • StatusCompleted 2019
  • ArchitectACI Boland, Inc.


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Shawnee Mission School District Aquatic Center (SMSD)

Shawnee Mission, 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.

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.

Aquatic amenities include:

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, swimming lessons, and more.

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