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Gould Evans lands design contract for new Indian Creek Library in Olathe

The future home of the Olathe Indian Creek Library will be this old Hy-Vee grocery store.
The future home of the Olathe Indian Creek Library will be this old Hy-Vee grocery store. jsleezer@kcstar.com

Gould Evans, a Kansas City architecture firm, has won a $1.5 million contract to design the new Indian Creek Library in Olathe.

The firm will begin work on a concept for a new 46,000-square-foot library at 16001 W. 135th Street in Olathe, the site of a former grocery store purchased by the city about a year ago for $2.7 million.

The old Indian Creek Library branch location at 127th and Black Bob Road flooded in 2016 when a water main broke and damaged the building’s foundation.

Olathe’s budget for the new Indian Creek Library is $19 million, including $11.7 million for construction and $2 million for fixtures, furniture and construction with the rest going toward soft costs.

“The Indian Creek Library is vitally important to this community,” Olathe Mayor Michael Copeland said in a written statement. “We’re excited to work with Gould Evans to transform this space into a library of the future; a signature community gathering place that offers opportunities to learn and discover for people of all ages.”

Gould Evans has worked on library projects in Lawrence; Columbia, Mo.; New Orleans; and Phoenix.

“The design of the new library will focus on creating a civic hub that every citizen can benefit from, which is a testament to the Olathe Public Library’s dedication to meeting the community’s ever-evolving needs,” Sean Zaudke, an associate principal with Gould Evans said in a written statement.

Group4, a San Francisco architecture firm, assisted with master planning for the Indian Creek Library.

The new library is expected to open in May 2019.

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