Gould Evans is Awarded their Sixth Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Award for the Olathe Indian Creek Public Library

Former Abandoned Suburban Big-Box Store Transformed into 21st Century Library

Kansas City, MO – November 4th, 2021 – Nationally recognized design firm, Gould Evans, is pleased to announce the Olathe Indian Creek Public Library has received a 2021 American Architecture Award from the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre of Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies


“Our team is honored to receive an American Architecture Award this year, “ says Sean Zaudke, Associate Principal of Gould Evans. “Libraries of today are no longer about books or maker spaces (although Indian Creek contains both). The library is more about quickly refocusing and repurposing its functions based upon community needs and the design places an emphasis on flexibility and embracing change. This project focuses on the functional transformation of the traditional library concept into a 21st century model.”

Re-establishing nature in a commercial retail setting, the Olathe Indian Creek Public Library adaptive reuse project is a story of transformation. The transformation focuses on the conversion of a vacant, big-box retail structure—inspired by daylight and a connection to nature that was non-existent in the big-box context. Underlying the 21st century library model is a focus on the future. The library achieves this focus in two ways: by designing for adaptability to future change and by integrating sustainability strategies throughout the design, including the 2030 challenge energy reduction, daylighting and a focus on community wellness. At the library's entry, users are greeted with a maker space, a café, a conference center, and a flexible workplace environment—with traditional library programs, reading spaces, and collections experienced deeper within the library. In this way, the Olathe Indian Creek Library becomes a community hub, creating a unique asset different than that of a typical public library.

In its 27th year, The American Architectural Awards® are the nation’s highest and most prestigious distinguished building awards program that honor new and cutting-edge design in the United States. In 2021, the Museum received a record number of projects for new buildings, landscape architecture, and urban planning from the most important firms practicing in the U.S. and globally. Over 100 projects were selected by a distinguished group of Miami architects, educators, and developers. The full list of 2021 winning projects can be viewed here:

This is Gould Evans’ 6th American Architecture Award. Previous American Architecture Awards include the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Justice Center, Missouri Innovation Campus, University of Kansas Debruce Center for the Original Rules of Basketball, the Lawrence Public Library, and the NOAA La Jolla Lab Consolidation Project (Southwest Fisheries).

High resolution photos of the Olathe Indian Creek Public Library, taken by Michael Robinson, can be downloaded here.

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Indian Creek Library Receives Honor Award at AIA Central States Region 2020 Design Awards

On September 24, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Central States Region hosted its annual Design Awards ceremony, awarding the Olathe Public Library’s Indian Creek Branch an Honor Award, the highest distinction given.


Vacant Suburban Big-Box Store Transformed into Pedestrian-Focused Library and Public Park

Olathe’s Indian Creek Library Brings Community and Nature to an Overlooked Facility

KANSAS CITY, MO – October 18, 2019 – Nationally recognized design and planning firm Gould Evans, in partnership with the City of Olathe and library programmer Group 4, has designed the newly completed Indian Creek Library in Olathe, Kansas. The 47,000-square-foot adaptive reuse project prioritizes community gathering spaces, such as a café, makerspace, teen zone, children’s garden, public meeting rooms, and courtyards.


State Historical Society of Missouri and Gould Evans Celebrate Grand Opening of Center for Missouri Studies

KANSAS CITY, MO – August 12, 2019 – Nationally recognized design and planning firm Gould Evans, together with the State Historical Society of Missouri (SHSMO), celebrates the grand opening of the new Center for Missouri Studies, a vibrant, living research center and archive designed as a new landmark for Missouri’s cultural heritage.


Patterson Health Center Designed to Transform Rural Healthcare in Kansas, Focuses on Wellness

Named in memory of Neal Patterson, co-founder and former CEO of Cerner

KANSAS CITY, MO – July 16, 2019 – Nationally recognized design and planning firm Gould Evans, in partnership with Kahler Slater’s team of Medical Planning Consultants, has designed the newly completed Patterson Health Center in rural Harper County, Kansas. The 62,500-square-foot facility unites two formerly separate critical access hospitals under one distinctive roof that pays homage to neighboring communities coming together.

10 JUNE 2019 : EVENTS

Gould Evans to Host “CommUNITY in the Hub” Event During San Francisco Design Week

“No man is an island.” – Frida Escobedo, Architect and 12th Street Plaza Designer

Join the conversation with Frida Escobedo at our “CommUNITY in the Hub” event during San Francisco Design Week to learn more about the 12th Street Plaza design concept and her ideas for activating public space. Monday June 24 from 6-8:30pm in Streetspace at Gould Evans, tickets available at

08 MAY 2019 : EVENTS

Southeast Community College Breaks Ground on Multidisciplinary Classroom Building

Yesterday’s Southeast Community College Multidisciplinary Classroom Building groundbreaking celebrated the start of a high-performance campus hub designed to retain students, provide flexible learning space, and promote collaboration.

Excited to see this project’s impact on the City of Beatrice, Nebraska.

03 MAY 2019 : AWARDS

Gould Evans Recently Recognized by Kansas City Business Journal as a 2019 Champion of Business

We're pleased to share that we were recently recognized as one of the Kansas City Business Journal's 2019 Champions of Business. Congratulations to all of this year's honorees! See the full list here.

Photo by: Kansas City Business Journal

19 APRIL 2019 : EVENTS

Lawrence Free State High School Renovation Progress

Check out the wood grille ceiling in Lawrence Free State High School, which is currently under renovation. Photos by Chloe Huxol with McCownGordon Construction!

18 APRIL 2019 : EVENTS

ACE Mentor Banquet in New Orleans

Gould Evans Jenny Renn Key & Lexi Tengco were ACE mentors this year to students from Ursuline Academy, who presented their final design projects to family, peers & industry leaders at the ACE Mentor Program Banquet in New Orleans.

More info on the experience to come!