Olathe Indian Creek Library
Olathe Indian Creek Library


Olathe Indian Creek Library

Olathe, KS

In March 2016, the Indian Creek Library in Olathe, Kansas, suffered flooding from a broken water main. Instead of undergoing expensive repairs to a facility already too small to reuse, the City of Olathe acquired a vacant, 68,000 square foot former supermarket for adaptation into the new Indian Creek Library. The new location would include space enough to accommodate Olathe Public Library’s vision for expanded, enriched community service, with a better balance of library services between OPL’s two locations, and operate within the Library’s current budget. The relocation established Indian Creek as the first project of OPL’s intended facility expansion and renovation program.

Group 4 worked with Kansas City-based Gould Evans to incorporate Group 4’s prior planning and programming projects into this new space. The design included a rich program of spaces and architectural interventions to transform the supermarket building into vibrant community destination and nation-leading home for library services.


  • Client: City of Olathe; Olathe Public Library
  • Status: Complete


  • American Architecture Award – Chicago Athenaeum
  • Honor Award – AIA San Mateo County
  • Honor Award – AIA Central States
  • Citation Award – AIA Kansas City
  • Capstone Award – Kansas City Business Journal