With new Briarwood plans approved, demolition on existing building slated for August

The new Briarwood building will have a secure entry and improved pick-up and drop-off infrastructure.
The new Briarwood building will have a secure entry and improved pick-up and drop-off infrastructure.

With approval from the Prairie Village Planning Commission last week, the Shawnee Mission School District is preparing to move forward on the project to rebuild Briarwood Elementary School in Prairie Village.

Though the site plans plans for the new school must still be signed off on by the city council, it’s expected that demolition of the existing Briarwood building will begin in August.

The new school building is designed to accommodate 550 students, but flexible classroom space in the facility will allow it to take on an additional 105 students if necessary. Briarwood’s enrollment last year was just over 580 students.

The final design put forward by the district calls for the demolition of the Briarwood gymnasium, a proposal that had caused some controversy earlier in the design process because of the $75,000 Briarwood parents raised just 10 years ago to help upgrade the then-new structure.

Among the features of the new Briarwood building absent from the current structure are:

  • Secure entry
  • Increased onsite parking
  • Larger drop off area that accommodates more vehicles and improves traffic circulation
  • A science activity center and media center
  • A dedicated music room and a dedicated band/strings room

Moreover, the school will have larger primary classrooms that all have natural light.

Briarwood students will be attending class at the Broadmoor Technical Center this coming school year as construction on the new building begins. The school is slated to be finished to allow students to begin attending classes there either at the start of the fall or spring semesters of the 2016-17 school year.

An extended loop is intended to help improve traffic circulation.
An extended loop is intended to help improve traffic circulation.
Interior renderings of the new school building.
Interior renderings of the new school building.