Shawnee Mission unveils plans for new Trailwood Elementary

Project leaders were on hand to explain the new design to parents.
Project leaders were on hand to explain the new design to parents.

The entire Trailwood Elementary community on Tuesday had its first opportunity to see the Shawnee Mission School District’s plans for the new school building to be constructed alongside the current facility.

Dozens of parents milled about the gymnasium as district officials along with architects from Hollis+Miller and representatives from J.E. Dunn answered questions about the building as well as the construction process.

Bob Robinson, the district’s Executive Manager of Capital Programs, said the district hadn’t established a groundbreaking date for the new building, and was still in the process of getting approval for the plans from the city of Overland Park.

Robinson said the new construction would not have any impact on the start of school in the existing Trailwood building.

“We’ll have to fence off certain areas that we’re working in,” he said.

Three of the four elementary rebuild projects the district has undertaken are in northeast Johnson County: Trailwood in Overland Park just across 95th Street from Prairie Village; Brairwood in Prairie Village; and Crestview in Merriam.

The Prairie Village Planning Commission has signed off on plans for the Briarwood project, and the city of Merriam is currently reviewing plans for the Crestview project.

“Our intent was to have four schools under construction by the end of this year,” Robinson said. “We’re still on line to do that. Benninghoven’s a little farther behind, but hopefully we’ll get it to catch up.”