Shawnee Mission Health celebrating milestones in construction of new B.E. Smith Family Center

Shawnee Mission Health’s Mark Stoddart, Adminstrative Director of Spiritual Wellness, directs kids in singing “A Wise Many Built His House” at the B.E. Smith Center topping out ceremony. Photo credit Shawnee Mission Health.

Shawnee Mission Health recently celebrated the completion of foundation and framing construction on the facility that will house its new early learning center and therapeutic services for kids with developmental disabilities.

Kids signed the final steel beam to be installed in the center. Photo credit Shawnee Mission Health.

At a topping out ceremony last week, clients and staff members signed the final steel beam for the $25 million B.E. Smith Family Center. As the new home of the Lee Ann Britain Infant Development Center, the building will see both children with special needs and typically-developing children on site.

With the support structures in place, work turns now to installing the roof, skinning the exterior, installing dry wall and crafting of interior spaces, including a therapy pool in the Britain center’s basement.

The new center will be two stories and approximately 68,000 square feet. Not only will the space provide modern facilities and equipment, but it will also expand capacity to serve kids with special needs.

Construction on the facility started in March.