Sports & Recreation

After School Judo Academy, Olathe, Kan.

After looking at several pre-existing buildings to house its after-school program and summer day camp, but not finding anything that fit the bill interms of space and amenities needed, it was decided to begin construction on a new building.

“We needed a stand-alone building with as much space as possible for a good price,” said Rob Hinchsliff, owner and instructor. “Choosing a metal building was the most economical solution for us and gave us the ability to design things the way we wanted.”

To facilitate much of the judo and self defense instruction, a 1,000-square-foot (93-m2)spring-loaded mat was installed in the center of the building. In addition to space for conducting judo exercises, the 3,665-square-foot (340-m2)metal building from Liberty Building Systems includes a room for children to complete homework and receive tutoring, craft room, multimedia room, boys’ and girls’ locker rooms and office/kitchen space.

Liberty also supplied 26-gauge unpainted Galvalume LibertyRib metal roof panels. Additionally, three translucent panels were shaped in the same fashion as Liberty’s corrugated roof product and incorporated into the design to allow natural daylight into the facility.


“Our kids are on the mat at least one hour a day in the after-school program and up to three hours a day during summer camps,” Hinchsliff said. “The light panels are directly above the mat area and provide great natural lighting during exercises.”

The building has a 1/2:12 roof pitch and clear span framing to provide primary structural support. The builder, Strickland Construction Co., field applied the 26-gauge LibertyRib wall panels with EIFS and provided cultured stone accents on the columns of the structure for an aesthetically pleasing appearance. The windows were designed and installed reaching all the way to the ceiling to produce lower utility costs and to increase the building’s energy efficiency.Architectural sunshades from All-Lite Architectural Products on the building’s exterior limit the suns glare and heat, while allowing natural light to come through the windows.”

After operating in the humid summer, I was surprised how energy-efficient our building really is,” Hinchsliff said. “It was originally a concern for me, but not anymore. Our building is cool and our utility bills aren’t through the roof.”


Builder: Strickland Construction Co., Olathe
Lead architect: Hernly & Associates, Lawrence, Kan.
Sunshade supplier: Associated Air Products, Lenexa, Kan.
Metal building, roof and wall panels: Liberty Building Systems, Memphis, Tenn.,
Sunshades: All-Lite Architectural Products, Fort Worth, Texas,