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Junction City, Kansas
2017 to 2022
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Project Case

Junction City High School Development

In 2017, voters approved a $105 million bond for construction of a brand-new high school in Junction City, Kansas.

Approved at no additional cost to taxpayers and funded through local, state and federal funding, Junction City High School is considered the flagship school of Kansas and the military. Developing this new high school was an extensive plan, involving many tied projects to incorporate the school.

The Challenge

Incorporating the Brand-New High School

Because of our on-call consulting agreement with the City of Junction City, our firm was involved in expanding communication between the City of Junction City, Geary County and the Junction City School Board to incorporate the school into the city. Located west of Junction City, incorporating Junction City High School required developing new roads, a waterline, roundabout and trail connector.

The Projects

The High School

Junction City High School holds 1,700 students with new academic and athletic facilities. The facility is attracting military families to the nearby Fort Riley military base from across the country, introducing innovative and collaborative environments for students; creating technologically advanced learning spaces; and providing brand new facilities for student athletes. The school is considered the flagship school of Kansas and the flagship school of the military.

The Roundabout

The K-18 and Karns Drive Roundabout is located southeast of Junction City High School. The roundabout provides safe passage for motorists and pedestrians near the high school as well as Junction City Middle School. It also connects the school to the city’s system of trails that runs throughout Junction City. Construction of the roundabout is funded by the Kansas Department of Transportation at 100% for up to a maximum of $2 million on the project. This project included extending a sanitary sewer to homes in the area and relocating access from K-18 to Blue Jay Way.

The Roads

In addition to construction of Junction City High School, Blue Jay Way and Munson Road were developed to provide safe access to the school. Blue Jay Way runs east of the high school, and Munson Road runs along the west side of Junction City High School. A waterline was installed along Blue Jay Way from Highway K-18 to Rucker Road to provide water to Junction City High School and nearby residential areas.

The Trail

Junction City has a connected system of trails throughout the city and needed to connect the new development of Junction City High School west of town with the rest of the trails. This half-mile portion of 10-foot-wide trail will connect the trail system east of Spring Valley Road to Blue Jay Way near Junction City High School. This trail project offers safe access to the school and continues the trail system throughout Junction City. The City of Junction City received a $737,653 grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation to fund the West K-18 Trail Connector project.

The Outcome

High School Incorporation a Success

While development of Junction City High School included many tied aspects, our firm’s experience with project management helped streamline these projects and unite government, educational and commercial organizations together to develop a flagship facility that advances learning for students in Geary County.