Johnson County's new 28-courtroom courthouse will be built across Santa Fe Street directly north of the existing courthouse building and directly west of Olathe City Hall in downtown Olathe. Click here for a map. The courthouse will cost $182 million ($193 with inflation costs factored in) and will take four years to construct.
The new courthouse will directly address issues of concern for the community and our residents:
- Safety and security improvements — separating inmates and criminal defendants from victims, witnesses, jurors and others in courthouse corridors.
- Replace the aging, overcrowded courthouse — with a more efficient building that will cost much less to maintain
- Be accessible/ADA compliant.
The courthouse will position Johnson County's judicial needs more than 75 years as the county expects to add 10,000 residents each year. It's design will also allow for additional courtrooms to be added later as needed.
Project updates and next steps for a new Johnson County Courthouse:
The following timeline identifies actions taken since the November 8, 2016 countywide public vote approving a quarter-cent public safety sales tax to fund the courthouse and a medical examiner/coroner facility and the actions to be taken before the summer 2018 courthouse groundbreaking:
- Dec. 9 - Johnson County Board of County Commissioners adopted a resolution to levy the additional one-fourth cent sales tax countywide for a period of 10 years, beginning on or about April 1, 2017.
- The Board of County Commissioners amended the county's Capital Improvement Program to include the courthouse and medical examiner/coroner facility projects and authorize the projects.
- The Public Building Commission approved the projects and sale of bonds.
- Johnson County negotiated with property owners in block 29 (located one block north of the site of the new courthouse) to purchase the property for a new parking lot for the courthouse.
- Johnson County issued a number of requests for proposals (RFP) for professional services, including an owner’s representative and a design criteria consultant. Both were approved in 2017 and have been working on the county's project requirements.
- Johnson County demolished structures on property it purchased for a new courthouse parking lot. The property is located a block north of the site of new courthouse (late October/early November 2017).
- The Board of County Commissioners voted Nov. 2, 2017 to select JE Dunn/TreanorHL/Fentress as the design-build team.
- The general public heard from the appointed Artist Selection Panel (ASP) as they reviewed and discussed submissions in response to the Call for Artists. The ASP’ will identify a short-list of finalists to be interviewed for inclusion on the Design-Build team. Ultimately the selected artist will install original, integrated, new public art in the new courthouse.
- Public engagement meetings were held February 6 in Olathe and February 7 in Overland Park to provide residents with initial design and plans and receive feedback.
- Schematic designs to be presented to the Board of County Commission March 22, 2018.
- Second quarter 2018, begin construction.
- Complete construction by end of 2020 and occupy the building in early 2021.