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Johnson County Commission selects courthouse design-build team

The Johnson County Commission today selected the design-build team for the new county courthouse project.

Kansas City-based JE Dunn Construction was selected to lead courthouse construction management, alongside Lawrence-based architecture firm TreanorHL and Denver-based Fentress Architects.

“Johnson County is in good hands with this design-build team led by JE Dunn Construction,” Board of County Commissioners Chairman Ed Eilert said. “On behalf of the taxpayers, I’d like to commend county staff for the open, competitive process by which this team was recommended and selected. The search for this design-build contract allowed us to be fair and transparent to find the right team for our new courthouse.”

The design-build team was selected through a competitive procurement process and approved by the county commission Nov. 2 in a special public building commission meeting.

TreanorHL will lead the courthouse design process, partnering with civic-specialized designers including Fentress Architects.

Last November, Johnson County residents approved a 10-year, quarter-cent sales tax to fund a $193 million project (reflects $182 million courthouse projected costs plus inflation during construction).

The new courthouse will be approximately 320,000 square feet with 28 courtrooms. The project will include extending a secure underground tunnel from Olathe Central Booking and Adult Detention Center, master planning for a parking lot on the north side of the building site and a greenspace on the site of the existing courthouse.

Design for the courthouse is underway, with a groundbreaking scheduled for summer 2018. The project is expected to be completed in 2020 with occupancy in 2021.