As you look around, it’s clear that creating efficient, innovative and attractive structures is a priority when it comes to Johnson County serving residents. This month, Johnson County Assistant Manager Joe Waters was recognized for guiding area architecture. On Dec. 6, the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Kansas City honored Waters with the Architectural Advocate of the Year Award.
Waters was nominated for the award by AIA Board President Andy Pitts.
“Joe has pushed the design community to ‘raise the bar’ and provide the county with facilities that are sustainable and of quality design,” said Pitts.
Throughout his decades with the county, Waters has overseen dramatic growth and construction in the county, and led the JoCo Strategic Facilities Master Plan—an analysis and policy guideline for the effective use and orderly acquisition and development of county facility and land assets.
“In my career with Johnson County government, it has been my good fortune to work with creative and devoted public servants and architects. We strive quite literally on each project to create outstanding examples of civic architecture—demanding ingenuity, high performance, continuous improvement and stewardship of ourselves and our partners,” Waters said.
Since 2002, the county has constructed or initiated more than $850 million in building projects. The Johnson County Courthouse is one of the most notable projects involved. Construction is currently underway in downtown Olathe. Completion is targeted for August 2020. Public engagement meetings associated with the greenspace at the existing courthouse site are planned for mid-2019.
Other important projects include:
Lenexa City Center Library – The new Lenexa City Center Library is taking shape. When it opens in the second quarter of 2019, the two-story library will feature a convenient Holds area right inside the entrance on the Lenexa Commons level, a drive-through service point, specific areas for kids, teens and more.
Monticello Library – Recently completed this year, the Monticello Library is the 14th branch in the Johnson County Library system, located in Shawnee. It’s the first new library location in the county since 1994. The two-story structure features 33,000 square feet of space with floor-to-ceiling glass along three sides. The space was designed in response to resident feedback regarding the need for meeting space, a children’s area and diverse technology.
Learn more about agency county projects, at www.jocogov.org/dept/county-manager-office/county-projects/all-projects.