Two of the county’s largest building projects are coming along on time and on budget.
This month, county leaders, including Fifth District Commissioner Michael Ashcraft and County Manager Penny Postoak Ferguson, toured the construction site of the new Johnson County Courthouse. Project leaders from J.E. Dunn Construction showed the group the latest progress on the facility’s construction.
On the seventh floor, the group saw construction progress on the family courtrooms. They also visited fourth-floor criminal courtrooms where construction crews were installing judges’ benches, jury boxes and witness stands. On the second level, the group witnessed the installation of the skylight above the public corridor. The new courthouse is expected to be completed by the end of this year and expected to open in early 2021.
The Tomahawk Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility expansion project is also coming along. Overall, the project is about 45% complete and the team is planning for two buildings to be finished this summer. This year, all three tower cranes will come down, signaling that we are getting close to finishing all structural concrete. The first of the tower cranes will be disassembled around March. The electrical substation will be complete and energized at the end of spring. The western portion of Lee Boulevard will be raised above the 100-year flood elevation to provide crews access to the site during extreme wet weather. The current plan is to begin this work in early-to-mid July.
Moving toward the end of the year, there will be more work inside as crews continue to install equipment, piping and work on the programming and startup of the computerized control system.
“The goal this year is to finish the structures, buildings and most of the equipment and accessories so that we can begin startup and commissioning activities in 2021,” said Susan Pekarek, Johnson County Wastewater’s general manager.