The new Johnson County Courthouse has reached the milestone of substantial completion. The project has been under construction for just over two years leading up to this significant date in the overall timeline.
The certificate of substantial completion is dated August 21, 2020 on the 356,821 square feet, seven story courthouse building which includes 28 courtrooms, secure in-custody circulation, state of the art technology, public gathering spaces and north parking lot.
Visitors to downtown Olathe will have noticed the recent installation of landscaping, site walls, granite pavers and monument signage. The surface parking lot to the north has also been completed.
On the interior, installation was recently completed on Benjamin Ball’s public art titled “Open Prairie,” visible from Santa Fe Street at the main building entrance. Additionally, the historic Goddess of Justice statue has been relocated to the lobby, marking the third courthouse to house her.
Work remaining within the J.E. Dunn design-build contract includes demolition of the current courthouse, the development of a county square and the new tunnel tie-in to existing Olathe Adult Detention Center. Work on the tunnel tie-in is anticipated to start in September.
Installation of systems and ancillary furniture will continue through the month of November as the project team turns their focus toward the training and relocation of staff this winter.
The new courthouse is anticipated to be open to the public for business on January 4, 2021.
Keep abreast of the latest on the courthouse project at jocogov.org/courthouse.