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Aerial view of courthouse construction site on Sept. 6, 2018

Construction is officially underway on the new Johnson County Courthouse!

The Johnson County Board of County Commissioners celebrated the construction kickoff on July 12, 2018, with residents, city and county leaders, community groups and other stakeholders. 

The new 28-courtroom courthouse is being built across Santa Fe Street directly north of the existing courthouse building and directly west of Olathe City Hall in downtown Olathe. The courthouse will cost $182 million ($193 with inflation costs factored in). Construction should be complete by the end of 2020, with people occupying the building in early 2021.

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. Its design will also allow for additional courtrooms to be added later as needed.

Artist renderings and video

New County Courthouse rendering

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Project timeline

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.

construction schedule

Completed steps

  • 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 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 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 Feb. 6, 2018, in Olathe and Feb. 7 in Overland Park to provide residents with initial design and plans and receive feedback.
  • Schematic designs were presented to the Board of County Commission on March 22, 2018.
  • Construction began in the second quarter of 2018.

Next steps

  • Complete construction by end of 2020 and occupy the building in early 2021.