(Updated Feb. 6, 2020)
Construction is underway on Johnson County’s new 28-courtroom courthouse in Olathe.
The new courthouse is being built across Santa Fe Street north of the existing courthouse and west of Olathe City Hall. The address is 150 W. Santa Fe St.
The project is in budget and overall construction progress remains on schedule with anticipated substantial completion planned for August 2020. The north parking lot scope of work is out to bid, and construction will begin in the second quarter. Interior construction is phased by floor. Level 4 courtroom millwork, including the bench, witness stand and jury box is being installed. A County Square public input meeting occurred Feb. 4, and presentation to the BOCC is anticipated during the first quarter of 2020.
The anticipated cost is $182 million ($193 with inflation costs factored in). The construction manager is JE Dunn Construction. The architects are TreanorHL & Fentress Architects.
Johnson County voters approved a 10-year, quarter-cent public safety sales tax to fund the project.
The new courthouse will address issues of concern for the community and residents, and it will:
- Separate 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/Americans with Disabilities Act compliant
The courthouse will meet Johnson County's judicial needs for more than 75 years as the county expects to add 10,000 residents each year. Its design will also allow for more courtrooms later as needed.
The new courthouse is anticipated to be open for business in the first quarter of 2021.
Tours of the current courthouse are available to the public upon request by e-mailing court administration.