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Medical Examiner Facility Project

Medical examiner building construction

Construction is underway on a new 33,000-square-foot, single story medical examiner facility.

Johnson County broke ground on the project in December. Voters approved a ¼-cent sales tax in November 2016 to build a $21 million facility.

The facility is located on the Johnson County Government campus at 119th and Ridgeview in Olathe. The contractor is McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. The design firms are PGAV Architects and SmithGroupJJR.

The project team visited peer facilities in New Mexico, Maryland, Kansas and Missouri to gather information on best practices, design efficiencies and ideas for specialty fixtures and equipment.

The goals of the new medical examiner facility are:

  • Increase autopsy rates to meet appropriate national benchmarks
  • Build a state of the art, high-functioning facility, known for excellence and leadership 
  • Facilitate National Association of Medical Examiners (N.A.M.E.) accreditation by meeting scientific requirements 
  • Provide reliable data for public health to identify trends and emerging diseases

The construction budget is $16.5 million. The project should be completed by the end of 2019, with move in taking place 1Q 2020 and the opening of the building 2Q 2020.

Johnson County Medical Examiner Facility Groundbreaking

Medical Examiner Facility Project News

Ground breaking for new medical examiner facility

County leaders and other partners and stakeholders donned hard hats and flipped dirt on a cold and drizzly Thursday. A ground breaking ceremony celebrated the construction of Johnson County’s first-ever medical examiner facility.

NEW: Please take a look at our ground breaking video below. We also have information in this news release and photos available here.




Plans underway for new county medical examiner facility

Renderings and a fly-through animation are now available for the new county medical examiner facility. The project team presented those materials along with a project overview and schedule update, at a Committee of the Whole on Thursday, Nov. 1.

Johnson County has long studied the need for its own medical examiner facility to perform autopsies and death investigations. The Johnson County voters approved a ¼-cent sales tax in November 2016 to build a $21 million facility.

You can read more about the project in this news release. We also have made available the renderings and animation at this link.


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