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. Crews are currently working on the concrete structure and roof deck while exterior building materials are being installed. JE Dunn’s "topping out" ceremony took place on Aug. 13. The ceremony was a milestone that celebrated construction reaching full height.
Public engagement for the new county square is underway.
The anticipated cost is $182 million ($193 with inflation costs factored in). The contractor is JE Dunn Construction. Design firms 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 Q1 2021.
Tours of the current courthouse are available to the public upon request by e-mailing court administration.