Correctional News Features Johnson County Courthouse's Flexible, Iconic Design

The courthouse is designed for future flexibility, enabling the facility to serve Johnson County for the long term.

Johnson County Courthouse in Olathe, Kansas

Photo: © Bill Timmerman

Correctional News recently featured the new Johnson County Courthouse, highlighting the structure’s iconic, sustainable, and highly flexible design. Fentress Principal Brian Chaffee, FAIA, spoke with Managing Editor Zach Chouteau to give readers insight into the inspiration behind the building’s design.

A newly constructed venue in Olathe, Kan., instantly became an architectural icon upon its summertime completion—and is also set to serve the local community for generations to come. The facility in question is the gleaming new $182 million Johnson County Courthouse, located in downtown Olathe, designed by Fentress Architects in tandem with TreanorHL, and constructed by JE Dunn Construction.

Spanning 356,831 square feet and seven stories, the new structure replaced an aging, cramped venue with a stellar facility that includes 28 courtrooms, flexible space for six additional courtrooms and supporting functions; these include a Law Library, Court Administration, Court Clerk, Help Center, Court Trustee, Justice Information Management, Sheriff’s Office and other services necessary to serve all judicial and administrative needs for the Johnson County community.

The highly sustainable new courthouse has been designed to achieve USGBC LEED Gold and is expected to serve Johnson County for the next 70-plus years following its official launch in early January. It will also fulfill the county’s goal to reduce energy by 30 percent and accommodate the projected growth of about 10,000 residents annually.

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