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Filling a need.
With an aging, overcrowded courthouse, the decision to construct a new one in Johnson County, Kan., presented an opportunity to address other issues raised by the community and its residents. In 2016, Johnson County voters approved a 10-year, quarter-cent public safety sales tax to fund the project. 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. When complete, the 28-courtroom courthouse will cost much less to maintain than the current building, and it will better separate inmates and criminal defendants from victims, witnesses, jurors, and others in courthouse corridors. Designed with future growth in mind, the courthouse will fill the county's judicial needs for the next 75 years with the ability to add more courtrooms as the need arises.
A team's tunnel vision.
An eight-week project kicked off in early February 2019 to build a new branch of the courthouse tunnel. This tunnel is used for the secure transport of inmates to and from the courthouse and the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office Central Booking Facility. Due to a new courthouse being built across the street a new tunnel branch was needed. Despite multiple days of heavy winter snow, the project wrapped up April 8 – ten days ahead of schedule.
A ceremonial topping out.
Another milestone was reached at the Johnson County Courthouse project site in Johnson County, Kansas. Project team members, partners and city officials gathered for a topping out ceremony to watch the last steel beam be placed on the building's highest structure. The event kicked off with a traditional beam signing and we heard a few words of gratitude from Johnson County Board of County Commissioners Chairman Ed Eilert, JE Dunn Senior Project Manager Ben Vanderau and more. JE Dunn General Superintendent Dan Kanzler closed the ceremony and launched the ceremonial signed steel beam. A celebratory BBQ lunch and brief job site tour was held to conclude the event. In keeping with a “topping out” tradition, the final 12-foot, 240-pound beam had a small evergreen tree, known as the construction “Christmas tree,” at one end and an American flag at the opposite end. The tree signifies the safe completion of the framing of the structure, and a wish for continued good luck for the future of the building project. In addition, the event allows an opportunity to publicly thank the more than 200 construction workers for their hard work.
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GSA Wayne L. Morse U.S. Federal Courthouse
Johnson County Courthouse

The Johnson County Courthouse (JCCH) project involves the design and construction of a new courthouse to serve all functions of the Tenth Judicial District Court, District Attorney and supporting spaces. The Tenth Judicial District Court includes Criminal, Civil, Family, Veteran’s, Probate and CINC courts along with High-Volume Traffic and Small Claims. In 2016, Johnson County voters approved a 10-year, quarter-cent public safety sales tax to fund the project. 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. 

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Johnson County Topping Out Ceremony

Workers from JE Dunn raised the final beam to top out the new Johnson County Courthouse.

Johnson County Courthouse Bird's-eye View

Take a look a the view at the top of the new courthouse with the beam that was raised upward in the at the Johnson County Courthouse topping out ceremony.

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