County commissioners to receive update on Judicial and Law Enforcement Center remodel that could exceed $125 million

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The west side of the Douglas County Courthouse, 1100 Massachusetts St., is pictured on Sept. 23, 2021.

Douglas County commissioners on Wednesday will hear a follow-up presentation on a remodel of the Judicial and Law Enforcement Center that could cost more than $125 million.

The architecture firm overseeing the remodel, TreanorHL, has spent 10 months in the planning phase of a project aimed at expanding Douglas County’s courtroom space.

As the Journal-World reported in August, commissioners were presented with various options, including adding a wing to the building at 111 E. 11th St., adding a new floor, or constructing an entirely new facility and demolishing the current one.

At Wednesday’s work session, TreanorHL plans to provide a “final study presentation” and the “next steps in moving the project forward.” According to a memo in the agenda packet from County Administrator Sarah Plinsky, TreanorHL also plans to make recommendations on the best path forward.

The presentation is for informational purposes only, and no action will be taken by commissioners.

In other business, commissioners will:

• Consider, in the consent agenda, approving an amendment that would reallocate $577,250 of a $3.1 million grant. The grant was originally awarded by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services for the county’s Crisis Intervention Center.

If approved, $377,250 of those funds will be applied to debt service, while another $200,000 will be diverted to reimburse Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center for the “purchase of recently identified new equipment, furnishings, upgrades, and changes to systems for security, technology, and safety needed for the operation” of the Treatment and Recovery Center, according to a memo from Bob Tryanski, director of behavioral health projects.

The commission’s work session begins at 4 p.m. followed by the regular business meeting at 5:30 p.m. at the Douglas County Courthouse at 11th and Massachusetts streets. A Zoom link can be found on the county’s website,


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