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"Construction gets rolling on Lenexa Justice Center that will house police, court facilities"

Lenexa's new Justice Center, designed by Finkle + Williams Architecture begins Construction.

September 21, 2022

*Article by Nicole Dolan – Staff Writer, Kansas City Business Journal*

Construction on the $73 million Lenexa Justice Center has started on schedule at the southwest corner of Prairie Star Parkway and Britton Street.

The facility is set to open in the spring of 2024. The Justice Center will house the city's police department, municipal court, information technology server room and communications unit. It also will have space for training and vehicle storage, as well as a firing range.

What's inside the Justice Center

The police department and municipal court building will occupy 97,000 square feet and include space for security equipment and designated rooms for attorneys, clients, officers and witnesses. The site also adds adds designated waiting spaces so visitors aren't left in the hallway.

Inside the police department, there is storage space to hold records and evidence. Dispatchers will be able to use a communications center, and there will also be critical emergency management technology, facilities for mental health co-responders and a separate, modern space for special unit victims to meet detectives.

Behind the police and court building, the city will build a 23,500-square-foot training facility for new officers. The space aims to enhance recruitment and offer more training opportunities for current staff.

The complex will use wood panels in its front lobby and have updated furnishings. Near the lobby, there will be space for police to host community events such as use-of-force workshops and internet safety classes.

Who is working on the project

Lenexa-based Finkle + Williams Architecture was picked to be the design lead for the building, though Denver-based Roth Sheppard Architects and several other local consultants are also working with the architecture firm.

These other companies are working on architecture and design: Henderson Engineers, Renaissance Infrastructure Consulting, BSE Structural Engineering, Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architecture and TCA Architecture.

K&W Underground will install fiber optic infrastructure, which is necessary to move Lenexa's data center from the city's Public Safety Complex on 87th Street Parkway.

Built in 1980, the existing complex lacks space and is outdated. Officials have said they will maintain a civic presence on the site and are considering adding a fire station there. The use of the site will be subject to future City Council discussions and staff direction."

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