KITCHENER, ON, June 22 /CNW/ - The Honourable Chris Bentley, Attorney
General of Ontario, the Honourable John Milloy, MPP Kitchener Centre,
Leeanna Pendergast, MPP Kitchener Conestoga, and Ken Seiling, Regional
Chair of the Regional Municipality of Waterloo, celebrated the official
groundbreaking today for the new Waterloo Region Consolidated Courthouse.
The new facility, to be located at Duke and Frederick Streets in
downtown Kitchener, will improve courthouse services by consolidating
the Superior Court of Justice and Ontario Court of Justice, currently
operating in three locations across Waterloo Region. The new
multi-storey building will have space to accommodate 30 courtrooms.
The construction project will provide a boost to the regional economy by
creating and supporting thousands of jobs. At the peak of construction,
it is estimated that 250 workers will be on site daily. Construction of
the new courthouse is expected to be completed in early 2013.
As a part of the government's commitment to creating and promoting
energy conservation in Ontario, the new facility will be built to
Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) Silver standard,
which focuses on energy efficiency, healthy indoor environments and
reduced greenhouse emissions. The building will also feature a barrier
free design including:
no courthouse steps,
five barrier free courtrooms,
infrared hearing assistance,
barrier free witness stands, jury boxes and spectator positions in all
Infrastructure Ontario is working with the Ministry of the Attorney
General to develop the new courthouse. Infrastructure Ontario is a Crown
corporation dedicated to managing some of the province's larger and more
complex infrastructure renewal projects - ensuring they are built on
time and on budget.
Visit www.infrastructureontario.ca for more information.
Hon. Chris Bentley, Attorney General
"As part of the Open
Ontario Plan, this new secure and accessible state-of-the-art courthouse
will meet community needs for years to come. By having all court
services housed under one roof we are improving access to justice."
Hon. John Milloy, MPP Kitchener Centre
"The Waterloo Region
Consolidated Courthouse will have a major impact on the revitalization
of downtown Kitchener. This project has great significance for not only
the justice community, but local businesses, community agencies, and
residents. Now that construction is underway, the courthouse project
will create new jobs and spur economic development that will benefit
everyone in the region."
Leeanna Pendergast, MPP Kitchener Conestoga
"Not only will
the Waterloo Region Consolidated Courthouse improve access to justice
services in the region, but it will also be a green building, meeting
rigorous requirements for energy management and conservation."
The Waterloo Region Consolidated Courthouse, expected to open in early
2013, will be a modern, integrated facility that will consolidate
Superior Court and Ontario Court of Justice services currently delivered
from three locations across the Waterloo region. The courthouse will be
built in downtown Kitchener, located at Duke and Frederick Streets.
Consolidation of court services on one site will improve access to
The Waterloo Region Consolidated Courthouse will be a multi-storey
building with space to accommodate 30 courtrooms.
The new courthouse will increase the capacity to deliver timely and
efficient justice services in the Waterloo Region, with:
Barrier free design including no courthouse steps, five barrier free
courtrooms, infrared hearing assistance and barrier free witness
stands, jury boxes and spectator positions in all courtrooms.
Enhanced accommodation for interpretation including one jury room
permanently equipped for simultaneous interpretation and three
portable interpretation booths.
A contemporary design that fits into the downtown context and provides
a new civic plaza in the heart of downtown Kitchener.
A three-storey glazed atrium which will bring natural light deep into
A commitment to meet the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
(LEED) Silver standard.
Capacity for expansion and internal flexibility to ensure maximum
usefulness throughout its lifetime.
The building design will emphasize energy efficiency, a high quality and
healthy indoor environment and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. For
example, this will be achieved through building material selections and
green housekeeping practices.
The Building Team
Integrated Team Solutions (ITS) is the consortia chosen to design,
build, finance and maintain the new Waterloo Consolidated Courthouse
over the next 30 years. ITS includes Fengte Capital Management/LFP
Infrastructure Fund, EllisDon Corporation, NORR Limited/Aecom Services,
SNC Lavalin Profac and CIT Group Securities Inc.
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SOURCE Infrastructure Ontario
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|Jennifer Sclisizzi |
Ministry of the Attorney General