Contract awarded for the Durham Consolidated Courthouse project



    TORONTO, March 2 /CNW/ - Access Justice Durham has been chosen by the
Province to design, build, finance and maintain the Durham Consolidated
Courthouse and construction is on track to break ground in April 2007.
    The Durham Consolidated Courthouse will be a modern, integrated facility
that will consolidate Superior Court and Ontario Court justice services
currently delivered from eight locations across the Durham region.
    "A tremendous milestone was reached today - a milestone which paves the
way for improved access to justice services in the Durham region," said David
Caplan, Minister of Public Infrastructure Renewal. "I congratulate Access
Justice Durham on becoming the successful bidder for this project and look
forward to the start of construction."
    "The new building will be the most technologically advanced courthouse in
the province," said Michael Bryant, Attorney General. "By investing in
infrastructure, the McGuinty government is helping to ensure that first class
facilities and services are available to all Ontarians."

    
    Highlights of the Durham Consolidated Courthouse:

    -   Five courtrooms will be outfitted for video conferencing
    -   Two remote video testimony rooms will accommodate vulnerable and
        child witnesses
    -   Enhanced accommodation for interpretation/translation including one
        jury room permanently equipped for simultaneous translation and three
        portable translation booths available
    -   Designed to be compliant with the Ontario Disabilities Act
    

    The Durham Consolidated Courthouse will be the first Ontario government
building to receive the Canada Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy
and Environmental Design (LEED) silver certification for incorporating
environmentally-sustainable construction practices and energy-efficient
design.

    
    The Access Justice Durham team consists of:

    -   Babcock & Brown Infrastructure Group
    -   PCL Constructors Canada Inc.
    -   Johnson Controls LP
    -   WZMH Architects
    

    "This project will create hundreds of jobs in the local construction
industry and will be a major catalyst for revitalization in downtown Oshawa, a
designated provincial growth centre," said MPP Wayne Arthurs,
Pickering-Ajax-Uxbridge.
    Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of the Attorney General will work
with Access Justice Durham to construct 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.
    This project is guided by the principles outlined in the Province's
Building a Better Tomorrow framework, which ensures public ownership of core
assets such as hospitals, schools, and water and wastewater facilities. The
Durham Consolidated Courthouse is one of many infrastructure projects being
constructed under ReNew Ontario, the government's five-year, $30 billion plus
public infrastructure investment plan.
    Visit www.infrastructureontario.ca for more information.

    
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    The Durham Consolidated Courthouse, expected to open in Fall 2009, will
be a modern, integrated facility that will consolidate Superior Court and
Ontario Court justice services currently delivered from eight locations across
the Durham region. The building - located in downtown Oshawa - will house 33
courtrooms, three motions rooms, two conference/settlement rooms and related
legal and court services. The new courthouse will improve access to justice
and help spur economic development across the region.
    The building design will conform to the Canada Green Building Council's
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification standards,
with an emphasis on energy management and conservation.
    A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) was issued in March 2005. Three
consortia were short-listed based on their capacity to undertake projects of
this size and complexity. In February 2006, a Request for Proposals (RFP) was
issued to the pre-qualified consortia. The Ministry of the Attorney General
and Infrastructure Ontario selected Access Justice Durham as the successful
bidder based on its design proposal, construction and technical capability,
the schedule proposed and the overall Value for Money criteria offered.
    The courthouse plans were developed in co-operation with staff from the
Ministries of the Attorney General and Public Infrastructure Renewal, the
Ontario Realty Corporation and Infrastructure Ontario. Those staff have been
involved in the design of the facility to ensure that it meets staff and
stakeholder needs with the best working environment possible.
    As part of the bidding process, Access Justice Durham was required to
submit a design proposal for the courthouse that met the functional
specifications needed to accommodate the advanced technological and expanded
services the courthouse will provide.

    
    Highlights of the Durham Consolidated Courthouse:

    -   Five courtrooms will be outfitted for video conferencing
    -   Two remote video testimony rooms will accommodate vulnerable and
        child witnesses
    -   Enhanced accommodation for interpretation/translation including one
        jury room permanently equipped for simultaneous translation and three
        portable translation booths available
    -   Designed to be compliant with the Ontario Disabilities Act
    

    With more than 500 full-time employees, the new courthouse will increase
the capacity to deliver justice services in the Durham region.
    In addition, throughout the construction period, there will be an average
of 250 construction workers on site daily.

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For further information:

For further information: Amy Tang, Minister's Office, Public
Infrastructure Renewal, (416) 325-4048; Jennifer Sclisizzi, Infrastructure
Ontario, (416) 325-7409


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