Request for qualifications issued for new Waterloo Region Consolidated Courthouse



    TORONTO, June 16 /CNW/ - Plans to build the new Waterloo Region
Consolidated Courthouse reached a significant milestone today with the release
of a request for qualifications (RFQ) to design, build, finance and maintain
the facility.
    The new facility will consolidate the Superior Court of Justice and
Ontario Court of Justice currently operating in three locations across the
Waterloo Region. Consolidating local courthouses has many benefits to court
users and the community, including reduced costs and more effective use of
resources.
    The RFQ is the first step in the process to select a consortium to
design, build, finance and maintain the new facility.
    "Our government is making much-needed improvements to Ontario's
infrastructure at an unprecedented rate," said David Caplan, Minister of
Public Infrastructure Renewal. "This project is part of ReNew Ontario, the
McGuinty government's $30-billion plus infrastructure investment plan to
modernize public infrastructure while ensuring value for taxpayer dollars."
    "We are moving forward to create a more modern, effective and accessible
justice system for the people of the Regional Municipality of Waterloo," said
Attorney General Chris Bentley. "By investing in infrastructure, the McGuinty
government is helping to ensure that first class facilities and services are
available to all Ontarians."
    "This is a sign of the government's commitment to our community," said
Kitchener Centre MPP John Milloy. "The Waterloo Region Consolidated Courthouse
project will spur economic development that will benefit everyone in the
region."
    RFQ submissions will be reviewed to pre-qualify project teams with the
design, construction and facilities management experience, the qualified
personnel and the financial strength to deliver a project of this size and
complexity. Pre-qualified teams will be invited to respond to a request for
proposals (RFP) to design, build, finance and maintain the new facility, which
is expected to be released in late 2008.

    Infrastructure Ontario is working with the Ministry of the Attorney
General to develop the facility. 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 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.

    Visit www.infrastructureontario.ca for more information.

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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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