ST. THOMAS, ON , June 15, 2011 /CNW/ - Infrastructure Ontario and the
Ministry of the Attorney General announced today that Integrated Team
Solutions (ITS) has signed a contract to design, build, finance and maintain a new
consolidated courthouse in St. Thomas.
Today's announcement signifies that all contractual steps have been
completed and construction can start in July 2011, beginning with work
on the heritage courthouse.
The new courthouse will be constructed on Wellington Street on the site
of the historic Elgin County Courthouse, which will be incorporated
into the new facility. The new building will consolidate St. Thomas's
two courts: the Superior Court of Justice, temporarily located on
Silver Street, and the Ontario Court of Justice, located on Curtis
The new courthouse will improve access to justice for the County of
Elgin by increasing the number of available courtrooms and will provide
better access and security while improving health and safety standards.
St. Thomas Consolidated Courthouse project highlights include:
a new multi-storey building with space to accommodate eight courtrooms
and three conference/settlement rooms;
a commitment by the government to meet the Canada Green Building
Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver
standard, incorporating environmentally sustainable construction
practices and energy efficient design;
an extensively refurbished historic Elgin County Courthouse and former
Land Registry Office will be incorporated into the new consolidated
The value of the contract with Integrated Team Solutions in today's dollars is $249 million. When adjustments for anticipated
inflation are made for the 30-year contract term, the contract value is
$328 million. This covers the design and construction of the facility,
building maintenance, life-cycle repair and renewal, as well as project
The construction project will boost the regional economy by creating and
supporting hundreds of jobs. At the peak of construction, it is
estimated that 120 workers will be on site daily. Construction of the
new courthouse is expected to be completed in 2014.
Infrastructure Ontario is working with the Ministry of the Attorney
General to develop the new courthouse. Infrastructure Ontario is a
Crown corporation dedicated to delivering some of the province's larger
and more complex infrastructure renewal projects, on time and on
budget; managing one of the largest real estate portfolios in Canada
and providing real estate services, such as asset management, and
property and land management; and providing the public sector and
not-for-profit organizations with long-term financing to renew public
Visit www.infrastructureontario.ca for more information.
Hon. Chris Bentley, Attorney General
"We are working closely with the community and our justice partners in
the area to build a courthouse that will improve court operations and
ensure better access to justice for everyone in the St. Thomas area."
Hon. Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure
"Not only will the St. Thomas 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."
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ST. THOMAS CONSOLIDATED COURTHOUSE PROJECT
Integrated Team Solutions (ITS) has signed a contract with the Province
of Ontario to design, build, finance and maintain the new St. Thomas
Consolidated Courthouse on behalf of the Ministry of the Attorney
General. The Integrated Team Solutions team includes:
Fengate Capital Management / EllisDon
SNC-Lavalin Operations and Maintenance
National Bank Financial
Construction financing for the St. Thomas Consolidated Courthouse is
being provided by National Bank of Canada. Long-term financing is being
provided by Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada and The Canada Life
Assurance Company. Equity is being provided by Fengate Capital
Management and EllisDon.
Integrated Team Solutions participated in an open, fair and competitive
procurement process and submitted the best proposal for Ontario
The contract with Integrated Team Solutions
The St. Thomas Consolidated Courthouse project will be delivered using
an Alternative Financing and Procurement (AFP) model. Under the terms
of the project agreement, Integrated Team Solutions will receive annual
payments from the Province over a 30-year period. These payments cover
design, construction, project financing and building maintenance for 30
years after construction.
The contract with Integrated Team Solutions is for a fixed price of $249
million in current (2011) dollars, to be delivered by a fixed
completion date. When adjusting for the anticipated inflation over the
30 year contract term, the contact value is $328 million. The project
agreement also makes Integrated Team Solutions responsible for any
design errors and omissions, project management and sub-contractor
coordination, increases in construction material prices and labour
costs, schedule and project completion delays, and other related
construction risks. In the past, the public sector assumed these risks;
however, the AFP model now transfers these risks to the private sector
- to Integrated Team Solutions, in this case.
The province's 30-year maintenance agreement with Integrated Team
Solutions will ensure that the physical components of its new
facilities — roofing structure, windows, floors, elevators, heating and
cooling systems, and other components — are kept in excellent working
condition over the term of the agreement. Under the project agreement,
if the building requires a new roof or a new boiler, the private sector
replaces and pays for it.
Annual payments to Integrated Team Solutions are performance-based.
Payments can be withheld if Integrated Team Solutions does not meet the
agreed-upon performance standards.
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SOURCE Infrastructure Ontario
For further information:
Brendan Crawley Tom Boreskie
Communications Branch Infrastructure Ontario
Ministry of the Attorney General (416) 212-6447