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 Street.

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 courthouse.

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 financing.

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 infrastructure. 

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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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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:

   Developer:     Fengate Capital Management / EllisDon
   Design:    NORR
   Construction:    EllisDon
   Facilities Management:    SNC-Lavalin Operations and Maintenance
   Financial Advisor:    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 taxpayers.

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
(416) 326-2210

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