Construction Begins On Durham Consolidated Courthouse

    Facility to Consolidate Regional Justice Services

    OSHAWA, ON, June 28 /CNW/ - Construction officially began on the Durham
Consolidated Courthouse in Oshawa, Minister of Public Infrastructure Renewal
David Caplan and Attorney General Michael Bryant announced today at a
groundbreaking ceremony for the new courthouse.
    "The Durham Consolidated Courthouse project is an example of our
government's commitment to investing in infrastructure across the Province of
Ontario," said Caplan. "Not only will this new courthouse improve access to
justice services in the region, but it will also be one of the largest 'green'
buildings in Ontario."
    "The Durham Consolidated Courthouse will provide the people in Durham
Region with modern courthouse facilities and meet the growing needs of the
community," said Bryant. "This investment will help strengthen the justice
system in this great region."
    Over the next 20 years, the Region of Durham is forecasted to have one of
Ontario's highest rates of population and caseload growth.
    "I would like to thank the community for its continued support of this
project," said Pickering-Ajax-Uxbridge MPP Wayne Arthurs. "The new justice
facility will spur economic development that will benefit everyone in the
region and we are looking forward to the project's completion."
    "It's really exciting to see construction begin on this much-needed
facility," said Oshawa Mayor John Gray. "The courthouse will have enormous
economic benefits for Oshawa and our downtown businesses will experience
first-hand an increase in customers. The courthouse, General Motors Centre and
other downtown initiatives will continue to revitalize the heart of our city."
    Caplan, Bryant, Arthurs and Gray joined members of the Judiciary, staff
from the Ministry of the Attorney General and the City of Oshawa, and
representatives from Access Justice Durham to officially launch the
construction. Earlier this year, Access Justice Durham was selected as the
building team to design, build, finance and maintain the new courthouse.
    The new courthouse, consolidating justice services currently provided in
eight locations across the region, will have 33 courtrooms, three motions
rooms, two conference/settlement rooms and related justice services. It will
be equipped with up-to-date technology and security systems. The new
courthouse is expected to be open in late 2009.
    As 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 Environmental Design (LEED) standards, which includes rigorous
requirements for energy management and conservation.
    Ernst & Young Orenda Corporate Finance completed an independent value for
money (VFM) assessment of the project contract and confirmed an estimated
$49 million in savings. A copy of the VFM report is available on
Infrastructure Ontario's website along with the project agreement. The VFM
report provides a summary of the project costs, including the cost of the
contract with Access Justice Durham, transaction costs and other ancillary
    Infrastructure Ontario will work with the Ministry of the Attorney
General on the Durham Consolidated Courthouse project. 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. The Durham
Consolidated Courthouse project is one of many infrastructure projects being
upgraded and modernized under ReNew Ontario, the government's five-year,
$30-billion plus public infrastructure investment plan.
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For further information:

For further information: Amy Tang, Minister's Office, Ministry of Public
Infrastructure Renewal, (416) 325-4048; Greg Crone, Minister's Office,
Ministry of the Attorney General, (416) 326-1785; Jennifer Sclisizzi,
Infrastructure Ontario, (416) 325-7409; Brendan Crawley, Ministry of the
Attorney General, Communications Branch, (416) 326-2210

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