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BELLEVILLE, ON, June 22, 2011 /CNW/ - Infrastructure Ontario and the
Ministry of the Attorney General announced today that Brookfield
Partnerships Quinte has signed a fixed-price contract with the province
to design, build, finance and maintain a new consolidated courthouse in
Belleville. Today's announcement signals that all contractual steps are
complete and Brookfield Partnerships Quinte will begin construction in
The construction project will stimulate the local and regional economies
by supporting and creating jobs. At the peak of construction activity,
Brookfield Partnerships Quinte estimates 200 workers will be on the
Quinte Consolidated Courthouse, to be located at Coleman and Bridge
Streets, will improve access to courthouse services by consolidating
the Superior Court of Justice and Ontario Court of Justice, which are
currently operating in four court locations - three in Belleville and
one in Trenton.
The new courthouse will improve access to justice for the County of
Hastings by increasing the number of available courtrooms, providing
better security and improving access for people with disabilities.
The Quinte Consolidated Courthouse will be designed and built to meet
the Canada Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and
Environmental Design (LEED®) Silver standards, incorporating environmentally sustainable
construction practices and energy efficient design.
The value of the contract with Brookfield Partnerships Quinte in today's
dollars is approximately $247.4 million. When adjustments for
anticipated inflation are made for the 30 year contract term, the
contract value is $270.7 million. This covers the construction of the
facility, building maintenance, life-cycle repair and renewal, as well
as project financing.
The selection of Brookfield Partnerships Quinte is the result of an
open, fair and competitive procurement process that began in May 2010.
The Brookfield Partnerships Quinte consortium represents a joint
venture between Brookfield Financial Corp. and Morguard Corporation,
with PCL Constructors Canada providing construction services. The
facility was designed by WZMH Architects, with Morguard also providing
facilities management. Brookfield Financial Corp. also acted as the
financial advisor to Brookfield Partnerships Quinte.
Infrastructure Ontario is working with the Ministry of the Attorney
General to develop 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. As well, it is dedicated to providing the
public sector and not-for-profit organizations with long-term financing
to renew their infrastructure.
Visit www.infrastructureontario.ca for more information.
Honourable Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure
"Today's announcement illustrates the government's commitment to
building safe, strong communities and investing in this modern facility
is part of that commitment."
Honourable Chris Bentley, Attorney General
"By consolidating courthouse services in one location, we are increasing
efficiency and ensuring secure, accessible justice services that will
meet community needs for generations to come."
Leona Dombrowsky, MPP for Prince-Edward Hastings
"Once complete, this new courthouse will provide the people in the
County of Hastings with modern courthouse facilities to help meet the
growing needs of this community."
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QUINTE CONSOLIDATED COURTHOUSE PROJECT
Brookfield Partnerships Quinte has signed a contract with the province
to design, build, finance and maintain a new Quinte Consolidated
Courthouse in Belleville. The Brookfield Partnerships Quinte consortium
represents a joint venture between Brookfield Financial Corp. and
Morguard Corporation, with PCL Constructors Canada providing
construction services. The facility was designed by WZMH Architects,
with Morguard also providing facilities management. Brookfield
Financial Corp. also acted as the financial advisor to Brookfield
Partnerships Quinte. Financing for the Quinte Consolidated Courthouse
is being provided by TD Bank and Canada Life.
Brookfield Partnerships Quinte participated in an open, fair and
competitive procurement process and submitted the proposal with the
best value for Ontario taxpayers.
The Contract with Brookfield Partnerships Quinte
The Quinte Consolidated Courthouse project will be delivered using an
Alternative Financing and Procurement (AFP) model. Under the terms of
the project agreement, Brookfield Partnerships Quinte 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 Brookfield
Partnerships Quinte is for $247.4 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 contract
value is $270.7 million. The project agreement also makes Brookfield
Partnerships Quinte responsible for any design issues, 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 Brookfield Partnerships Quinte, in
The province's 30-year maintenance agreement with Brookfield
Partnerships Quinte will ensure the physical components of the new
courthouse - 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.
For more information on the Ministry of the Attorney General visit www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca. For more information on Infrastructure Ontario visit www.infrastructureontario.ca.
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