TORONTO, Oct. 28, 2014 /CNW/ - The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships (CCPPP) is proud to announce that the Elgin County Courthouse P3 project has won gold in the Infrastructure category at the 2014 National Awards for Innovation and Excellence in Public-Private Partnerships (P3s).
The new courthouse marks the beginning of the next chapter in a 160-year tradition of justice administration in Elgin County by consolidating the Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Justice under one roof. The $249-million project included a beautiful restoration of the heritage courthouse, connecting it to the former Land Registry Office with a modern addition.
"The Elgin County Courthouse will provide residents in the region with streamlined access to consolidated judicial services in a beautiful and accessible setting. It was procured at substantial savings and efficiencies over traditional procurement methods," said Mark Romoff, President and CEO of CCPPP. "With 219 P3 projects across the country delivering consistent strong results, Canada is solidifying its record as best in class," added Mr. Romoff.
The interiors of the historic buildings were extensively refurbished while retaining most of their exterior façades. Existing heritage features of the two buildings, including the copper roofed dome, original furniture and fittings, decorative plasterwork, stained glass, wainscoting and window trim have been preserved and incorporated into the new design.
"The Elgin County Courthouse is the first and only AFP heritage courthouse in the province. The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships' Gold Award for Infrastructure is important because it recognizes the Province of Ontario's commitment to preserving heritage buildings through adaptive reuse, restoration and expansion. Although this building is anchored in the past, it is also a thoroughly modern facility, with the latest accessibility, technology, security and sustainability features," said Patrick Monahan, Deputy Attorney General, Ministry of the Attorney General.
The complex, designed to LEED Silver standards, includes state-of-the-art technology, security, energy efficiency, healthy indoor environments, enhanced interpretation facilities and barrier-free accessibility in its eight courtrooms and three conference rooms. This project came in a full 10% lower than the estimated cost to deliver it through traditional procurement methods, resulting in a projected savings of $27.1 million.
The award will be presented on November 3rd at The Council's annual conference. The industry's premier P3 event runs November 3rd and 4th and attracts government and industry leaders from across Canada and around the world.
About The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships: Established in 1993, CCPPP is a national not-for-profit, non-partisan, member-based organization with broad representation from across the public and private sectors. Its mission is to promote innovative approaches to infrastructure development and service delivery through public-private partnerships with all levels of government. The Council is a proponent of evidence-based public policy in support of P3s, facilitates the adoption of international best practices, and educates stakeholders and the community on the economic and social benefits of public-private partnerships.
SOURCE: Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships
For further information: For more information about CCPPP contact: Mark Romoff, President and CEO, CCPPP, 416-861-0500, [email protected]; For Media Enquiries contact: Chris Allicock, 416-694-3131 (o), 416-319-8003 (c), [email protected]