Courthouses Projects

Advisory Services, Courts Planning, Ontario - 2018

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We provided advice to the Facilities Management Branch on matters related to the planning of courthouses in Ontario. Completed in 2018.

Preliminary Courts Accommodation Model, Ontario - 2018

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We developed a Preliminary Courts Accommodation Model to be further refined by our client. The Courts Accommodation Model (CAM) is a master space program for courthouses that links personnel estimates and corresponding space requirements to court time forecasts at a selected planning horizon. The formulae incorporated in CAM are evidence-based and policy-driven. CAM is scaleable and responds to the specific case mix in individual communities. Completed in 2018.

Knowledge Transfer, Courts Planning, Ontario - 2017

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The purpose of this project was to transfer the knowledge we had gained about planning courthouses in Ontario, including the use of the Courtroom Forecasting Model. We conducted knowledge transfer conferences for the Facilities Management Branch as well as the divisional partners. We also briefed senior management. We trained staff on the use of the Courtroom Forecasting Model. We provided advice on the development of Regional Asset Management Plans. Completed in 2017.

Ontario Courtroom Forecasting Model, 2015 Update - 2016

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We refined and updated a method for forecasting the long-range demand for judicial hearing rooms (courtrooms and judicial conference rooms). Part of our work focused on determining how well the model predicted courtroom utilization over the past few years. We also refined the courtroom utilization rate in the context of our client’s objective to improve the effective use of courtrooms. Completed in 2016.

Needs Assessment, Halton and Peel Regions, Ontario - 2016

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We estimated the future need for judicial hearing rooms (courtrooms and judicial conference rooms) for Halton and Peel regions, both rapidly growing areas west of Toronto. One aspect of this assignment was to explore an option to have a proposed new courthouse in Halton serve some of the needs of neighbouring Peel. Our needs assessment for Peel was primarily to provide guidance for the design team addressing an addition to the Brampton Courthouse. Our analysis for Halton was for a proposed consolidated courthouse to replace the two existing deficient facilities. A key challenges in assessing future need for judicial hearing rooms in Peel was to estimate the level of ‘unmet demand’ in a courthouse that has been overutilized for several years. Another challenge for both locations was to estimate the supplementary need for judicial conference rooms for activities that were not consistently recorded. We concluded that by 2041 Peel would need 65 judicial hearing rooms, and Halton would need 26 judicial hearing rooms. Completed Peel in 2015 and Halton in 2016.

Advisory Services, Courthouse Planning, Ontario - 2016

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Advice on a variety of topics related to the planning of court facilities in Ontario. Completed in 2016.