Courthouses Projects

Update, Courtroom Forecasting Model, Ontario - 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.

Program Ratios for Courthouses in Ontario - 2016

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With the twin goals of improving consistency between capital projects as well as reducing total area requirements, we began work to define appropriate and consistent ratios of staff and space to the number of courtrooms in courthouses. We discontinued the project when new organization units within the ministry were formed to address similar topics. Completed in 2016.

Needs Assessment, Family Court, Toronto - 2015

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We estimated the need for judicial hearing rooms (courtrooms and judicial conference rooms) for a combination of Superior Court and Ontario Court Family Courts in Toronto. The proposed new facility would consolidated three existing locations in Toronto. Our forecast focused on 10 and 25 year planning horizons. A key aspect of the analysis was to determine a realistic courtroom utilization rate for the proposed new facility. We concluded that 18 judicial hearing rooms would be required in ten years. Completed in 2015.

Planning and Design Guidelines for Courthouses in British Columbia - 2015

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We were part of a team that was retained to update and expand existing guidelines for the planning and design of court facilities. The project involved extensive consultation with stakeholders in the courts system as well as government technical advisors. The resulting major document addressed general planning concepts, component requirements, illustrative room layouts, accommodation model, technical design guidelines, prototype courthouse designs and reference material. Completed in 2015.