Courthouses Projects

New Toronto Courthouse - 2015

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We determined the occupants and scale of a major criminal courthouse. The building envelope was set at no more than 71,000 m2. We estimated that 65 courtrooms are required. We explored various options for keeping the total building area within the target envelope. We summarized the courtrooms and areas of the existing facilities that would be replaced by the new courthouse. We explored several ways to reduce net areas. We prepared a Facilities Program for Strategic Planning that outlined an initial area estimate for the proposed new facility. We provided a list of ideas for guiding the next steps of this unique project. Completed in 2015.

Hearing Rooms for Consolidated Tribunals, Toronto - 2014

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We defined the need for hearing rooms for a proposed consolidation of twelve adjudicative tribunals in Toronto. Currently, the tribunals have a combined total of 39 hearing rooms. The challenge was to explore the potential for efficiencies and space savings if the tribunals can share some or all of the planned hearing and mediation rooms. We concluded that consolidated location would need 27 hearing rooms — 18 small rooms, 7 medium rooms and two large rooms. Completed in 2014.

Update and Extension, Forecasting Need for Court Facilities, Ontario - 2012

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We refined and updated a method for forecasting the long-range the demand for courtrooms. We also developed a tool for measuring crowding based on the forecasting model. Finally, we developed ratios of demand for courtrooms to functional elements in courthouses. Completed in 2012. Supplementary work included the review of demand for court facilities in Peterborough.

Toronto Centre Criminal Courthouse, Ontario - 2011

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We estimated the long-term need for courtrooms for the third of four new criminal courthouses in Toronto. The new courthouse will replace three existing court facilities in downtown Toronto. We estimated that the new building should have 43 courtrooms. The primary project was completed in 2010. Follow-up work was completed in 2011.

Law Courts Needs Analysis Model, BC - 2011

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We developed a method for forecasting the demand for courts services and facilities. We worked closely with an advisory committee, a larger group of resource persons as well as existing management structures. Our work entailed the identification of factors affecting demand, including major policy options. The model we designed linked population to caseload and court time to yield estimates of requirements for courtrooms and personnel. The model was applied using data from all regions in the province. The model and initial application was completed in 1993. In 1998, we updated the model and studied the impact of specific policy proposals. We completed another update and a high-level review of the factors affecting demand in 2005. The most recent refinement and update was based on data to 2009. Completed in 2011.

Update, Forecasting Need for Court Facilities, Ontario - 2010

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We refined and updated a method for forecasting the long-range the demand for courtrooms that we developed in the recent past. The model is used to establish initial estimates of space shortages to assist in determining capital planning priorities. It is also used to develop initial estimates of scope in the definition of new capital projects. Finally, the model provides a starting point and method to work with local stakeholders to define the scale of individual building projects. The model is based on population projections but allows for the results to be tempered with informed judgment. We established courtroom capacity factors based on the actual use of courtrooms across Ontario. The scope of our work included training our client’s staff. Completed in 2010.