Courthouses Projects

Toronto East Criminal Courthouse, Ontario - 2009

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We developed a facilities program for the second of four new criminal courthouses in Toronto. Completed in 2009.

Parking Study, Toronto West Courthouse, Ontario - 2009

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We provided advice and analytical assistance to the team determining general parking needs for a proposed new criminal courthouse in suburban Toronto. Completed in 2009.

Osgoode Justice Precinct Criminal and Family Courthouse, Toronto, Ontario - 2009

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We developed a facilities program for a large new criminal and family courthouse in downtown Toronto. There are a total of 70 judicial hearing rooms in the proposed new facility. Completed in 2009.

Masterplan for Criminal, Civil and Family Courts, Toronto, Ontario - 2009

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We estimated the demand for criminal, civil and family court facilities in the Toronto region over a 25-year horizon. Our work involved review of previous forecasts, comparison of population projections, examination of current courtroom utilization, and alternative future demand scenarios. We worked with two regional stakeholder committees to determine the most likely estimate of future need for criminal and civil court facilities in the Toronto area. We also reviewed previous analysis of the distribution of long-term demand for criminal courts into four service areas. Completed in 2009.

Needs Assessment, York Region Courthouse, Newmarket, Ontario - 2008

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We determined the number of courtrooms to provide for the proposed major expansion of court facilities in the rapidly growing community of Newmarket, north of Toronto. We used the Courtroom Forecasting Model that we developed. Completed in 2008.

Kainai Peacemaking Centre, Blood Tribe, Standoff, Alberta - 2008

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The Blood Tribe is a community of more than 10,000 located southwest of Lethbridge. In 2006, the Blood Tribe Council passed a resolution to build the Kainai Peacemaking Centre (KPC) to accommodate a restorative justice program and a provincial circuit court. We developed a program of requirements for a building as envisioned by the stakeholders (the ‘moderate’ option) as well as less expensive and more expensive variants. The project involved extensive consultation with the Elders of the Blood Tribe, the Blood Tribe Council Planning Committee and several justice and facility representatives of the governments of Alberta and Canada. Overall we estimated that KPC would require nearly 18,000 square feet of space plus another 3,000 square feet of programmed outdoor space. We estimated that the building would cost just under $12 million to implement. Completed in 2008.