Courthouses Projects

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.

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.