Chronological Projects

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.

Expert Opinion, Capital Planning for BC School Districts - 2015

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We provided a written expert opinion report and testified in court (having been qualified as an expert in facilities planning in the K-12 school system in BC) on five topics related to litigation brought by CSF (Conseil Scolaire Fancophone) regarding the provision of facilities for francophone public education. The five topics were: the planning process for school districts; planning challenges for school districts; comments on CSF Project Identification Reports; approach to determining need for CSF schools; and the relative merits of various grade configurations. Completed 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.

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.

Capacity for Handsworth Secondary School, North Vancouver - 2014

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We established the appropriate capacity for an urban secondary school based on anticipated future enrolment and the status of adjacent secondary schools. Our work became part of a Project Definition Report for the proposed replacement or redevelopment of the school. We concluded that the school be built with an initial capacity for 1,300 students. In addition, we recommended that the design of the school show how the facility could be easily expanded by up to 200 additional spaces, and that the strategy for allowing future expansion could include building the core functions for a 1,500-space school. Completed in 2014.