Newfoundland Justice Projects

Supreme Court, Saint John’s, Newfoundland - 1984

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Several options, including adaptive reuse of the existing historic courthouse, were being considered for a new, expanded Supreme Court. We determined the requirements for Supreme Court facilities to a level of precision appropriate to test and evaluate the more promising development options. Our report outlined projected needs, development context, required spatial organization, a schedule of accommodation, area estimates, operational premises, area allocation guidelines, and general design considerations. We estimated that the Supreme Court would require 12 courtrooms and a total floor area of approximately 8500 square metres as well as an additional 1600 square metres of enclosed parking. Completed in 1984.

Law Court Facilities, Saint John’s, Newfoundland - 1981

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Courts in Saint John’s were accommodated in six separate, crowded and inadequate buildings. The purpose of our project was to estimate the long term needs for court facilities and develop options for meeting these requirements. We assessed the projected service area population, court caseloads, personnel numbers, and scale of facilities (focusing on the number of courtrooms). Specific physical development options were identified by matching the long-term requirements for the courts with potential sites, including some existing buildings intended for reuse. With each option, the final report specified projected capital costs, implementation schedules, criteria for choice, in addition to a summary of the advantages and disadvantages associated with each option. The total estimated cost of the option selected was $24.7 million. Completed in 1981.