NWT Justice Projects

North Slave Correctional Facilities, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories - 2001

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The North Slave Correctional Facilities comprise two new linked buildings: a 186-bed adult male correctional facility and a 24–bed male young offender facility. We developed a facilities program for the adult facility, and established a viable approach to sharing services between the two facilities. Tasks included identifying future bed requirements, establishing the living unit configuration and determining detailed space requirements. We assisted the client in defining a future operational model, including organizing a tour of notable correctional centres in Minnesota that use the proposed direct supervision living unit concept. After producing a functional plan for the facilities, we consulted with management and staff to review and confirm all aspects of the original facilities program. Later during the design stage, we were retained to evaluate program compliance. Completed in 2001.

Corrections Technical Standards, Northwest Territories - 1999

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In anticipation of a major building program, NWT Justice required detailed technical criteria to provide direction to the designer teams. The technical criteria were developed based on a review of existing design and construction guidelines from other Canadian jurisdictions. They were modified where appropriate to reflect the unique environmental and cultural context of the NWT. Our role was to provide a peer review of interim documentation to ensure that it adequately reflected the programmatic objectives. Completed in 1999.

Yellowknife Courthouse, Northwest Territories - 1998

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The Yellowknife Courts have been located in a leased office building for the past 20 years. The Government of the Northwest Territories wished to determine whether it would be more cost-effective to redevelop the existing building or construct a new courthouse. We assessed the existing building, estimated future demand, and produced a preliminary redevelopment concept for the existing building and produced a detailed financial analysis of the two options. It was concluded that a new courthouse would satisfy the courts’ requirements in the most economically responsible manner. Completed in 1998.