Ontario Ministry of Attorney General Projects

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.

Update and Extension, Forecasting Need for Court Facilities, Ontario - 2012

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We refined and updated a method for forecasting the long-range the demand for courtrooms. We also developed a tool for measuring crowding based on the forecasting model. Finally, we developed ratios of demand for courtrooms to functional elements in courthouses. Completed in 2012. Supplementary work included the review of demand for court facilities in Peterborough.

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.

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.

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.

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.