Yukon Justice Projects

Yukon Correctional Centre, Whitehorse - 2007

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Definition of options for a custody facility in the context of a paradigm shift towards a ‘healing centre’ concept. Completed in 2007.

Whitehorse Correctional Centre, Yukon - 2003

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WCC is the sole secure adult correctional centre in Yukon. It accommodates sentenced and remanded male and female inmates, with security classifications ranging from minimum to maximum. Many of the inmates have serious cognitive impairments or mental health problems. The client decided to replace the existing overcrowded and obsolete facilities with a new larger facility. Working with a Building Advisory Committee consisting of represents from the Departments of Justice and Government Services, as well as the Council of Yukon First Nations, we produced a facilities program defining the operational and space requirements for the new Centre. In consultation with the design team, we also developed detailed requirements for each space in the facility. Finally, we reviewed design documents to ensure compliance with the facilities program. This project is on hold. Completed in 2003.

Post-Occupancy Evaluation, Whitehorse Young Offenders Centre, Yukon - 1991

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WYOC was opened in 1989 to accommodate up to 15 youths in a secure custody setting. We conducted a post-occupancy evaluation of the Centre. Our work included a review of the planning process used in the development of the Centre. We provided design guidelines applicable to future correctional projects in Yukon as well as a proposed decision-making framework to be implemented for those projects. We worked with a multi-departmental Steering Committee. Completed in 1991.

Law Courts Administration, Whitehorse, Yukon - 1988

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The new Law Centre consists of law courts and office components linked by an atrium. We analyzed the shortcomings of the court administration area, and proposed possible operational and design solutions. Our initial report outlined the perceived problems; assessed existing floor area utilization; defined area and proximity requirements; presented a proposed design concept; and compared earlier plans with the existing situation and the proposed solution. Subsequently, we developed alternative plans based on reduced funding. Design options were developed, and computer-aided final floor plans were produced. Completed in 1988.

Court Facilities, Needs Assessment Study, Yukon - 1988

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Court circuits from Whitehorse to eleven Yukon communities where court is held in government buildings or community halls. The purpose of this study was to provide a framework for a long-term plan to improve the quality of facilities used by circuit court. Specifically, we analyzed past circuit court caseloads and facilities utilization; forecast future demand for court services and facilities; developed court facilities standards, incorporating applicable guidelines from other jurisdictions; and evaluated existing circuit court facilities. The project involved travel throughout Yukon and incorporated computer–aided design to produce floor plans of existing facilities. Complete historical court utilization statistics were drawn from original records and computerized. The resultant database was thoroughly analyzed and presented, making extensive use of charts. Completed in 1988.

Yukon Justice Centre, Whitehorse, Yukon - 1984

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A new Justice Centre was proposed which combined law courts with offices related to the administration of justice. Projections indicated a need for a four-courtroom facility. Our work documented the needs, specified facilities requirements, and tested the feasibility of locating the proposed building on the site. A possible design solution and a preliminary cost estimate were generated. Subsequently, we updated the needs analysis; reassessed facilities requirements with attention to more economic solutions; and examined the site development guidelines. Finally, after approved was received to construct the new centre, we revised demand projections and outlined the requirements as a basis for conceptual designs by three selected architectural firms. Our services included conducting the architects’ briefing session. The proposed Centre was estimated at approximately 5700 square metres and a cost of $9.4 million. Completed in 1984.