The request for proposals stage has closed for teams to submit their bids to design, build, finance, and maintain the new Toronto courthouse located at 11 Centre Avenue, bordered by Chestnut and Armoury Streets.
Following a fair, open, and transparent request for qualifications process, two teams—EllisDon Infrastructure and Plenary Justice—were prequalified and invited to respond to a request for proposals in October 2016. The two teams were chosen based on their design and construction capability, experience, facilities management capacity, and financial ability to deliver a project of this size and complexity.
Over the next several months, Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and the Ministry of the Attorney General (MAG) will evaluate the proposals, and the preferred bidder is expected to be announced in early 2018. A fairness monitor will continue to oversee the entire process.
Construction is expected to begin in spring 2018 and the new courthouse will include:
- Video conferencing to allow witnesses to appear from remote locations and in-custody individuals to appear from detention facilities;
- Closed-circuit television to enable children and other vulnerable witnesses to appear before the court from a private room;
- Courtroom video/audio systems to allow counsel to display video evidence recorded in various formats and for the simultaneous viewing of evidence;
- A single point of entry with magnetometers, baggage scanners, continuous video surveillance, and separate corridors to ensure the security of judges, members of the public and the accused; and
- Barrier-free access, to allow visitors and occupants to travel throughout the building with ease, regardless of ability.
The new courthouse will bring together many of Toronto’s Ontario Court of Justice criminal courts operating across the city. Amalgamating several courts into one state-of-the-art facility will reduce costs, make operations more efficient and effective, provide for equal access to services, and will ensure the province’s real estate portfolio is sustainable, accessible, and efficient.
The courthouse will be designed to meet the LEED Silver standard.