The new Consolidated Courthouse is expected to opened April 2014
The new courthouse will be located in Thunder Bay’s downtown south core and will improve access to justice in the city and the wider region by consolidating the services of the two existing courthouses, the courts of the Superior Court of Justice, located on Camelot Street, and the courts of the Ontario Court of Justice, on East Arthur Street, within one modern facility. The new facility will increase the total number of courtrooms available and provide better public access and security.
Plenary Justice Thunder Bay LP has signed a 30 year contract with the Province to design, build, finance and maintain the new Thunder Bay Consolidated Courthouse on behalf of the Ministry of the Attorney General. Plenary Justice’s construction partner, Bird Design-Build Construction Inc., mobilized on site and started initial construction activity in December 2010.
The new seven storey building (including mechanical penthouse) with space to accommodate 15 courtrooms including a Multiple Accused High Security courtroom and four conference/settlement
Barrier‐free design including public access to courtrooms, infrared hearing assistance and barrier‐free witness stand and jury box.
Enhanced accommodation for interpretation including one jury room permanently equipped for simultaneous interpretation and two portable interpretation booths.
A glazed atrium that will bring natural light deep into the building.
A commitment to meet the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver standard, including focus on energy efficiency, a high quality indoor environment through building material selections and green housekeeping practices.