Request for Proposals for new Toronto Courthouse released

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A Request for Proposals (RFP) has been issued by Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and the Ministry of the Attorney General (MAG) to two prequalified teams to design, build, finance and maintain the new Toronto courthouse.

                The two teams were selected based on “their design and construction capability, experience, facilities management capacity and the financial capacity to deliver a project of this size and complexity.”

                The EllisDon Infrastructure team includes EllisDon Capital Inc. as developer; EllisDon Design Build Inc. as constructor; Renzo Piano Building Workshop and NORR Ltd. as design team; EllisDon Facilities Services Inc. and SNC Lavalin O & M as facilities management; and EllisDon Capital Inc. as financial advisor.

                Plenary Justice team includes Plenary Group (Canada) Ltd. as developer; PCL Constructors Canada Inc. as constructor; WZMH Architects, Perkins Eastment and CGL RicciGreene as design team; Johnson Controls Inc. as facilities management; and TD Securities Inc. as financial advisor.

                IO and MAG will review proposals and select a preferred bidder, negotiate a contract and anticipate announcing the successful bidder in fall 2017.

                The new courthouse is intended to amalgamate many of Toronto’s Ontario Court of Justice criminal courts operations, reducing facilities and operations costs and providing increased efficiency. It will target LEED Silver.

                Earlier this year, IO led an “archaeological excavation of the new Toronto courthouse site that recovered many artifacts, mainly from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.” 

                The news release announcing the selection of the teams quotes minister of infrastructure, Bob Chiarelli, as saying: “Toronto’s new courthouse will improve the experience for all who use the facilities, including those who work there day in and day out, and it will do so while increasing efficiency by bringing multiple services under one roof. Our government is committed to building modern infrastructure that helps Ontario residents in all facets of their lives, and this project is another great example of that.” 

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