Province Takes Next Step Towards A New Durham Courthouse

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Province Takes Next Step Towards A New Durham Courthouse

Ministry of Infrastructure

Three Qualified Bidders Selected To Submit Design Proposals QUEEN'S PARK, ON, July 7 - The Ontario government is taking the next step towards a new Durham courthouse by asking for proposals for the new facility's design, Ontario Minister of Public Infrastructure Renewal David Caplan announced today. "Our government is committed to renewing Ontario's infrastructure in an accountable, cost-effective manner," said Caplan. "The response to the first stage of the process was excellent, and I want to thank all the companies that participated." Three private-sector consortia are being invited to submit proposals for the new facility's design. A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process, begun on March 31, 2005, sought qualified bidders to finance, design, build and manage a new 350,000-square-foot consolidated courthouse for the Region of Durham. The three qualified bidders will now be invited to submit proposals in the first stage of the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the new facility's design. The qualified bidders were selected with the assistance of external process advisors as having the financial capacity and the expertise and experience to successfully complete the Durham courthouse project on time and on budget. The qualified bidders are: - SNC Lavalin Engineers & Constructors Inc. (SNC-Lavalin), Bondfield Construction Company Limited and ProFac Facilities Management Services Inc. - Durham Courthouse Centre Corporation, consisting of EllisDon Inc, EllisDon Design Build Inc., LPF Realty (owned 100% by Labourers' Pension Fund of Central and Eastern Ontario), CIBC World Markets and Carillion Canada Inc. - Access Justice Durham, a consortium involving ABN Amro Bank N.V., Canada Branch, PCL Constructors Canada Inc. and Johnson Controls LP. The new courthouse serving the Region of Durham will consolidate justice services that are currently being delivered from seven different locations. The new courthouse will have 33 courtrooms and five settlement conference rooms. Related justice services will also be part of the new facility. Enhanced security features to be incorporated into the building include secure entrances for prisoner transport, secure corridors, and audio-video surveillance systems. Construction of the new courthouse is expected to be completed by the winter of 2008-09. "The McGuinty government is committed to building a more supportive, effective and timely justice system, and achieving that goal means ensuring that people in the Region of Durham have access to adequate, modern courthouse facilities," said Attorney General Michael Bryant. The Durham courthouse is one of the first major projects in Ontario to be developed under the government's Building a Better Tomorrow framework, which ensures that public infrastructure projects are delivered in a transparent, accountable and cost-effective manner in which the public interest is the first priority. The Ontario Realty Corporation will manage the delivery of the Durham Consolidated Courthouse and will provide design, construction and procurement expertise through all stages of development. www.pir.gov.on.ca Disponible en fran├žais.For further information: Wilson Lee, Minister's Office, (416) 325-8735; Jim McPeak, Communications Branch, (416) 212-7499