On 26 Feb. 2014, Plenary Group has announced that it has achieved Substantial Completion of the Thunder Bay Consolidated Courthouse in Ontario, Canada.
The project has been developed on a design, build, finance and maintain basis for a period of 30 years. On 20 September 2010, Plenary Group team, which includes Plenary Group, Bird Design Build Ltd., Johnson Controls LP, Adamson Associates Architects, Ricci Green Associates and TD Securities, was selected as a preferred bider for the project.
The project cost is estimated at CAD$248 million (US$223 million). Financing for the project was provided by TD Bank, Ontario Pension Board, Bimcor, Manulife and Canada Life. Equity was provided by Plenary Group. The contract signed and the financial closed was achieved on November 19, 2010.
The project consolidates Thunder Bay's two existing courthouses: the courts of the Superior Court of Justice, which are located on Camelot Street, and the courts of the Ontario Court of Justice, which are on East Arthur Street. The new courthouse, located in Thunder Bay's downtown south core, will improve access to justice in the city by consolidating the services of the existing courthouses within one modern facility, increasing the number of courtrooms available, providing better public access and security, and improving health and safety standards.
The facility is a six-storey building, with one level of parking below grade and an enclosed mechanical penthouse on the seventh level. It will accommodate an estimated 250 personnel in 15 courtrooms and 4 conference/settlement rooms. The courthouse will accommodate a maximum of 72 persons in custody at a time in a day-use holding area, increase the total number of courtrooms available, and provide better public access and security.