New Quinte Consolidated Courthouse Construction Begins

Update: see previous post – June 30, 2011 St. Thomas Consolidated Courthouse Construction Begins

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CONSTRUCTION OFFICALLY BEGINS ON NEW QUINTE CONSOLIDATED COURTHOUSE

BELLEVILLE – The Honourable Chris Bentley, Attorney General of Ontario and the Honourable Leona Dombrowsky, Minister of Education and MPP for Prince-Edward Hastings, joined community members to celebrate the official groundbreaking of the new Quinte Consolidated Courthouse.

The construction project will stimulate the local and regional economies by supporting and creating jobs. At the peak of construction activity, Brookfield Partnerships Quinte estimates 200 workers will be on the site daily. Construction of the new courthouse is expected to be completed in 2013.

The new facility, to be located at 15 Bridge Street W., will improve access to justice for the County of Hastings by consolidating the Superior Court of Justice and Ontario Court of Justice, which are currently operating in four court locations – three in Belleville and one in Trenton.

The new multi-storey building will increase the number of available courtrooms, provide better security and improve access for people with disabilities.

The Quinte Consolidated Courthouse will be designed and built to meet the Canada Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Silver standards, incorporating environmentally sustainable construction practices and energy efficient design. Green features of the new courthouse include:

increased indoor air quality; large amounts of glass to create natural lighting for a variety of work areas and a number of courtrooms; aggressive energy use reductions; and a high quality indoor environment through building materials selection as well as through ongoing green housekeeping practices.

Infrastructure Ontario is a Crown corporation dedicated to delivering some of the province’s larger and more complex infrastructure renewal projects, on time and on budget; managing one of the largest real estate portfolios in Canada and providing real estate services, such as asset management and property and land management; and providing the public sector and not-for-profit organizations with long-term financing to renew public infrastructure.

QUINTE CONSOLIDATED COURTHOUSE

The new Quinte Consolidated Courthouse, is located at 15 Bridge Street W., and will improve access to courthouse services by consolidating the Superior Court of Justice and Ontario Court of Justice, which are currently operating in four court locations – three in Belleville and one in Trenton. Consolidating local courthouses into a single location will provide a new, modern and accessible courthouse to the community. As well, it will provide a more effective use of resources.

The Quinte Consolidated Courthouse will house the Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Justice. There will be space for the judiciary, court services as well as offices for the Crown attorneys, the Victim Witness Assistance Program and space for the Hastings County Law Association, Adult Probation and Parole, and in-custody accused.

In addition, the new courthouse will have day offices for Children’s Aid Society workers, Legal Aid Officers, John Howard Society, Salvation Army and mental health workers. The Federal Crown may also make use of the day office space.

The new courthouse will improve access to justice for the County of Hastings by increasing the number of available courtrooms, providing better security and improving access for people with disabilities.

The Quinte Consolidated Courthouse will be designed and built to meet the Canada Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Silver standards, incorporating environmentally sustainable construction practices and energy efficient design.

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