Infrastructure Ontario has closed request for proposals (RFP) and building teams have submitted their proposals to design, build, finance and maintain the new Waterloo Region Consolidated Courthouse and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health’s (CAMH) Phase 1B capital redevelopment project.
Waterloo Region Consolidated Courthouse
Infrastructure Ontario is working with the Ministry of the Attorney General to develop a new courthouse, to be located at Duke and Frederick Streets in downtown Kitchener, Ont., to improve courthouse services by consolidating the Superior Court of Justice and Ontario Court of Justice, currently operating in three locations across Waterloo Region.
Over the next few months, Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of the Attorney General will evaluate the bidders’ proposals based on criteria set out in the RFP, particularly a new multi-storey building intended to accommodate 30 courtrooms and meet LEED Silver standard.
“This initiative will provide Waterloo Region with greater access to justice though a new courthouse designed with Ontarians in mind – with secure, accessible justice services consolidated into one location to best utilize public funds,” said Attorney General Chris Bentley.
“The new courthouse will be designed to meet the capacity needs and caseload requirements for our community over the next 25 years,” said John Milloy, MPP Kitchener Centre and Minister for Research and Innovation. “Once under construction, the project will help create jobs and spur economic development throughout the Region.”
CAMH Phase 1B
The Phase 1B of CAMH’s 27-acre redevelopment project, which is expected to begin in early 2010, will continue the makeover of 1001 Queen Street West in Toronto from an institutional campus to a community setting for client care. It will fully integrate CAMH’s addiction program at one site and support increased staff collaboration.
Phase 1B includes demolition of an existing building and construction of three new buildings, including the new Intergenerational Wellness Centre that will include 12 new beds for youth dealing with mental health and addictions issues, and the Geriatric Mental Health Program, which combines 48 in-patient beds with a suite of outpatient programming and supports.
This phase also includes the CAMH Gateway Building, which will house outpatient services for CAMH’s Addiction and Mood & Anxiety Programs, the primary care clinic and other central services. The third building in this phase is the Utilities and Parking Building, which combines a new central plant and CAMH’s parking requirements with a gymnasium on the top floor.
The successful bidders for both projects will be announced when the evaluation process is complete. Project costs will be announced publicly following financial close of the project. Construction is expected to begin shortly thereafter.