KITCHENER - Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of the Attorney General announced today that the request for proposals (RFP) has closed and building teams have submitted their proposals to design, build, finance and maintain the new Waterloo Region Consolidated Courthouse. 

The new facility, to be located at Duke and Frederick Streets in downtown Kitchener, will improve courthouse services by consolidating the Superior Court of Justice and Ontario Court of Justice, currently operating in three locations across Waterloo Region.   

Highlights of the Waterloo Region Consolidated Courthouse include:

  • a commitment by the government to meet the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver standard, which focuses on energy efficiency, healthy indoor environments and reduced greenhouse gas emissions
  • a new multi-storey building with space to accommodate 30 courtrooms

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.  The successful bidder is expected to be announced in early 2010 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. 

“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.”

“This is a sign of the government's commitment to our community,” said Leeanna Pendergast, MPP Kitchener Conestoga. “By investing in infrastructure, the McGuinty government is helping to ensure that first class facilities and services are available to all Ontarians.” 

Infrastructure Ontario is working with the Ministry of the Attorney General to develop the new courthouse. Infrastructure Ontario is a Crown corporation dedicated to managing some of the province's larger and more complex infrastructure renewal projects - ensuring they are built on time and on budget.

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Jennifer Sclisizzi 
Infrastructure Ontario 

Brendan Crawley 
Ministry of the Attorney General Communications Branch 

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