TORONTO - Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of the Attorney General announced today that three companies have been short-listed to design, build, finance and maintain a new consolidated courthouse that will be located in downtown Thunder Bay.

The new courthouse will improve access to justice in Thunder Bay by consolidating the services of existing courthouses within one modern facility. It will increase the number of courtrooms available and will provide better public access and security, and improve health and safety standards.    

Based on a request for qualifications (RFQ) process that began in May 2009, three companies were pre-qualified for the project. All three pre-qualified companies will be invited to respond to a request for proposals (RFP), expected to be issued this fall. The three pre-qualified companies are:

  • Forum Social Infrastructure - Forum Equity Partners, Stantec Architecture Ltd. / Rosser International Inc., Dominion Construction Co Inc., G4S Security Services, Brookfield Financial Corp. (Financial Advisor) 
  • Integrated Team Solutions - Ellis Don Corporation, Fengate Capital Management Ltd., NORR Ltd / AECOM Design, Honeywell Ltd, Scotia Capital (Financial Advisor) 
  • Plenary Justice - Plenary Group, Adamson Associated Architects / Ricci Green Associates, Bird Construction Company, Johnsons Controls LP  

The pre-qualified companies were selected based on their development, design, construction, financial, and facilities management capacity to undertake a project of this size and complexity. 

“We are committed to creating a more modern and effective justice system,” said Attorney General Chris Bentley. “I am pleased we are moving forward to ensure the people of Thunder Bay have secure, accessible justice services that best utilize public funds.”

“I'm very excited that we are close to moving into the next phase for consolidation of Court Services in Thunder Bay,” said MPP for Thunder Bay-Atikokan Bill Mauro.  “This will be a large construction project and a significant part of a revitalized downtown core.”

“This is an exciting step in a project that will help revitalize our downtown core, making it a focal point for investment and a more diverse place to work and visit,” said Michael Gravelle, MPP for Thunder Bay - Superior North. 

Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of the Attorney General are working to develop the new courthouse, which will remain publicly owned, publicly controlled and publicly accountable. 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

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