Thunder Bay Consolidated Courthouse

Thunder Bay
Project Type:
DBFM - Design Build Finance Maintain
Infrastructure Type:
Contract Price:
$247.7 million
Estimated Value for Money:
$23.5 million

About the Project:

  • The Thunder Bay Consolidated Courthouse improves justice services in Thunder Bay by consolidating in one facility the Superior Court of Justice and Ontario Court of Justice, which previously operated in separate locations in Thunder Bay.
  • An e-book documenting the history, design and construction of The Thunder Bay Courthouse can be found here.


  • Request for Qualifications:
    May 01, 2009
  • Short-list Bidders Selected:
    Sep 10, 2009
  • Request for Proposals:
    Sep 18, 2009
  • Winning Bidder Selected:
    Nov 19, 2010
  • Construction Begins:
    Nov 19, 2010
  • Construction Ends:
    Feb 06, 2014

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Winning Bidder

Plenary Justice Thunder Bay LP; Developer: Plenary Group; Design: Adamson Associates, Ricci Green Associates; Construction: Bird Design Build; Facilities Management: Johnson Controls; Financial Advisor: TD Securities. 


  • A new multi-storey building with space to accommodate 15 courtrooms, including a Multiple Accused High Security courtroom, and four conference/settlement suites, including the province's first Aboriginal Conference Settlement Suite.
  • Barrier-free design including public access to courtrooms, infrared hearing assistance and barrier-free witness stand and jury box.
  • Enhanced accommodation for interpretation including one jury room permanently equipped for simultaneous interpretation and two portable interpretation booths.
  • A glazed atrium that brings natural light deep into the building.
  • Capacity for expansion and internal flexibility to ensure maximum usefulness throughout its lifetime.

Community and Green Benefits

  • Bringing justice services together under one roof in a modern, accessible facility helps reduce delays in the court system and increases access to justice.
  • The courthouse was designed to meet the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver standard with a focus on energy efficiency, healthy indoor environments and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

Economic Benefits

  • At the peak of construction, it is estimated that 225 workers were site daily.

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