Thunder Bay Consolidated Courthouse Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
This 200,000 ft2, state-of-the-art facility brings two existing courthouses – the Superior Court of Justice and the Ontario Court of Justice – into one building in downtown Thunder Bay and will include space for a number of services, including the Victim/Witness Assistance Program and Legal Aid Ontario.
The facility's design is also sensitive to the cultural aspects of the region and houses the Province's first Aboriginal Settlement Conference Suite, specifically designed to respond to the needs of the region's Aboriginal population.
The Thunder Bay Consolidated Courthouse serves the entire region, including the communities of Armstrong, Geraldton, Longlac, Manitouwadge, Marathon, Nipigon, Schreiber, Fort Hope, Ogoki Post and Lansdowne House. Bringing justice services together under one roof, in a modern accessible facility will help reduce delays in the court system and increase access to justice.
The facility is a six-storey building, with one level of parking below grade and an enclosed mechanical penthouse on the seventh level. It accommodates an estimated 250 personnel in 15 courtrooms and 4 conference/settlement rooms. The courthouse accommodates a maximum of 72 persons in custody in a day-use holding area at one time. This increases the total number of courtrooms available, and provides better public access and security.
The project achieved Substantial Completion in February 2014.