New Provincial Courthouse to Cost Taxpayers Lots of $$$

March 4, 2010 at 12:27 pm Leave a comment

he new provincial mega-courthouse slated for the Duke and Frederick Street block in Kitchener will cost taxpayers an estimated $379 million over the next three decades.

The consolidated courthouse will bring the region’s three provincial courts — two in downtown Kitchener and another in Cambridge — under one roof.

The multistory building will contain 30 courtrooms, 38 judicial rooms and eight conference settlement rooms. It will meet environmental benchmarks set out by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system and include a three-story atrium to bring in natural light. It will also have a high-tech accessibility component, with infrared hearing assistance as well as barrier-free witnesses boxes and spectator seating areas.

The province estimates that at the peak of construction 250 workers will be employed at the site and the project will indirectly support thousands of other jobs. The building and the court workers who use it will also help boost Kitchener’s downtown intensification efforts.



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