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Courthouses -- Cornerstones of Vibrant Cities

The session will focus on how courthouses in three distinct cities, Savannah GA, Washington DC and Boston MA are meeting judicial needs while influencing and responding to their current urban context and history. The presenters will consider the challenges faced by established and new justice...


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Presentation on the Toronto South Detention Center

The Toronto South Detention Centre (TSDC) is a large correctional facility in the south-west part of Toronto. The project was delivered under Infrastructure Ontario’s Design Build Finance Maintain (DBFM) program. Substantially complete in September 2012, it will house 1650 inmates. In addition...


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Urban Jail Savings through Consolidation

Wayne County, Michigan initiated a new consolidated jail to replace three older facilities as an anchor for a rejuvenated criminal justice center in downtown Detroit. Sufficient savings annually through technology, staffing efficiency, and lower energy, maintenance and medical costs will more...


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A Healing Facility: An Inuit Response to Incarceration

The recently completed Rankin Inlet Healing Facility is a purpose built medium security prison that has been designed around the traditional Inuit notion that only those that are ill can commit a crime. The session will explore the basis of this understanding, how it has informed a unique design...


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Thunder Bay Courthouse, Aboriginal Conference Settlement Suite, Case Study

The Thunder Bay Courthouse is a unique and interesting courthouse project which is under construction for the Ministry of Attorney General in the Province of Ontario, Canada. This culturally significant courthouse is proceeding through the Infrastructure Ontario Design Build Finance and Maintain...

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Designing for a Mega-Courthouse in the Middle East

Planning and designing the new Palace of Justice in Kuwait. At three million square feet, the project is arguably the largest courthouse facility in the world with over 150 courtrooms and an unusually complicated program. It is being planned and designed by Perkins Eastman Architects in concert...

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Quinte Courthouse: Contributing to Belleville’s Downtown Revitalization

In 2005 the City of Bellville commissioned a Master Plan that outlined the reintegration of the former industrial lands on the west side of the Moira River into the downtown urban fabric. The Quinte Courthouse will be the first major development in this new and revitalized “courthouse district”....


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Challenges of Retaining Heritage Buildings in a Courts Consolidation Program

The value of retaining heritage buildings within a province wide modernization and consolidation of the court system will be examined through a case study of six courthouses; Brockville Courthouse, Welland County Courthouse, Chatham-Kent Courthouse, John Sopinka Courthouse, Renfrew County...


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Making Big Things Happen: A Model for Court Planning in Travis County

Travis County, Texas, completed one of the most ambitious court planning initiatives in the nation. A Judge and the County’s Strategic Planning Manager, along with the consultant team, will describe this comprehensive and unique project to renovate and build almost 2 million SF. The process has...