Adamson Associates Architects was part of the Plenary Justice team for this DBFM (Design Build Finance Maintain) project. The project consolidates Thunder Bay’s two existing courthouses: the courts of the Superior Court of Justice and the courts of the Ontario Court of Justice. Located in Thunder Bay’s downtown south core, the new courthouse improves access to justice in the area by consolidating the services of the existing courthouses within one modern facility, increasing the number of courtrooms available, improving health and safety standards, and providing better public access and security. The TBCC accommodates 15 courtrooms and 4 conference/settlement rooms in a multi-storey building.
As a part of the government's commitment to creating and promoting energy conservation in Ontario, the new facility is built to Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) Silver standards. Universal accessibility is accentuated through the 15 barrier-free courtrooms including barrier-free public access to courtrooms, barrier-free witness stands and jury boxes, along with infrared hearing assistance and Braille signage. In addition, most courtrooms are provided with simultaneous interpretation including one permanently built into a jury courtroom.