March 30, 2010
SAINT JOHN (CNB) - Phase 1 of construction of the $50-million Saint John Law Courts has begun following the awarding of a tender for structural foundations and steelwork, Premier Shawn Graham announced today.
"Our government is proud to invest in this project, which will generate new jobs and create opportunities for our young people who have moved away to come home," Graham said. "In these ways, this project will do more than establish new infrastructure for our justice system. It will also spur economic activity that New Brunswick needs to be self-sufficient by 2026."
The contract has been awarded to Bird Construction of Saint John for $6,389,999.
The Saint John Law Courts, located on Hazen Avenue, will cover 13,536 sq. m (150,300 sq. ft.). It will be energy-efficient and spacious with 13 courtrooms, a barristers' lounge, and office space for the judiciary, court services, public prosecutions, sheriff services, the Department of Public Safety and policing.
Kelly Lamrock, attorney general and acting minister of justice and consumer affairs, said he is pleased construction of the new courthouse is underway.
"This will be an important addition to the judicial system, and we are looking forward to its completion," said Lamrock. "It is going to be a facility that will be a source of pride not only for those who work in the justice system, but for the greater Saint John region."
As part of the government's Green Buildings Program, the facility has been designed to achieve a silver rating under the Principles of Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED), a rating system used to measure green building performance in Canada.
"We are excited to see construction projects such as this one become a reality for New Brunswickers," said Supply and Services Minister Ed Doherty. "As we move forward, we are also ensuring that these projects are designed to consider an environmentally-friendly approach."
The Saint John Law courts are scheduled to be completed in 2012.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Craig Chouinard, Communications New Brunswick, 506-444-2519; Chrystiane Mallaley, Office of the Premier, 506-453-2144; Marc Belliveau, communications, Department of Justice and Consumer Affairs, 506-453-4138.