May 6, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Four companies have been shortlisted to build the new Saint John courthouse. The firms were selected after government received responses to its request for expressions of interest from the private sector.
The companies are:
"Our government is committed to providing leadership for a stronger economy," said Supply and Services Minister Ed Doherty. "Engaging a private-sector partner to get the Saint John courthouse project underway will not only meet the facility needs of the provincial court system and deliver the best value for taxpayer dollars, it will provide a significant number of employment opportunities during the construction period, which will begin later this summer."
The courthouse will be built as a public-private partnership. The shortlisted companies will be invited to respond to a request for proposals, which will be issued in coming weeks. Through that process, a developer will be selected to finance, construct, operate and maintain the facility.
The courthouse will be about 13,536 sq. metres (150,300 sq. ft.) in size. It will be modern and energy efficient, with 13 courtrooms, a barristers' lounge, and office space for the judiciary, court services, public prosecutions, sheriff services, Public Safety and policing.
As part of the government's Green Buildings Program, the courthouse will be designed and constructed to achieve a silver rating under the principles of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), a rating system used by industry to measure green building performance in Canada.
Construction is expected to be complete in 2011.
MEDIA CONTACT: Chrystiane Mallaley, communications, Department of Supply and Services, 506-457-7903.