Nov. 6, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The provincial government will proceed with the construction of a new courthouse in Saint John as a publicly funded project.
"Our government is committed to building a new courthouse in Saint John to improve the delivery of services within our provincial justice system," said Supply and Services Minister Ed Doherty. "Our evaluation process has led us to conclude that the most cost-effective and efficient way of doing so is through a publicly funded project."
In January, the provincial government announced a call for Expressions of Interest from the private developer community. The project would include the construction, operation and maintenance of a 13,536-sq.-metre (150,400-sq.-foot) courthouse for a term of 30 years.
A short-list of companies was invited to submit formal proposals. Evaluation included comparing the private-sector proposals to a public-sector reference case; as well as following specific criteria for quality assurance, financing, construction schedule, operations and maintenance over the life of the potential agreement.
"This experience is evidence that our evaluation process for potential public-private partnerships works as it should," said Doherty. "We have been able to make an informed decision concerning the approach that will yield the best value for taxpayer dollars in the development of this new building."
Tenders will be issued in coming weeks so that construction may begin in early 2010 and be completed in the spring or summer of 2012. The estimated cost is $53 million.
"We have had had numerous positive experiences with public-private partnerships in New Brunswick, including the Moncton courthouse, which is under construction, Leo Hayes High School, the New Brunswick Youth Centre, and new schools in Moncton North and Rexton," said Doherty. "How we proceed with infrastructure projects is determined on a case-by-case basis and focused on what approach will maximize benefits for the users of that infrastructure and the taxpayers of New Brunswick."
MEDIA CONTACT: Chrystiane Mallaley, communications, Department of Supply and Services, 506-457-7903.