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Ontario Court of Justice – Toronto (OCJT)

General Info

About the Project

Project Description

Mulvey & Banani, collaborating with NORR and Renzo Piano Building Workshop under EllisDon Infrastructure, engineered the Ontario Court of Justice in Toronto for Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of the Attorney General. Specializing in Electrical, ICT, Security Engineering and Lighting Design, they innovated a centralized, modern judicial complex. This 17-storey, LEED® Gold-certified courthouse enhances judicial efficiency and enriches Toronto's urban landscape, demonstrating a commitment to social, economic, and environmental enhancement.

Scope

Electrical Engineering

ICT Engineering

Security Engineering

Lighting Design

Building Intelligence

Final Budget

Confidential

Primary Sector

Civic, Education, Recreation, Cultural & Community

Secondary Sector

Justice

New Toronto Courthouse, Exterior View
NEW TORONTO COURTHOUSE
The new courthouse will bring together several of Toronto’s Ontario Court of Justice criminal courts operating across the city. 
Nick Manesis Vice President
A “barrier-free environment,” with a single point of entry, magnetometers, baggage scanners, video surveillance, and separate corridors will provide enhanced security to all who work in or visit this building.
New Toronto Courthouse, Interior Courtroom
New Toronto Courthouse, Exterior View
NEW TORONTO COURTHOUSE

The new 22-25 storey, 650,000 SF facility will offer state-of-the-art video conferencing capabilities in order to enable off-site witness and defendant testimony, a CCTV system, and AV systems for courtrooms.  

NEW TORONTO COURTHOUSE
Mulvey & Banani provided a high bandwidth, multiuser and multiple network ICT infrastructure and systems for network, telephone, master clock, security CCTV surveillance and access control.
New Toronto Courthouse
New Toronto Courthouse, Aerial Views
Client

Univex (Ontario) Ltd.

Architect

Norr

Project Team

Staff Members

Nick Manesis

ICT

Mulvey & Banani provided a high bandwidth, multiuser and multiple network ICT infrastructure and systems for network, telephone, master clock, security CCTV surveillance and access control. A flexible ICT pathway system was engineered for physical transport of voice, data and Audio/Visual cabling throughout the courthouse.

Security

A central Security Control Room provides full security monitoring and control of access systems. Extensive technology was integrated almost invisibly into all courtrooms. Video remand is provided to remote courtrooms inside and outside the facility, to allow remote testimony from distant facilities, or from vulnerable persons within secure zones of the same building. It also permits overflow viewing in adjoining spaces where it is in the public interest. MBII provided complete electronic security system design including all aspects of the networked centrally controlled security system (ISS) comprised of interior and exterior intercom, door control, video/audio surveillance and duress alarm systems. The NTCC is being partitioned into three separate security zones (prisoner, public and private) with security criteria defined for each area. The NTCH is being designed with extensive modern security controls from access control to blast-resistant exterior envelopes. Vehicular access to both buildings is via security crash gates. Police Sally Ports are at lower floor level for prisoner processing and transfer. Detention facilities are extensive (up to 37 cell) including cells ranging from eight- to single-person occupancies, female and youth cells, mental health and barrier free holding facilities. The design meets new MAG standards including cell doors with grade 1 security rating, security glazing and electromechanically controlled hardware, and CCTV/audio throughout cells and prisoner circulation.
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