Durham Region Courthouse

Project Type:
DBFM - Design Build Finance Maintain
Infrastructure Type:
Contract Price:
$334 million
Estimated Value for Money:
$49 million

About the Project:

  • The Durham Region Courthouse provides Superior and Ontario Courts justice services under one roof, consolidating what previously operated from eight different locations. 
  • With 33 courtrooms under one roof, the new courthouse has increased the capacity to deliver timely and efficient justice services in the Durham Region.


  • Request for Qualifications:
    Mar 31, 2005
  • Short-list Bidders Selected:
    Feb 15, 2006
  • Request for Proposals:
    Feb 15, 2006
  • Winning Bidder Selected:
    Mar 02, 2007
  • Construction Begins:
    May 01, 2007
  • Construction Ends:
    Nov 24, 2009

Winning Bidder

Access Justice Durham consortium: Babcock & Brown Infrastructure Group, PCL Constructors Canada Inc, Johnson Controls LP and WZMH Architects


  • Six courtrooms outfitted for video remand and additional courtrooms with video conferencing capabilities.
  • The flexibility to accommodate trials requiring additional security and trials with multiple accused.
  • Two remote video testimony rooms to accommodate vulnerable and child witnesses.
  • Enhanced accommodation for interpretation including one jury room permanently equipped for simultaneous interpretation and three portable interpretation booths.
  • Barrier-free design, including no courthouse steps, five fully barrier free courtrooms, infrared hearing assistance and barrier free witness stand, jury box and spectator positions in all courtrooms.

Community and Green Benefits

  • The project has rejuvenated a brownfield site. 
  • The new courthouse is one of the most energy-efficient provincial government buildings.
  • The building's maintenance company has committed to consume 42 per cent less energy than a similar building designed in compliance with the Model National Energy Code for Buildings.
  • Environmentally friendly design and construction that achieved LEED Gold certification and complied with BOMA BEST. These standards emphasize energy management, conservation and reducing indoor air pollutants. 
  • The installation of ultra-low flow plumbing fixtures and a storm water collection technology will reduce water used for irrigation by 50 per cent and will reduce water consumption in the entire facility by 20 per cent.



*LEED - Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design - Canada Green Building Council's green building rating system.

*BOMA BEST- Building Owners and Managers Association's environmental recognition and certification program.

Economic Benefits

  • At the peak of construction, there were more than 400 construction workers on site daily. 
  • Approximately 1,500 people, both staff and visitors, conduct business daily in the new facility, bringing increased demand for restaurant meals, office space and other services in downtown Oshawa, which contributes to the revitalization of the downtown Oshawa area.

Terms of Use

These project documents are available for informational purposes only. Neither Infrastructure Ontario nor the Ministry of the Attorney General makes any representation or warranty regarding the accuracy or completeness of the content or form of these documents.

Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of the Attorney General, in their sole and absolute discretion, may choose to make available amendments, revisions, modifications or replacements to these documents. These documents remain open for further revision, modification, replacement or cancellation by Infrastructure Ontario and the Ministry of the Attorney General at any time and in no event shall either Infrastructure Ontario or the Ministry of the Attorney General be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with the use of or reliance on the content of these documents.