ABBOTSFORD, B.C. — An official groundbreaking ceremony recently kicked off the start of construction for the new Abbotsford provincial courthouse complex.
The courthouse is being built adjacent to Abbotsford City Hall and will provide improved access to a broad range of legal resources by consolidating a variety of justice services into one location, explains a provincial release.
“The new Abbotsford courthouse, and the legal resources it will contain, will add badly needed capacity to the region,” said Attorney General David Eby in a statement.
The $150-million project will provide work opportunities to an estimated 1,000 B.C. workers, and will provide registered apprentices with experience in the province’s skilled trades sector.
Construction of the project is being delivered through a public-private partnership. In this instance a request for qualifications was issued in May 2017 followed by a request for proposals in June.
The contract was awarded earlier this year to Plenary PCL Justice, a team including Plenary Group (Canada) Ltd., acting as project co-lead and equity provider; PCL Investment Canada Inc. as equity provider; PCL Constructors Westcoast Inc. as design-builder; WZMH Architects as prime architect; Smith + Andersen as IMIT consultant; and Johnson Controls Canada LP as service provider.
When the project is potentially completed in early 2021, the 14-room courthouse will include new provincial and Supreme courtrooms. There will also be judicial conference space, along with added capacity for community justice programs.
Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun expressed gratitude for the investment in the community and the region.
“The City of Abbotsford is extremely grateful to the Government of B.C.,” he said. “The building of a new courthouse will create better access to our justice system, provide services and jobs to residents across the region, and help to shape Abbotsford’s evolving city centre.”