Infrastructure Ontario (IO) and the Ministry of the Solicitor General have awarded a fixed-price contract of C$1.2bn to EllisDon Infrastructure Justice to design, build, finance and maintain the Thunder Bay Correctional Complex in northern Ontario, Canada.
The new 345-bed, multi-purpose correctional facility will improve access to programming, living conditions, and education while updating automation and technology.
The contract, adjusted for inflation, reflects payments during construction, a substantial completion payment and monthly service payments during the 30-year operations and maintenance period.
The EllisDon Infrastructure Justice team includes:
- EllisDon Capital Inc. as developer and financial advisor;
- EllisDon Corporation as design-builder;
- Zeidler Architecture Inc. and DLR Group Inc. as design team;
- EllisDon Facilities Services Inc. as facilities manager.
Onsite mobilisation and pre-construction work will begin in summer 2022 with construction to begin in the fall. Construction is expected to be complete in fall 2026.
The new facility will replace the city’s existing jail and correctional centre to support the ministry’s strategy of replacing ageing facilities to address health, safety, and security issues, including design, technology and space efficiencies.
The correctional complex will be designed to meet the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification, focusing on energy efficiency, healthy indoor environments, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
“A new correctional facility for Thunder Bay is a very important investment to enhance the facility’s living conditions, security, technology, and space,” said Joey Comeau, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President, Capital at EllisDon.