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Calgary Courts Centre
Calgary Courts Centre-Oct 2006.JPG
Calgary Courts Centre under construction in October 2006
General information
Type Institutional
Location Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Coordinates 51°02′50.0″N 114°04′25.7″W / 51.047222°N 114.073806°W / 51.047222; -114.073806Coordinates: 51°02′50.0″N 114°04′25.7″W / 51.047222°N 114.073806°W / 51.047222; -114.073806
Construction started 2004
Completed 2007
Cost $ 300,000,000
Owner Government of Alberta
Height
Roof 129 m (423 ft)[1]
Technical details
Floor count 24[1]
Floor area 90,000 m2 (970,000 sq ft)
Design and construction
Architect Kasian Architecture / Carlos Ott[2]
Main contractor Cana[3]

Calgary Courts Centre is the largest court facility in Canada, and is located in Calgary, Alberta.[4] It was constructed by the Government of Alberta and provides over 1 million square feet (90,000 m²) of court and office space.

History[edit]

Construction began in late 2004, and is now complete. Development of the east block began in the Fall of 2007. It included a 700-stall underground parkade, an urban park,[5] and the demolition of the Court of Queen's Bench facility.

The prime consultant for the building was Kasian Architecture and Interior Design Ltd[6] working collaboratively with design architect Carlos Ott[2] and is built by the Cana construction company[3] with the security system being installed by Convergint Technologies. The structural engineering was provided by Stantec. On completion, the north tower's 24 floors will stand 129 m (423 ft) high.[1] The project has a budget of 300 million dollars and will host 73 courtrooms, judicial chambers, and facilities for 180 security personnel and approximately 360 government, library and external agencies staff.

Amenities[edit]

The complex has incorporated many post-9/11 security measures into its design, such as large steel barriers that can be raised to prevent cars from entering the glass atrium. One difference between the CCC and conventional buildings is its ability to withstand structural damage. The structure has been designed to remain standing even after 2/3s of the exterior columns on the first six floors have experienced failure. This is possible because each tower contains more structural steel than both of the 52 story Bankers Hall towers combined, rendering the building virtually airplane-proof. The courtrooms feature bullet-proof judges' benches, jury boxes, and witness stands.

In April 2007, Telus was awarded the $16.3 million contract to provide the buildings with high-tech video recording, video conferencing, remote witness facilitation and remote management. The west block of the complex is scheduled to open in August 2007.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Emporis - Calgary Courts Centre
  2. ^ a b Carlos Ott. Calgary Courts Centre
  3. ^ a b Cana. Calgary Courts Centre
  4. ^ http://www.infrastructure.alberta.ca/504.htm
  5. ^ Alberta Infrastructure & Transportation - Calgary Courts Centre
  6. ^ Kasian Architecture. Envelope completed by NORR Architects engineers and planners (Toronto), Courtroom design by Spillis Candela & Partners (Florida).Calgary Courts Centre