A new Ontario Court of Justice building is under construction in Downtown Toronto. Designed by acclaimed architects Renzo Piano Building Workshop working with Toronto-based NORR Architects, the Infrastructure Ontario project will consolidate several existing Ontario court facilities into a new 17-storey building at the corner of Armoury Street and Centre Avenue, immediately to the northwest of City Hall.

Looking west across the site of the new Ontario Court of Justice, image by Forum contributor centralblue

We last checked in on the early stages of construction back in March, when a tower crane had just been installed to begin forming for the building's foundations and underground components. Three months later, forming of the below-grade levels continues to make rapid progress on the site’s north half, while work lags behind somewhat at the south end.

Looking west across the site of the new Ontario Court of Justice, image by Forum contributor Rascacielo

The site’s southwest corner was the site of an earthenl ramp used by crews and machinery to access the excavated pit. With a crane now in place, the ramp is now longer required, and has been largely removed in recent weeks. Forming of foundations is getting underway where the ramp have been removed.

The project is targeting a tentative Spring 2022 opening. Once construction wraps up, the building will feature 63 courtrooms of various configurations and sizes, as well as the first Indigenous Learning Centre in an Ontario courthouse. Energy efficiency measures are being implemented as part of the building's targeted Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Silver certification.

Ontario Court of Justice, image via submission to City of Toronto

Additional information and images can be found in our database file for the project, linked below. Want to get involved in the discussion? Check out the associated Forum thread, or leave a comment in the field provided at the bottom of this page.

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