Just over one year since construction resumed for the new Ontario Court of Justice building, the Infrastructure Ontario project is crossing a milestone at the corner of Armoury Street and Centre Avenue, immediately northwest of City Hall in Downtown Toronto. The ground level is now taking shape for the 17-storey building designed by world-renowned architects Renzo Piano Building Workshop working with Toronto-based NORR Architects, set to consolidate several existing Ontario court facilities from various locations around the city under one roof.

Looking west across site of Ontario Court of Justice, image by Forum contributor Red Mars

When we last checked in on construction in mid-August, crews from EllisDon were forming the second of two underground parking levels. Now almost entirely formed, and the latest photos of the site show that forms to create the ground level across most of the site are coming together.

Looking west across site of Ontario Court of Justice, image by Forum contributor Red Mars

In the building's northwest corner, the first section of concrete has been poured for the ground floor with the help of two large concrete pumps along the site's Centre Avenue frontage. To the east, rebar cages mark where concrete for the first at-grade supporting columns will soon be poured.

Ground-floor slab pour at Ontario Court of Justice, image by Forum contributor Red Mars

The project is expected to be completed in Spring 2022, with a targeted Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Silver certification. Once complete, the building will house 63 courtrooms of various configurations and sizes, as well as the first Indigenous Learning Centre in an Ontario courthouse.

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 below.

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