Waterloo Region Consolidated Courthouse – City of Kitchener Urban Design Award for Civic Projects

This major P3 project consolidates three courthouse service branches located across Waterloo Region, includes 38 judicial hearing and courtrooms and short-term holding cells, and is targeting LEED Silver certification.

Waterloo Region Consolidated Courthouse Wins Urban Design Award

The new Waterloo Region Consolidated Courthouse has won the 2013 City of Kitchener Urban Design Award for Civic Projects. MMM worked with the project team to provide sustainability (LEED and energy) consulting, commissioning, and building performance monitoring for this seven-storey, 40,000-square-metre facility. This major P3 project consolidates three courthouse service branches located across Waterloo Region, and includes 38 judicial hearing and courtrooms and short-term holding cells, and is targeting LEED Silver certification. The highlight of the facility is the three-storey glazed atrium which links the exterior public plaza with the interior foyer, providing natural daylight infiltration into first- and second-storey spaces.

Green building features include

  • Low-flow plumbing fixtures
  • Demand-controlled ventilation
  • High-performance windows
  • Increased insulation levels in walls and roofs
  • Efficient lighting design
  • An energy cost reduction of 49% compared to building of similar type
  • Over 29% of materials used on the project contain recycled content, and over 40% of materials were sourced regionally

The City of Kitchener’s Urban Design Awards recognize industry leaders who exemplify a commitment to design excellence and create a built environment that enhances our quality of life. There were seven winners in five categories. More information on the awards can be found on the City of Kitchener website.