The Red Deer Justice Centre will replace Red Deer’s existing inadequate court facilities. In order to free up space at the current facility, Red Deer’s Traffic Court has been operating off-site, at a local hotel, since 2014. The new facility will be built with 16 courtrooms. Twelve courtrooms will be fully built for immediate use and four will be roughed-in for future use.
“This new, state-of-the-art courthouse will increase access to justice services for residents of Red Deer and central Alberta, and we expect the construction process to create 750 good construction and construction-related jobs for central Albertans. Infrastructure projects like the Red Deer Justice Centre play a key role in Alberta’s Recovery Plan.”
“This critical investment is a direct response to the feedback my ministry received during last year’s rural crime tour, where our government listened first-hand to the experiences of rural Albertans facing an uptick in crime. The upgrades to the Red Deer Justice Centre will help ensure the justice system is working effectively and efficiently to meet the needs of those in Red Deer and the surrounding communities, while making sure the judiciary, staff and the public are safe.”
“On behalf of city council and our entire community, we welcome the news that construction is moving forward on the new Red Deer Justice Centre. Provincial investment in this critical infrastructure acknowledges the widespread impacts of crime on our city, our region and the citizens we jointly serve. It will, without doubt, help alleviate impacts to families in crisis and victims of crime by ensuring more timely access to justice through expanded courthouse capacity.”
Contractor Clark Builders will begin construction activities on site in the coming weeks, with completion anticipated for spring 2023.
Alberta’s Recovery Plan is a bold, ambitious long-term strategy to build, diversify, and create tens of thousands of jobs now. By building schools, roads and other core infrastructure we are benefiting our communities. By diversifying our economy and attracting investment with Canada’s most competitive tax environment, we are putting Alberta on a path for a generation of growth. Alberta came together to save lives by flattening the curve and now we must do the same to save livelihoods, grow and thrive.
- Red Deer’s current court facilities were built in the 1980s. Since their construction, the city’s population has nearly doubled.
- The new, approximately 29,000 square metre Red Deer Justice Centre will be built to LEED Silver standards to ensure reduced energy consumption and operational costs, and increased structural durability.
- The new facility was designed by Group2 Architecture and Interior Design, in conjunction with justice facility specialists DLR Group.
- The Red Deer Justice Centre will include modern technology to replace legacy systems and processes in place at the current court facilities.
- This project is part of the more than $10 billion infrastructure spending announced as part of Alberta’s Recovery Plan.
- This spending includes:
- $6.9 billion Budget 2020 capital spending
- $980 million accelerated for Capital Maintenance and Renewal
- $200 million for Strategic Transportation Infrastructure Program and water infrastructure projects
- $600 million in strategic infrastructure projects
- $500 million in municipal infrastructure
- $1.5 billion for Keystone XL