New Westminster Law Courts
New Westminster, BC
The Law Courts facility in New Westminster involved an extraordinarily strict design and construction schedule. It was completed in 1980 five weeks ahead of schedule and more than $1 million under budget, and thus it stands as solid testimony to our company's efficiency, management expertise, ingenuity, and overall capability on major public projects. During construction, which was completed in just 14 months, we used a construction management strategy involving issuance of multiple tender packages to achieve rapid progress. The Law Courts was the first building to be completed in New Westminster's enterprising downtown redevelopment program. The four-storey structure contains space for 16 courtrooms to be used for everything from small debts claims to supreme court hearings. Each completed courtroom (2 were left unfinished for future use) required special design qualities and acoustics. The facility also contains a variety of administration spaces including a law library, judges and barristers chambers, holding facilities, and various offices for court-related matters. In 1990, we completed extensive renovations to the Administrative areas. The Law Courts complex is clad in white crushed granite and features generous glazing, especially overhead. A skylight runs the length of the building and the lobby has an expansive sloped glass roof. The entrance plaza ("Begbie Square") has been thoughtfully designed and leads upward, beside a waterfall, to Douglas College, completed in 1983, which was also designed by CJP Architects. In 1982, the Law Courts received a design award from the Architectural Institute of British Columbia.