FREDERICTON, Canada — New Brunswick’s Supply and Services Ministry started development of two new prisons to alleviate capacity challenges in the provincial correctional system, according to a ministry spokesperson.
The $40 million Southeast Correctional Centre is 92,756 square feet and includes three housing units with 30 cells each. The $16.3 million, 41,519-square-feet Dalhousie Correctional Centre consists of five housing units comprised of 10 cells each.
Foundation and steel work is under way at the two facilities, both located on province-owned land. Site preparation for the Southeast Correctional Centre has been awarded to Modern Construction of Moncton, New Brunswick.
The Phase 2 site preparations contract for the Dalhousie Correctional Centre was awarded to LCL Excavation of Charlo, New Brunswick. Facility construction contracts are expected to be delivered in March.
Both facilities have been designed to achieve LEED Silver certification and will be registered with the Canada Green Building Council.
The facilities and the Dalhousie Correctional Centre are expected to be completed by spring 2011 and will add 150 cells to the province’s correctional system.
Once complete, the Southeast Correctional Centre will replace the 41-year-old Moncton Detention Centre. The detention center is expected to close in the late summer or fall 2011, and the property the facility sits on in downtown Moncton will be redeveloped.
A new $56 million courthouse, the Moncton Law Courts, is under already construction nearby. Built under a public-private partnership with Access Justice Moncton Ltd., a division of Citigroup, the 133,000-square-foot facility will include 15 courtrooms, two hearing rooms, holding cells, and chambers for judiciary members.
The Moncton Law Courts facility, scheduled to be completed by fall 2010, was designed by Prodel Design Inc. of Moncton. Prodel Design incorporated a number of green designs into the judicial building to achieve energy targets 30 percent lower than national energy code requirements, Mallaley says.