A beacon for progressive justice
Combining provincial and federal jurisdictions under one roof, the Calgary Courts Centre wanted a design that reflected transparency and accessibility. Located in the heart of Calgary, it was important that public transport, underground utility services, pedestrian interfaces, street lighting, landscaping and vehicle patterns were all integrated into the design.
Working closely with multiple client groups a design was developed that would provide users with a facility unlike any other in Canada. As the prime consultant, Kasian worked closely with NORR Architects and Carols Ott to develop the LEED Silver, one million square foot facility housing 73 courtrooms, a dedicated room for Aboriginal justice ceremonies, and separate circulation systems for the public, employees and prisoners.
This courthouse is setting the benchmark for new court facilities globally, through its innovations linked to transparency, security, sustainability and efficiency. It is also significant because it effectively combines two distinct court systems within a secure closed environment