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Project manager named for courthouse renovation


The province is set to award contracts for renovations to the Dauphin Courthouse.
The tender for a project construction manager has been awarded to Bockstael Construction, which will be in charge of ensuring the project is progressing safely, on time and on budget.
The first tender for foundation work is expected to be issued this spring.
Built in 1916, the Dauphin Court House is more than 100 years old and no longer meets current building codes and programming requirements
The $11 million project will see the historic building on the north end of Main Street revitalized to include improved interior and exterior accessibility including accessible washrooms and more accessible public, court and administrative spaces.
Plans also call for improved video-conferencing and meeting spaces for lawyers and their clients and new administrative and office spaces for court staff, sheriff services and the judiciary. Finally the project will enhance courthouse security, including the addition of holding cells, to keep the public and court staff safe while improving the efficiency of proceedings.
The renovations will also include an addition to the facility and repurposing of the Dauphin Correctional Centre next to the courthouse.
“We are committed to enhancing Manitoba’s justice system and to providing improved access to justice services to those living in Dauphin and surrounding communities,” Justice Minister Cameron Friesen said.
“This project is making critical enhancements and upgrades, and will ensure the facility is secure and effective for many years to come.”
For NDP leader Wab Kinew, despite the renovation, the provincial government took the wrong approach to dealing wth the justice system in the community.
“It’s a shame folks who pushed for investments in their community won’t be able to see it, because they were all laid off by the Conservative government. The PCs closed the Dauphin Correctional Centre and cut dozens of good jobs in that community,” Kinew said.
“When hundreds of residents protested the closure in a townhall meeting the PC MLA for Dauphin said he was ‘okay with this.’ That’s not standing up for Dauphin workers, that’s putting cuts ahead of rural families. The NDP has a plan to create good jobs in Dauphin and improve the justice system by building a new Healing Centre in the community.”