Ground broken on new central Alberta courthouse

Construction of a new courthouse in downtown Red Deer is set to begin.

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,” said Prasad Panda, Minister of Infrastructure.

Red Deer Mayor Tara Veer welcomed the project.

“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.”

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.

Contractor Clark Builders will begin construction activities on site in the coming weeks, with completion anticipated for spring 2023.

The current courthouse opened officially on Oct. 5, 1984. It replaced an older courthouse that was opened March 6, 1931.

The current courthouse opened officially on Oct. 5, 1984.
Red Deer Courthouse that was opened March 6, 1931.