Government Improving Correctional Facilities in Newfoundland and Labrador

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Government Improving Correctional Facilities in Newfoundland and Labrador

by ahnationtalk on November 24, 202130 Views

The Provincial Government is improving correctional infrastructure and services in Newfoundland and Labrador.

A Request for Proposals (RFP) has been issued to three teams of companies interested in designing, building, financing and maintaining a new correctional facility to replace Her Majesty’s Penitentiary in St. John’s.

The new 276-bed correctional facility will include 264 beds for medium/high security incarcerated individuals, 12 beds for community reintegration individuals and will allow for more programming, recreation, and better mental health services.

The three proponent teams—Avalon Corrections Partners, East Coast Corrections Partners, and Harbour Justice Partners—were short-listed to receive the RFP following evaluation of their responses to a Request for Qualifications, issued in 2020.

Proponent teams were evaluated based on design-builder capabilities, service provider and financial capacity, and team lead experience. More details on each of the three proponent teams receiving the RFP are available in the backgrounder below.

Submissions are due in late 2022 and proposals will include details on:

  • Mental health, health and structured intervention special handling units;
  • A detention centre to replace the St. John’s lock-up on Duckworth Street;
  • Spaces for programming, administration, recreation, laundry and kitchen services;
  • A commitment to hiring workers based in Newfoundland and Labrador;
  • A plan to assist with hiring tradeswomen and other local workers underrepresented in the workforce to work on the construction site;
  • An apprenticeship training program for local apprentices;
  • Financing and maintaining the facility over the 30-year contract.

The three teams will also participate in a business-to-business networking session with Newfoundland and Labrador Construction Association members in winter, 2022.

The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure anticipates site work to begin in 2022, construction on the new correctional facility to begin in spring 2023 and construction to be completed in three years.

Meanwhile, a contract valued at $8.2 million has been awarded to Moss Construction to increase capacity at the Labrador Correctional Centre in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.

The living unit extensions include a total of 18 cells to accommodate 36 incarcerated individuals. The project will also allow for improvements to the existing facility’s laundry, kitchen, and programming areas, and the addition of a medical suite. This renovation will allow Adult Corrections the option to house female and male offenders in Labrador, reducing the need for transports to other facilities on the island.

The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure anticipates work beginning in 2022 and being completed by the end of 2024.


“Like the new adult mental health and addictions hospital in St. John’s and the new west coast hospital in Corner Brook, the new correctional facility will create construction jobs for tradespeople in Newfoundland and Labrador. It will also lead to safer environments for inmates and staff. Meanwhile, the extensions at the Labrador Correctional Centre will result in more people in Labrador receiving services closer to home.”

Honourable Elvis Loveless
Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure

“New modern facilities support the development and implementation of additional policies and programs that will allow inmates an opportunity to become productive members of society and break the cycle of reoffending. While there is still much work to do, we are committed to working with our partners in government and the community to improve the system and bring about positive change.”

Honourable John Hogan
Minister of Justice and Public Safety

“Expanding capacity at the Labrador Correctional Centre provides greater opportunity for incarcerated females from Labrador to foster family relationships, maintain cultural contact and reduce travel to other facilities on the Island. Other benefits of this work include improvements to laundry and kitchen facilities and the addition of a medical suite.”

Honourable Lisa Dempster
Minister Responsible for Labrador Affairs and Indigenous Affairs and Reconciliation

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Learn more
News Release – Provincial Government Issues Request for Qualifications for New Correctional Facility

News Release – Ministers Parsons and Crocker Announce Plan for New Correctional Facility

News Release – contracts Awarded for Advisors for New Correctional Facility Procurement

Media contacts
Kathryn Summers
Transportation and Infrastructure
709-729-1758, 699-6147
[email protected]

Emily Jane-Gillingham
Justice and Public Safety
709-729-5524, 730-4607
[email protected]

Allan Bock
Labrador Affairs Secretariat
709-896-4449, 899-6446
[email protected]


Details of three teams of companies are receiving the Request for Proposals to design, build, finance and maintain a new correctional facility to replace Her Majesty’s Penitentiary.

Avalon Corrections Partners
Team Lead and Equity Provider Plenary Americas LP
Design-Builder Marco Group Limited
Design Lead Parkin Architects Limited
Associate Architect John Hearn Architect Incorporated
Security Consultant Lobo Consulting Services Inc.
Mechanical and Electrical Design Consultant Smith and Anderson Consulting Engineering
Civil and Traffic Design Consultant R.V. Anderson Associates Limited
Structural and Envelope Design Consultant Entuitive Corporation
Detention Equipment Consultant CGL Companies, LLC
Local Landscaping Design Consultant Tract Consulting Inc.
Local M&E Design Consultant Jewer Bailey Consultants Limited
Mechanical-Electrical Contractor G.J. Cahill & Company (1979) Limited
Detention Doors and Hardware Contractor Upper Canada Specialty Hardware Limited
Facilities Management Johnson Controls Canada LP
East Coast Corrections Partners
Team Lead and Equity Provider EllisDon Capital Inc.
Design-Builder EllisDon Corporation and Olympic Construction Ltd (DBJV)
Design Lead DLR Group
Associate Architect LAT 49 Architecture
Structural Engineer Stephenson Engineering Ltd.
Mechanical Design Consultant H.H. Angus & Associates
Electrical Design Consultant Mulvey and Banani International Inc.
Mechanical-Electrical Partner Plan Group
Local Mechanical Design-Build Contractor Tristar Mechanical Ltd.
Local Electrical Design-Build Contractor JSM Electrical Ltd.
Detention Hardware Contractor Cornerstone Detention / Claborn Manufacturing
Facilities Management EllisDon Facilities Services Inc.
Harbour Justice Partners
Team Lead and Equity Provider Pomerleau Capital Inc. / SNC-Lavalin Capital Inc.
Design-Builder Pomerleau Inc.
Design Lead Provencher_Roy + Associes Architects Inc.
Associate Architect Fougere Menchenton Architecture Inc.
Security Consultant Bouthillette Parizeau Inc.
Mechanical and Electrical Design Consultant Bouthillette Parizeau Inc.
Structural and Envelope Design Consultant SDK et Associes
Detention Equipment Contractor Strongbar Industries Inc.
Local Consultant CORE Engineering Inc.
Local Consultant Malcolm PINTO Engineerng Ltd.
Local Consultant Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions
Facilities Management SNC-Lavalin Operations & Maintenance Inc.


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