manitoba law courts building assessment report
Architecturally, the Assize Courtroom in the Manitoba Law Courts is of national significance. Recognized across Canada as a national treasure, it remains the only marble-faced courtroom in Canada. Finished in fine plaster, marble and stained glass detailing, it eloquently expresses the era of its construction. As a modern work environment, the courtroom has acoustic, accessibility, health, safety, energy efficiency, mechanical, roofing, security and lighting issues. A compilation of the history and current condition of the Assize Courtroom was assembled in a Condition Survey over the course of this project. A review of available archival drawings and specifications was also conducted. Long-term space planning was an integral step in developing the Master Plan. All proposed alterations to the Assize Courtroom are respectful of its special heritage value. Inherent in all the work is the recognition of the Law Courts heritage requirements and the associated use of Federal Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada. All new work recognizes the need for design flexibility, security, and integrity of the existing sound system. BridgmanCollaborative's report was completed in 2010.