Project Summary

  • Client 

    Infrastructure Ontario & Ministry of Community Safety & Correctional Services 

  • Budget

    $358.5 Million

  • Size

    710,000 sq.ft. 

  • Delivery Model


  • Year Complete


  • Sector

    Judicial and Correctional

The Story

The Toronto South Detention Centre (“TSDC”) was built to replace the Don Jail and the Mimico Detention Centre, which was located on the site. The new detention centre followed the direct supervision model of offender management.

The 710,000 square foot TSDC is an all male, maximum security remand facility which includes 1,650 beds for adult inmates housed in three towers; a 320-bed Intermittent Centre for weekend offenders, an infirmary for medical care including the occasional non-life threatening emergency treatments, routine radiology services, dental service, a food preparation building and laundry facilities and a central utilities plant. A location for non-denominational worship was included in the scope, along with an aboriginal centre for the observance of native ceremonies and activities by native inmates.

The construction of this eight-building complex consisted of structural steel with a precast shell. The mechanical features include a central processing plant, nine separate mechanical rooms, over 47 air handling units and an independent tear gas system.

The electrical system comprises two bi–fuel backup generators, a state of the art building automation system, programmable lighting controls and an extensive electronic security system.

The interior features include natural light throughout the staff administration areas. Reclaimed brick walls were taken from the existing buildings on-site.

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