The Forensic Services and Coroner’s Complex opened for business in October 2013. The state-of-the-art facility houses the Office of the Chief Coroner, the Ontario Forensic Pathology Service, the Centre of Forensic Sciences and the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management.
Housing all these agencies on one site increases operational efficiencies. The new facility allows staff from various program areas, who work closely during investigations, to collaborate and share resources, information and expertise.
The building, built in a public-private partnership with Carillion Secure Solutions consortium, is 663,000 square feet and has the capacity for more than 2,500 autopsies and over 15,000 forensic science cases per year.
The facility has been built to, and will be maintained to, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification. LEED buildings focus on healthy indoor environments, reduced greenhouse gas emissions and efficient use of energy, water and other resources.
The complex’s LEED highlights include:
Drought tolerant and native or adaptive plant species used for landscaping
Low emitting volatile organic compound materials were used for adhesives, paints, carpet and sealants
Diversion of construction waste from landfill and support for recycling