Manitoba Finance recruited Nadi to renovate the fourth floor of the Winnipeg Law Courts Building in 2013. For this project, the Winnipeg Access Advisory Committee presented us with the Winnipeg Accessibility Award in 2016.
With 12 existing courtrooms located on the fourth floor, our primary objective was to improve their accessibility while preserving the building’s original interior design. We designed all 12 courtrooms with bariatric seating, barrier-free access, visual cues to denote the use of space, visual alarms and tactile wayfinding. We also added accessible judge’s dais in two of the rooms to address the changing needs of the user. To preserve the building’s original architecture, we preserved all existing Tyndall stone and carpet installation patterns, while replacing the current fabric wall panels with oak to complement the original millwork. We reclad the public corridor walls with high impact panelling, helping create an airier feel inside the building, and juxtaposing the architecture’s Brutalist style.
We confirmed site measurements, provide design and recommendations for the forth floor courtrooms. We also provided a class D and B cost estimates, tendered construction documents, fielded questions during the bid period and performed construct administration.