Toronto South Detention Centre

Completion: November 02, 2012

Location: Etobicoke

Total Construction Value: $350,000,000

Size: 860000 sq. ft.

The Toronto South Detention Centre (TSDC) in Etobicoke was developed to replace the historic Toronto Jail (more commonly known as the Don Jail). The TDSC houses a 1,650-bed high security facility for adult inmates, and a 320-bed intermittent centre for those serving weekend sentences. Other features include a food and laundry complex and administrative buildings for support staff.

Mechanical Systems

This Design-Build project used a unique collaborative process in which each contractor worked closely with the general contractor and consulting engineers to implement the overall facility design. Together with Smith & Anderson, the consulting mechanical engineers, Kelson reviewed equipment specification, selection, and layout. We worked with the design team to tender equipment, finalize designs, and oversee procurement. Then we executed on a wide range of mechanical systems and services.

Project Highlights

Kelson’s prefabrication expertise was an important component of this project. We created a unique prefabrication arrangement for the underground tunnel, using a special stand and assembly system to install service piping. We also developed an Auger Monster layout for use onsite.