A contract to design and build a new adult women's correctional facility in Fort Smith, N.W.T. has been awarded to C.A.B. Construction Ltd. with a winning proposal of just more than $23.5 million.
The new facility will have capacity for 23 women and will be built on MacDougal Road next to the existing facility for male inmates, a release explains.
"The people of Fort Smith have a long history of supporting the operation of corrections facilities in their community," said Minister of Justice David Ramsay in a statement.
"By building on the same site as the existing centre for men, we will be able to realize efficiencies in food services, utilities and administration. We look forward to the opening of this building in the spring of 2018."
Construction on the new facility is expected to begin in spring 2016 with design currently underway.
There will be provisions for inmates' needs encompassed in the project, including spirituality and special programming areas along with appropriate security requirements and potential future expansion.
The design of the new facility will also incorporate many energy conservation features including energy efficient heating and ventilation systems, a high quality building envelope and LED lighting.
"Use of renewable energy will be a key operational feature of the project achieved through the installation of a new wood pellet boiler system to serve the new facility as well as the existing male facility," the release reads.
The current women's facility opened in Fort Smith in the early 1990s. It will be decommissioned and no longer used as a corrections facility.