Toronto South Detention Centre


Designed by Zeidler Partnership Architects
Photos by Zeidler Partnership Architects

Focusing on a modern, 1,650-bed maximum security facility for adult inmates (including those with special needs) to replace the Toronto Jail, The Toronto South Detention Centre (TSDC) project also included the construction of the Toronto Intermittent Centre (TIC), a 320-bed facility to accommodate those serving primarily weekend sentences.

The systems integration for this multi-building facility features the design of Johnson Controls' Metasys BACnet-based building automation system (BAS). BACnet, a leading international protocol, allows control devices for the HVAC, lighting, life safety, security, video surveillance, power (and other) systems throughout the facility to communicate seamlessly on the same network. The BAS for all the buildings are connected to a central system for the entire facility. Smith + Andersen completed a full design of all of the BAS controls, and our controls design engineering team is able to program and commission all types of control systems. The new detention centre remains publicly owned, controlled and accountable.

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Sustainable design highlights include: ground source heat pumps, heat recovery chillers, condensing boilers, variable speed pumping, variable speed fans, energy recovery ventilators and rain water cisterns for reduced water use. For energy management and controls systems, S+A provided expertise in assessment, design, commissioning and project management; heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems, lighting systems, access control systems, fire and smoke management systems and utilities monitoring and metering are integrated and optimized.


Toronto, Ontario

Gross Floor Area

  • 846,043 sq ft

Total Construction Cost

$ 359,900,000

Completion Year



2012 AIA/AAJ Justice Facilities Review Awards Program - Award of Excellence