Senate approves its new building design from LA firm

Senate recently approved AECOM, an architectural firm based in Los Angeles (California, USA), as the winner in the conceptual design competition for the construction of the new Senate building to be built at Bonifacio Global City (BGC) in Taguig.

According to the committee chairman, Sen. Panfilo Lacson, the decision was made at the Senate session hall right after the technical staff of the last five selected firms explained features of their individual designs at two Senate committee hearing rooms.

He added that the announcement has made the Senate move forward to the third phase Senate building roadmap and that is the procurement of design and build the package for the 12-story Senate complex.

Lacson mentioned that Aecom also has the freedom to engage in the detailed architectural design of the project upon successful selection of the design and build contractor by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) for the development of the new Senate building.

The committee chairman also said that he and the 24-member of Senate looked for a design that symbolizes the Senate for what it stands for, a design that will become a landmark for the Filipino people, and a design that can take the Senate of the Philippines to the next 100 years.

The Senate selected five firms from a total of 24 foreign and 16 local architectural firms. Leeser Architecture; Aidea Inc.; AECOM; Henning Larsen Architects; and Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects were among the five firms chosen.

All the five firms were fairly judged by the Senate using a comprehensive scoring system with three components: technical (40 percent); people’s choice (five percent); and Executive ranking (55 percent).

Around P2-billion was already allocated by the Senate as an initial fund for the building project that might reach to more than P5-billion mark once it finished.

The said Senate building project will be situated at a BGC-owned lot based on a sale agreement with the State-owned Bases and Conversion Development Authority (BCDA).

Meanwhile, Lacson said that the senators together with their staff are expected to move from their rented offices at the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) complex to the new Senate building, that is about two hectares, in BGC on 2020.


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