Senate approves design of new building in Fort Bonifacio

MANILA, Philippines – The planned transfer of the Senate to Fort Bonifacio is making progress, after the Senate and the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) chose the firm that would design the new building.

Out of 5 shortlisted design firms, AECOM was selected after winning the Global Conceptual Design Competition.

Senate accounts committee chairman Panfilo Lacson announced this on Monday, May 28, during their session.

"Finally, after careful review and evaluation of the Technical Evaluation Committee, BCDA officials, the senators of the 17th Congress, and the Senate community, it is my honor to confirm before this august chamber the winner of the Global Conceptual Design Competition for the new home of the Philippine Senate is AECOM, with a mere 0.36-point difference from our second choice," Lacson said.

According to Lacson, AECOM will undertake the detailed architectural design of the project upon selection of the design-and-build contractor by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

Lacson said this marks the end of the project's second of 5 phases.

The next step, he said, is the procurement of the design-and-build package. This consists of the bidding for the contractor that would handle the construction, which Lacson earlier said should be finalized by the last quarter of 2018.

The construction could begin by January 2019 and take two years, or until December 2020. It would then be followed by the last step, the purchase and installation of fixtures.

If all goes well, as Lacson earlier said, the opening of congressional session in 2021 would be held in the new building, which is eyed to be comparable to the United States Capitol, Germany's Reichstag, and the Palace of Westminster, among other global political landmarks. – Rappler.com

Camille Elemia

Camille Elemia is a multimedia reporter focusing on media, technology, and disinformation.

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