The New Parliament House of Australia
In 1980, joint venture architects Mitchell Giurgola Architects and Thorp Architects won an international design competition for the Australian national government complex atop Capital Hill in the city of Canberra. LORING was an original member of the Mitchell Giurgola and Thorp team and produced a number of extensive concept designs for mechanical and electrical systems as part of the team’s design proposal.
After the selection of our team, LORING became responsible for developing the engineering program and design criteria for all building mechanical and electrical systems including the central utilities plant, and all related preliminary design and design development. After approval of the proposed engineering systems, LORING entered into a joint venture with three Sydney-based mechanical and electrical engineering consultants (Norman Disney & Young; W.E. Bassett & Partners; and Ledingham, Hensly, Oxley & Partners, PTY/LTD). As the principal design engineers for the Parliament House, LORING provided technical overview and support to the Australian engineers and continued to be involved in the overall coordination of the project.
The New Parliament House houses the nation’s Executive Branch, Legislative Branch, Prime Minister’s Chambers and the Chambers for the Senate and the House of Representatives.