In 2018 the Jamaican government hosted an international design competition for a new building to house the country’s Houses of Parliament in Kingston’s National Heroes Park. The winning selection was determined by popular vote among Jamaicans, through an 18-month deliberation. The winning design, titled “Out of Many, One People” was created by a collaboration of a Houston-based design firm and Jamaican architect. The 300 foot perimeter of the building is a series of X-shaped columns and provides access to the building which includes chambers for the House and Senate, as well as atria and galleries.
TLC, as a sub-consultant to Synchro Corporation, created a detailed energy model that estimates energy use, then refined the model as the design evolved. The project, while not pursuing certification, has sustainability goals that demonstrate a good investment of taxpayer funds by targeting a minimum savings of 20% compared to ASHRAE 90.1-2010 App. G. The energy model confirmed that the design meets the project sustainability goals.
The winning design team was announced in March of 2019; construction is slated to begin in early 2021 with anticipated completion in 2023. To read more about the design competition and winning entry, click here.