Parliament House chiller replacement nears completion

07 08 17

Home to Australia's federal parliament, Parliament House is an iconic meeting place for members of parliament and a symbol of Australia's democracy. Opened in 1988 and designed to last at least 200 years, the building spans 250,000 sqm of floor space, contains 4500 rooms and accommodates 3,200 workers (in a sitting week) in addition to tourists and visitors.

Over the years Benmax has completed numerous projects at the site, most recently a refurbishment of the chiller system.

This project has involved the replacement of chillers four and five at the site. Over the course of the job, nearly 50 tonnes of pipe and equipment has been dismantled to allow its removal through the basement and carpark areas of the building. Due to size and vehicle restrictions at the site, both existing and new chiller components have been skated in and out of the building. 

To ensure minimal disruption to the operations of the building during the project, a significant amount of planning work has been undertaken with project partners to ensure the transition from the old to the new chillers has been efficient.  Over the next six weeks the new chillers will be assembled, all pipe connections completed and the system commissioned.