The Makati City Hall Building 2 vs other buildings

Posted at 09/05/2014 2:18 PM | Updated as of 09/09/2014 3:40 PM

MANILA - The Hilmarc's Construction Corporation said the cost of construction of the controversial Makati City Hall Building 2 is comparable with the construction cost of other government building projects.

During the Senate hearing on Thursday, Rogelio Peig, the assistant vice president for legal of Hilmarc's, enumerated the other government buildings that they have constructed in the past years.

These include the city halls of Bacolod and Calamba, the House of Representatives Annex Building, the Sandiganbayan Centennial Building, the Quezon City Museum, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas buildings in Naga City and Negros Oriental, and the Iloilo Convention Center.

In the private sector, he said Hilmarc's also completed many commercial and high-rise buildings which include the SM Mall of Asia, the Philippine Arena, the Joya Lofts & Towers, the FEU Technology Building, and the GMA Network Building.

During the hearing, Peig compared the project cost of the 11-storey Makati city office and parking building with the cost of some of the other government buildings.

He said its average cost is P69,549.52 per square meter, which is comparable with the cost of the other buildings ranging from P61,000 to P74,000 per square meter.

The allegedly overpriced Makati City Hall Building 2 is the subject of a plunder complaint against Vice President Jejomar Binay, his son Makati Mayor Junjun Binay, and several other city government officials.

MAKATI CITY HALL BUILDING 2
Located at Zobel Street, Barangay Poblacion, Makati City
Project started in January 2008 and completed in March 2013 (constructed in 5 phases)
Project cost: P2.28 billion
Floor area: 32,783.69 square meters
Average cost: P69,549.52 per square meter

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ANNEX BUILDING
Located at Batasan Complex, Batasan Hills, Quezon City
Project started in June 1998 and completed in January 2002
Project cost: P462 million
Floor area: 12,050.50 square meters
Average cost: P38,334.13 per square meter
2010 adjusted cost (as per NSO Index): P74,751.56 per square meter

"Kung sabay tinatayo ang building na yan sa Makati City Hall Building, yang building po na yan ay magkakahalaga ng P74,000 per square meter," Peig noted. Thus, the average cost of this annex building would even be higher than that of the Makati building.

RENOVATION AND EXPANSION OF THE MAIN BUILDING-SOUTH LOUNGE EXTENSION
Located at HREP Complex, Batasan Hills, Quezon City
Project started in June 2011 and completed in April 2012
Project cost: P61.3 million
Floor area: 930 square meters
Average cost: P65,881.43 per square meter (without pile foundation)

RENOVATION AND EXPANSION OF THE MAIN BUILDING-NORTH LOUNGE EXTENSION
Located at HREP Complex, Batasan Hills, Quezon City
Project started in June 2012 and completed in October 2012
Project cost: P60.6 million
Floor area: 895 square meters
Average cost: P67,702.17 per square meter (without pile foundation)

BANGKO SENTRAL NG PILIPINAS
Located at Barangay Triangulo, Naga City
Project started in January 2011 and completed in March 2012
Project cost: P289,077,451.48
Floor area: 4,685.04 square meters
Average cost: P61,702.02 per square meter

BANGKO SENTRAL NG PILIPINAS
Lcoated at Daro, Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental
Project started in December 2010 and completed in March 2012
Project cost: P258 million
Floor area: 4,150 square meters
Average cost: P62,183.01 per square meter (without pile foundation)

SANDIGANBAYAN CENTENNIAL BUILDING
Located at Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City
Project started in January 1998 and completed in May 1999 (constructed in 4 phases)
Project cost: P544 million
Floor area: 17,350.80 square meters
Average cost: P31,321 per square meter
2010 adjusted cost (as per NSO Index): P61.077.50 per square meter (without pile foundation)

CALAMBA CITY HALL COMPLEX
Located at City of Calamba
Project started in November 2002 and completed in September 2005 (constructed in 2 phases)
Project cost: P624 million
Floor area: 18,053.73 square meters
Average cost: P34,579.07 per square meter
2010 adjusted cost (as per NSO Index): P65,043.23 per square meter (without pile foundation)

Peig noted that those buildings without pile foundation will even have an additional cost of P8,000 per square meter if pile foundation will be included. Thus, some would even cost more than the Makati building.

ILOILO CONVENTION CENTER (phase 1/partial construction)
Located at Mandurriao, Iloilo City
Bid cost: P479,847,504.47
Floor area: 8,932 square meters
Average cost: P53,722.29 per square meter

"Pero gusto ko pong bigyang diin na...based po sa scope of works ng phase 1, hindi pa po pwedeng gamitin ang building na ito. Samakatuwid, para magamit ito, magkakaroon pa ng additional na gastos ang ating gobyerno," Peig said.

"So makikita po natin that the price of the Makati parking building is comparable with other government projects," he said.

However, during the later part of the hearing, Senator Alan Peter Cayetano also compared the cost of the Makati City Hall Building 2 with another building, which was not constructed by Hilmarc's.

Cayetano pointed out that the Zuellig Building only has an average cost of P42,712 per square meter as compared to the P84,000 per square meter cost of the Makati city office and parking building, which he said was neither "green" nor "world-class."

The senator said the figures he presented were from the Philippine Institute of Architects.

MAKATI CITY HALL BUILDING 2
Floor area: 31,928 square meters
Average cost: P84,000 per square meter
Has 6 floors of office space, and 5 floors of parking
Has 2 elevators
"Our version of a green building," according to Mayor Binay, due to garden and LED lightbulbs
Finishings:
No ceilings on upper floors
Misspelled office door labels
Cracked drywalls
Vinyl linoleum flooring
"Standard finishings," according to the Philippine Institute of Architects

ZUELLIG BUILDING
Floor area: 101,728 square meters
Average cost: P42,712 per square meter
Has 33 floors of office and retail space, and 5 floors of basement parking
Has 8 low-zone elevators, 8 high-zone elevators, 2 parking elevators, 2 service elevators, and 1 scenic elevator (glass elevator in the retail pavilion)
Has 4 escalators
Platinum level LEED certified
Finishings:
American granite floor
Macedonian marble walls
American timber wall panels
Italian ceramic tiles