6 June : Indian Buildings Congress had invited applications for participating in a competition for an Award of Excellence in Built Environment for the year 2009. In response, Haryana PW(B&R) Department has applied on 29.04.2010 for the building of Nirman Sadan. Main criteria for selection are earthquake resistant, intelligent Building concept, Green Building concept, Fire fighting provisions and innovations adopted in construction etc.
Indian Buildings Congress has selected this building out of 21 entries participated in the competition at national level for Award of Trophy i.e. Award for Excellence in Built Environment for the year 2009 being the best building in India. This Award will be presented during the inaugural function of 16th Annual Convention of Indian Buildings Congress on 17th June, 2010 in Vigyan Bhawan at New Delhi. 91 site meetings were chaired by Shri Mahesh Kumar, Engineer-in-Chief and that resulted this building to be State of Art Building, completed in shortest possible time and at the most economical rates
The background for construction of this building was Haryana Govt.’s decision to bring under one roof, all the offices scattered at 10 places in Sector-19, 7 & 17 to achieve inter departmental co-ordination and improve efficiency of work. Both departments were entrusted the task of planning a state of the art, efficient, modern building at a site measuring 3.19 acres with covered area of 10,436 sq.m located on NH-21 in Sector 33-A Chandigarh.
The design of building was a challenging task due to multiple constraints and parameters mandatory as per by laws of Chandigarh Administration. Site parameters include 16% ground coverage, zoning setback, height restrictions, volumetric zoning, parking norms, F.A.R. as 0.65, strict facade control. This building comprises three blocks namely Block-A G+6 (houses offices of PW (B&R),canteen, video conference room), Block-B (G+1 contains library, conference, tender ,audio visual rooms, ladies common room, display area, ATM, reception) and Block-C (G+3 houses Architecture Department).
Salient features of the building are that this building has been constructed on green building concept. It is also energy efficient, earthquake resistant & barrier free building. Rain water harvesting and solar water heating systems have been provided. Big windows are placed in North for natural light, ventilation and visibility of open areas for better environment to cater for better mood, mind and health of employees. Central courtyards have been provided with landscape for better ambience, air circulation. Building facade is with structural glazing, heat reflecting glass, aluminium composite panels give a pleasant aesthetic outlook. The basement below all blocks is well ventilated with natural light.
Fans & fittings are energy efficient as per Haryana Renewable Energy Development Agency and BEE Guidelines thus saving about 25% in electricity consumption. Appliances used adhere to five star rating of Bureau of Energy Efficiency. Plantation on south west side to deflect heat in line with green concept. Glass lifts have been provided to enjoy view of landscape.
This building has been designed conforming to IS 1893-2002, IS 4326 and IS 13920-1993. Fire sensing/alarm systems have been provided. Automatic Sprinklers provided in basement operate when temperature rises to 65º C. Carbon Dioxide flooding system has been provided for electrical panels. There is motorable area around the building for free movement of fire tenders. Surveillance system is through CCTV cameras and Biometric access control with sensor doors. No depressed slab of toilets is provided which is a source of leakage. C.I. pipes hanged at the bottom of slabs are covered with false ceiling so that leakage can be detected. LAN & EPABX Systems are also the main features for effective working.
Finishing materials were purchased departmentally directly from sources resulted in saving of Rs.1.00 crore of the public money. Old furniture has been remodelled to make workstations for convenient and effective working.