A Tale of Twin Lecture Halls

With so much construction work going on all around, it becomes difficult at times to keep track of which building is coming up where. In this edition of Monday Morning, we will be clearing all your doubts regarding the extensive infrastructural development that has been taking place around the existing buildings of Lecture Annexe-1 and BT-BM buildings.

This article covers the details of the new Lecture Hall that is under construction adjacent to LA-1 and the Mechanical-ID Twin Towers.

The new LA will function simultaneously with the existing LA-1. As the number of seats in various programmes get increased and new departments such as the School of Earth Sciences start becoming completely functional, a lot of freshmen will be joining every year. This coupled with the various common courses for multiple departments would require greater number of rooms which will be accommodated in the new Lecture Annexe. The construction work started in the March of 2013. Though a stipulated time of 24 months has been allotted, the site-in-charge believes a minimum of 30 months would be required for completion given the existing rate of progress.
Certain roadblocks have come up in the work at various stages. One of the major issues have the delay in acquiring of materials. This has mainly been due to the fact that the building plan and blueprint is not available for the complete structure and is being dispatched in stages as the work progresses. Consequently, materials can’t be ordered in advance and certain lag ensues between each stage of construction. There has also been a lack of synchronisation and communication between the institute administration, the materials supplier, architectural firm and the company contracted for construction work. This became particularly evident during material acquisition and problems regarding the water proofing. The water proofing kept the work pending for around 3 months when a lot of labourers left looking for work elsewhere.

The Lecture Annexe-2 though seemingly identical in structure to the existing Lecture Annexe-1, does possess some characteristics of its own. Firstly, it is devoid of any basement. This is because the ground level in that area is lower by almost 3 metres. Also, in all probability, it shall have its own car parking arena. The rest of the design is a complete replica in terms of interior architecture, external facade and planning. The difference in ground level has been cleverly adjusted by the abolition of any sub-ground structure and maintaining a common roof and floor level for the two Lecture Halls. Thus, it will appear to have an extra floor from the existing LA which in reality is the basement being shifted to over the ground level and converted to an open area that might be accommodating a parking lot. An interesting trivia for our civil engineering readers is that despite the staggering height, there won’t be any pile caps used since the soil here has a very high load-bearing capacity. A cafeteria might also come up between the two Lecture Halls after the construction work gets completed. There has not yet been any plan for construction of ramps, as told by the Director for the differently-abled students. However, there is provision for an elevator which will be acquired and installed after the construction reaches the final stage.