Project Name: Govt. School, Giaspura, Ludhiana, Punjab
Client Name: Vardhman Textiles Ltd. Under Corporate Social Responsibility
Site Area : 5 Acres
Total Built up area: 14,000 Sq. ft
The Government Primary School at Giaspura in Ludhiana, Punjab is a charitable project by Vardhman Textiles Ltd, Ludhiana under their Corporate Social Responsibility. Throughout our country the conditions of most of the Government School is deplorable. The Corporate Social Responsibility program by the Government in association with big companies in India can prove to be a shot in the arm for developing the school infrastructure throughout the country.
As designers we have to be mindful of the one major aspect of such programs i.e. the cost, the lesser the cost of such projects the more funding can be utilized setting up the equation: cost of building directly proportional to the area to be developed.
A straightforward design philosophy is implemented for the school block with single loaded classroom corridors to get maximum light and ventilation. Framed structure is used for construction instead of load bearing walls in order to save time which eventually saves money. Cost effective techniques are also used in omitting the plaster work for the building and exposing the brick facade with basic tuck pointing. Use of pressed steel doors and window frames along with low cost basic tiles and stone for flooring added to the savings. The total cost of construction for the complete building measuring 15,750 sq. ft came out at Rs. 942.00 per sq. ft including all taxes or approximately $14.50 per sqft.
Design elements for the school is brought in with the use of color as it seemed to be the most economical way to make the difference. Bright colors with a traditional brick color background is used to maximize the effect and provide with a bold building trying hard to leave the tag of being Charitable behind.