|2009 - 2010 Achievements|
Ehlanzeni District Municipality Building
Conceptual Architectural Design
A group of three buildings were therefore envisioned which would represent a Swazi homestead with the central, main “hut” (containing the public facilities and the Council Chamber), being that of the “chief”. The supporting accommodation of the administration flanks the main building in an embracing way to echo the two doves of the coat-of-arms. The main building is covered with a strong shield-shaped roof as a gesture of “protection”. The entire building therefore resembles the coat-of-arms and portrays the influences of the Swazi architectural heritage without being naïve or crude. The building is placed on the edge of the site to provide parking on the remaining area in a park-like environment.
Description of the Building
|Each department is controlled by a Manager as well as a political head and these offices are placed in prominent, corner positions to enable proper supervision and accessibility for the staff. The sub-sections of each department is grouped together to create smaller work groups within the overall structure. Main circulation takes place around the triple-volume atriums. Large portions of the office walls are glazed to enable the occupants to have visual contact to the area outside the workspace and also assist in general supervision. All personnel will enjoy indirect, natural light during power cuts. Almost 28% of all offices have direct access to shaded outside balconies from where the wonderful surrounding views and the moderate Ehlanzeni climate can be enjoyed. An interesting deviation from normal office design is the placing of the offices of the Heads of the organization on the ground floor. This is to emphasize the accessibility of the Municipal Manager and the Executive Mayor to the general public and also offers them the floor of the Atriums as part of their reception space. Private parking areas are also provided for these areas.|
The central block houses, on ground floor, the public areas like the tender room, cashiers and main security areas as well as the offices of the Speaker and the Chief Whip.
The Council Chamber is on the first floor with function areas for the Council above. Semi-private areas are glazed to emphasize the transparency of the organization. The shield-shaped roof is visible from the interior of the Council Chamber as constant reminder of the protection it represents. The Council Chamber is also lit naturally and will be blacked-out when required. The physical form of the Council Chamber protrudes to the outside and will stand out as a beacon of light (like a light house or lantern) during functions at night and will emphasize the “direction-giving” function of the Council.
The entire building is equipped with state-of-the-art electronic equipment like motion sensors to switch on the lights, biometric scanners for access-control and proper visual and audio facilities for the Council Chamber. A very high level of security is maintained throughout the building to create a safe environment for the staff. The building also has a gymnasium to cater for the physical health of the staff and this also has direct access to the garden. Flexibility for future expansion is built into the existing structure and is left unfinished internally until the need arises for additional office space in future.
Disaster Management Centre (DMC)
The Disaster Management Centre consists of a basement parking area, Multi-purpose hall combined with the canteen on the ground floor and Disaster Management Centre on the first floor.
The Architect was appointed to perform all architectural functions and requirements on this building. This included the preparation of the brief, concept design through to preparation of technical documentation. Final space planning was done in collaboration with the Ehlanzeni District Municipality. The architect also prepared full co-ordination documentation in which the work of all disciplines (mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, civil engineering, etc) was co-ordinated in detail. This pro-active planning produced a hassle-free system in which minimal or no clashes were experienced on site.
The juxtaposition of natural, earthy material with high-tech, modern elements follow the design concept of combining the cultural heritage with modern office design principles. The choice of materials also makes the building very visible above the natural tree canopy in front of the site, without being overpowering.
Benefits of the development
Permission was obtained from Mbombela Municipality for EDM to act as custodians for the remaining area around the site. This area contains a well known koppie which will be maintained in its natural state. The graves of the Nel family, after which Nelspruit was named, is also situated in this area and this fact will be marketed by the tourism Department of the District Municipality.
A Service Provider, Lidwala Specialist Engineers and their multi-disciplinary team were appointed to provide all professional services for the planning, design, project management and supervision of the works on behalf of the Ehlanzeni District Municipality.
Description of the facility and the need for upgrading
A comparison between the existing facilities and the FIFA requirements was done. Directly related to the FIFA requirements, the following additions need to be included in the project scope as these elements and facilities were lacking:
Employment Opportunities and Training:
A Service Provider, I.N. ZETHU PROJECT MANAGEMENT JOINT VENTURE and their multi-disciplinary team were appointed to provide all professional services for the planning, design, project management and supervision of the works on behalf of the Ehlanzeni District Municipality.
Employment Opportunities and Training:
Scope of work
Although the school hall was used as a facility to receive and entertain VIP guests of the FIFA event, it also served as a legacy item which will be a long term asset to the school for many years to come, created by the FIFA event. The pavilion development included the following facilities i.e.: 1x multi functional hall, 1x joint operational control centre, 4x VIP suites, 4x toilet blocks and dressing rooms. In total the project provided 63x toilets, 50x basins, 20 meters of urinals and 8x showers.
General school infrastructure was also upgraded by installing a water ring main line, an upgraded sewer line, newly designed and installed electrical reticulation, 4x entrance gate structures including 9x turnstile crowd control gates, electrical counters at gates, public and emergency announcement system and totally upgraded site lighting. The facility developed was of the highest standard, providing FIFA with a state of the art Fan Park and leaving Bergvlam Secondary School with a long term asset and legacy items.
The project was planned and designed from scratch, existing facilities demolished, special foundations installed, as well as all facilities fully constructed in the nearly impossible timeframe of 7 months. The nearly impossible timeframe was achieved by running all possible functions in parallel for instance starting construction whilst still finalizing the final design. The project workforce also sacrificed their annual builders’ holiday and carried on with work right through December 2009 in order to achieve set deadlines. This unselfish attitude of the workforce ensured the success of the project and at the same time resulted in additional income for their families, in turn leading to the upliftment of people in Mbombela and the greater Mpumalanga.
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