Discovery Offices

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Discovery Offices (डिस्कवरी कार्यालये in Marathi) is a 50-storey, 205 m office skyscraper located on the land previously owned by Nirmal Lifestyles Mall, which is a shopping mall in Mulund, Mumbai, India and is situated on L.B.S Marg and Mulund-Goregaon Link Road Crossing Square near the Nirmal Lifestyles Mall. It is one of the first supertall buildings in India to achieve a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum rating for environmental sustainability from Green Building Council. It is a 50-floor skyscraper used for commercial offices and is being built by Nirmal Construction Pvt Ltd.[1] The architect and structural engineering company creating Discovery Offices is the Indian architecture firm Hafeez Contractor.[2] Nirmal Construction Pvt Ltd has made a contract with Discovery Communications to construct one of India's first supertall skyscrapers to achieve a LEED Platinum rating for environmental sustainability.[3][4] It will become one of the tallest office buildings in India if completed on schedule.

The Discovery Offices towers lean in opposite directions (five degrees from center) adjacent. It is the tallest building in Mulund and also the tallest building in Eastern Suburbs under construction and, when completed, it will have a total height of 205 m and a total floor area of 1700000 sqft.[5] Construction began on 1 March 2011 and is estimated to finish on 1 March 2015. But as of 2013 it is scheduled to complete on 1 March 2016, a delay caused by local authorities and technical problems. The total cost of The Discovery Offices towers is estimated at around Template:INRConvert.

History

Discovery Offices construction began construction on 1 March 2011 and is estimated to complete on 1 March 2015. The design was changed two times before the final design was decided upon.[6]

Plot history

Discovery Offices is a skyscraper located on the land previously owned by Nirmal Lifestyles Mall which is a Shopping Mall in Mulund, Mumbai and is situated on L.B.S Marg and Mulund-Goregaon Link Road Crossing Square near the Nirmal Lifestyles Mall. Its land was used as the main parking lot for the Nirmal Lifestyles Mall from 2002 to 2010. On 1 March 2011 the ground breaking ceremony took place and the construction of the Discovery Offices began.

Location

Discovery Offices is situated on L.B.S Marg and Mulund-Goregaon Link Road Crossing Square near the Nirmal Lifestyles Mall. It is about 7 km from Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport.[7] It is situated in Mulund which is a developing area and has well planned civic amenities and world class planned infrastructure. The reason to construct the Discovery Offices in this area was mainly because it is an upcoming deed area of Mumbai. However, Mulund lacks world class commercial offices and has very few types of offices.

Design

The Discovery Offices towers lean in opposite directions (five degrees from center) adjacent. It is a 50 floor skyscraper used for commercial offices and it is being built by Nirmal Construction Pvt Ltd. Discovery Offices architect is an Indian famous architect firm Hafeez Contractor who is also its structural engineers. Nirmal Construction Pvt Ltd has made a contract with Discovery Communications to construct one of India's first supertall skyscrapers to achieve a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Platinum rating for environmental sustainability.[8] It is one of the India's Most Eco-Friendly Design supertall Building.[9] It is the tallest building in Mulund and also the tallest building in Eastern Suburbs (Mumbai) under construction and when completed. It has a total height of 205 m and a total floor area of 1700000 sqft. The construction started on the begin early in 1 March 2011 and is estimated to complete on 1 March 2015. The Discovery Offices towers has a normally ceiling height of 4 m. Its first 10 floors will be used as Car Parking floors, and the remaining 40 floors from 11th floor to 50th floor will be used as commercial office and ground will be used as a grand lobby and for other spaces. It will house a total unit of 470 office units, which will range from 570 sqft 25000 sqft. The total cost of the Discovery Offices towers is estimated is around Template:INRConvert.

The Discovery Offices towers has amenities like Discovery gym with steam/sauna, landscape garden with jogging track, conference halls, mini food court, 24x7 security, etc.[10] It also has eco-friendly design features solar energy for common area, rainwater harvesting, waste water treatment, large windows for natural light, potable water in taps, etc.[11]

Eco-friendly design features

The design of the building makes it environmentally friendly, using technologies such as floor-to-ceiling insulated glazing to contain heat and maximize natural light, and an automatic daylight dimming system. The tower also features a greywater system, which captures rainwater for reuse. Nirmal Construction Pvt Ltd. states that the building is made largely of recycled and recyclable materials. Air entering the building is filtered, as is common, but the air exhausted is cleaned as well. The Discovery Offices Building is one of the first supertall in India to achieve a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Platinum rating for environmental sustainability a Platinum (LEED) Certification from Green Building Council.

The Discovery Offices Building is constructed using a concrete manufactured with slag, a byproduct of blast furnaces. The mixture used in the tower concrete is 55% cement and 45% slag. The use of slag cement reduces damage to the environment by decreasing the amount of cement needed for the building, which in turn lowers the amount of carbon dioxide greenhouse gas produced through the normal cement manufacturing process. Each ton of regular cement produced creates about one ton of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Temperature control and the production of some of its energy are accomplished in an environmentally friendly manner for the tower. Insulated glazing reduces thermal loss, lowering energy consumption and increasing transparency. Carbon dioxide sensors signal increased fresh air ventilation when elevated levels of carbon dioxide are detected in the building. Conditioned air for the occupants is provided by multiple air column units located in the tenant space that deliver 50 °F air into a raised access floor plenum. This underfloor air system provides users with the ability to control their own space temperature as well as improving the ventilation effectiveness. When building churn occurs, workstation moves can be performed more easily with lower cost and less product waste. The cooling system produces and stores ice during off-peak hours, and allows the ice to melt to help cool the building during peak load, similar to the ice batteries in the 1995 Hotel New Otani in Tokyo, Japan. Ice batteries have been used since absorption chillers first made ice commercially available 150 years ago, before the invention of the electric light bulb.

Water conservation features in the tower include waterless urinals, which are estimated to save 8000000 gal of water per year and reduce CO2 emissions by 144000 lb per year. The tower has a 4.6-megawatt cogeneration plant, which provides part of the base-load energy requirements. Onsite power generation reduces the significant electrical transmission losses that are typical of central power production plants. Some of its other Eco-Friendly Design Features include's Solar energy for common area, Rain water harvesting, Waste water treatment, Large windows for natural light, Potable water in taps, etc.[12]

Construction

Discovery Offices construction started on 1 March 2011 and is estimated to complete on 1 March 2015. Its architect design was changed two times before coming to the finale design. But as of 2013 it was scheduled to complete on 1 March, 2016 a delay caused due to local authorities and technical problems.

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References

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  2. "About Discovery Offices". projectsjugaad. http://www.projectsjugaad.com/2012/09/nirmal-discovery-office-project/. 
  3. "Nirmal Lifestyle Limited has enters into a first of its kind licensing pact with Discovery Channel to launch Discovery branded Eco friendly realty in India with the Launch of the Discovery Offices in Mulund Mumbai,India.". pubarticles. http://articles.pubarticles.com/mulund-discovery-commercial-project-nirmal-lifestyle-discovery-commercial-property-1303992877,155047.html. 
  4. "Nirmal Lifestyle Ltd., India's leading Real Estate Company, today entered into an exclusive licensing agreement with Discovery Enterprises International (DEI) – a division of Discovery Communications, the world's number one non-fiction media company.". accommodationtimes. http://www.accommodationtimes.com/real-estate-news/nirmal-lifestyle-enters-agreement-with-discovery-to-introduce-green/. 
  5. "The floor plans of the Discovery Offices Buildings.". realtyminister. http://www.realtyminister.com/project/206/mumbai/mulundw/discovery-offices. 
  6. "The city-based real estate player Nirmal Lifestyle today said it has drawn up a $10 billion (Rs 47,000 crore) investment plan over the next decade with the Launch of the Discovery Offices.". http://www.business-standard.com/article/companies/nirmal-lifestyle-mulls-10-bn-capex-over-a-decade-110052600166_1.html. 
  7. "Location of the Discovery Offices Building". iproperty. http://mumbai.iproperty.com/search/search_detail/45467-Commercial-Office-Space-at-Mulund-West-from-Nirmal-Lifestyle.html. 
  8. "Nirmal Lifestyle Limited has enters into a first of its kind licensing pact with Discovery Channel to launch Discovery branded Eco friendly realty in India with the Launch of the Discovery Offices in Mulund Mumbai,India.". pubarticles. http://articles.pubarticles.com/mulund-discovery-commercial-project-nirmal-lifestyle-discovery-commercial-property-1303992877,155047.html. 
  9. "Nirmal Construction goes Green with the Discovery Offices towers". fountainhead2. http://www.fountainhead2.com/media.html. 
  10. "Discovery Offices:-About Us Amenities". nirmallifestyle. http://nirmallifestyle.com/NirmalDiscovery/amenities.php?ldm_campaign_id=4&ldm_banner_size=300x250&ldm_source_of_lead=Corporate. 
  11. "Discovery Offices:-About Us Specification". nirmallifestyle. http://nirmallifestyle.com/NirmalDiscovery/specification.php?ldm_campaign_id=4&ldm_banner_size=300x250&ldm_source_of_lead=Corporate. 
  12. "Discovery Offices eco-friendly features.". window2india. http://www.window2india.com/cms/property/w2i-nirmallifestyle.jsp.