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Non-residential bldgs of CUG’s new campus to use ‘Confined Masonry’ technique

Central University of Gujarat (CUG) which is one among the several new Central Universities started from the academic year 2009, plans to have its own new campus. More importantly, non-residential buildings of the proposed campus will use ‘Confined Masonry.’ Currently, the University is functioning from the premises at Sector 29, Gandhinagar. A new permanent campus is to be established on 100 acres of land near village Kundhela, Taluka Dabhoi, District Vadodara.

Confined masonry is a technology that, if built correctly, performs very well in earthquakes. It uses the same basic materials of concrete and brick that are found in unreinforced masonry construction and in reinforced concrete frame construction with masonry infills, but with a different construction sequence and system. In confined masonry construction, the masonry walls carry the seismic loads and the concrete is used to confine the walls. This is in contrast to RC frame buildings with infills where the concrete frames need to carry the load. Those buildings are much more complex to design and build, and often perform very poorly in earthquakes. The bottom line is that well-constructed confined masonry buildings have been observed to incur little or no damage in moderate to even severe earthquakes.

The Master Plan of the campus is to be developed to address the needs of 2500 students in the first instance and depending on its requirements; subsequent phase may comprise 4000 students in about 15-20 years.

The university is currently in the process of appointing an architectural consultant for the project. “In an Architectural Consultant, we are looking for a partner in our pursuit for excellence, who will be our friend, philosopher, heritage advisor and guide in Campus Development for decades ahead,” says Rama Shanker Dubey, the Vice Chancellor of CUG.

The consultants are free to explore various structural systems suited to their Architectural design. However, construction of non-Residential buildings, as mentioned earlier, may be designed in “confined masonry”. Further, a maximum of 4 storeys confined masonry construction is preferred.

Also, buildings should be climatically responsive / energy efficient with passive design features for creating better comfort conditions and reducing the energy requirements. Creating year-round thermal comfort conditions is especially critical for Hostels.

“Low energy and resource consumption with minimum maintenance and easy up keeping of physical assets aiming higher GRIHA rating,” says the VC while mentioning main characteristics expected of the proposed structures.

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