The Punjab Forest Department has constructed a state-of-the-art “Forest Complex” in a 2-acre plot in Mohali with all modern amenities. The Complex has been designed and constructed in the form of five aesthetically appealing inter-connected Towers (RCC structure with attractive Aluminium Composite Panel / DGU’s of High Performance Glass on Façade). The aerial view of the complex appears in the form of a Tortoise. The 100’ high building has been constructed at a cost of Rs.61 crores (inclusive of interiors, furniture, and fixtures). It is 8 storey building with covered area of 1,51,385 sq. ft.
The Salient Features of this Complex which has been designed and constructed on energy efficiency principles include: Large and attractive (open to sky) Central Courtyard with 40’ high waterfall; High Window to wall ratio for maximizing natural light, Solar Water Heating, Sensor Taps, Rain Water Harvesting, Addressable Fire.
Detection System, “Switches Free” Building with all lights and A.C’s controlled through 650 occupancy/ LUX level sensors; 100% Power Backup; Green rated construction materials; Servo Stabilized Power; Modern Glass Elevators; fully Networked Building with Voice/ Data connectivity through Customized Access Points and Computerized LT Panel with automatic switchover to DG’s on power outage.
All the offices of the Punjab Forest Department and Punjab State Forest Development Corporation (PSFDC) which were earlier scattered at different locations in Chandigarh and Mohali have been shifted into three out of the five Towers. The other two Towers have been rented out to the General Administration Department of the State Government which has allotted the available space to various Boards, Tribunals, and Corporations of the State Government.
It is noteworthy that the State Government had sufficient funds to complete the construction of only 3 Towers which were enough to meet the requirements of all the wings of the Forest Department/ PSFDC. However, in a revolutionary departure from conventional planning, it was decided to complete the construction of all 5 Towers by taking a loan of Rs.20 crores from HUDCO and rent out the extra 2 Towers for payback of loan and meeting O & M costs. This innovative model has worked very successfully in making the building self-sustainable and meeting all the expenses and other O & M costs.