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Geometric Expands Operations
eometric Software Solutions Ltd. inaugurated its second development centre in Pune on 21 October, 2003 amid fanfare and excitement. The centre was inaugurated by Jamshyd N. Godrej, Chairman, and the Board of Directors. The ceremony was attended by a large number of employees from Pune and Mumbai along with their families. It was a day of great pride for all Geometricians!
The new centre, built with an investment of approximately Rs. 20 crores, has a total built-up area of about 68,750 square feet. Built in the shape of a pyramid, the centre can accommodate 550 professionals and was completed over a period of one year.
The new centre will provide a wide range of facilities to employees of Geometric: a tennis court, basketball court, larger conference rooms, training rooms, additional parking space, etc. The layout of the workplaces gives a feeling of openness. The centre also has additional server rooms and lab rooms. Further, a block-wise access control system has been designed, which will provide a developer access only to the area designated for the customer he/she serves.
Interestingly, the pyramid design has several mystical properties. The building’s unique architecture provides a lot of interesting differences from floor to floor where the area of usable space, quality of light and shape changes dramatically. For example, while the fifth floor’s configuration is perfect for meeting rooms and training rooms, the ground floor’s wide spaces are perfect for optimum workstation placement.
The original design brief for the entire project was the use of basic geometric shapes to match Geometric’s corporate image. The initial plan was to create two hexagonal buildings to be built in two phases. However, while the first hexagon served its purpose very well, it was decided that the shape was not immediately apparent unless viewed from above. This prompted us to look at more obvious geometric shapes for the second building leading to the pyramid-shaped design.
The pyramid shape required the use of several unique construction techniques. Laser measures were used to determine the exact slope of the walls, maintaining a constant angle of 53.13 degrees. The incline demanded stepped scaffolding and reduced shuttering. Since columns could not go all the way up to the top of the structure, a lot of the floors are cantilevered. The central core staircase and lift terminate at the apex.
Sandeep Kulkarni, Productivity Services