The Reliance Learning & Development Centre is a state-of-the-art facility that provides training for the future leaders of one of India’s largest corporations. The project is located on the southeast corner of the 500 acre Reliance Corporate Park, under a backdrop of tree-lined hills.
The L-shaped building is organized around a large, triangular plaza. An outdoor amphitheater occupies the southwest corner of the site, where a 1000-seat auditorium is planned in the future. The site and building organization provide an ideal setting for collaboration and learning.
A five-story classroom and training wing is positioned on the north side of the site. A regular grid standardizes planning modules and provides long-term flexibility. Projecting boxes on the south façade express the interior training function. The top floor has community rooms and faculty lounges, as well as a large roof terrace.
A double-height meeting and exhibition wing is positioned along the east side of the site. Long span steel trusses allow for several large, flexible spaces. The trusses are concealed in sculptural light monitors, which bring diffused daylight deep into the building. Landscaped courtyards further enhance natural daylight penetration and provide opportunities to relax between meetings.
The exterior material palette is composed of local stone, metal, glass and wood finish panels. Stone planes, boxes and bands organize the various components of the building into a cohesive whole. Lobbies and primary circulation spines are expressed in glass and afford views out to the central plaza.
The Reliance Learning and Development Centre project has been certified LEED NC 2009 Gold by the USGBC. We were able to achieve a reduction of 53% of energy from the baseline. We were also able to achieve 29% reduction is lighting power density and 24% water use reduction.
The building design, orientation, use of high performance glazing , district cooling, shading devices, screens, overhangs, courtyards, optimum window to wall ratio, LED lighting, controllability of systems, access to daylight, skylights, occupancy sensors, daylight sensors etc. integrated into a building management system enabled us to achieve this reduction in energy.
The reduction in lighting power density was due to the use of LED lights, skylights, optimum window to wall ratio, occupancy sensors and daylight sensors.
The campus wide network for rainwater harvesting, gray water recycling, water efficient landscaping and use of low flow fixtures gave us the 24% reduction in water use.
All the materials specified were low emitting and locally available materials. The backup walls were AAC blocks and the glazing selected was optimum for the cooling dominated climate. We also provided operable windows for natural ventilation.
The Reliance Learning and Development Centre achieves a 53% energy reduction from the baseline and a 29% lighting power density reduction. In addition to the solar control and daylighting strategies noted above, the building incorporates high-performance glazing, district cooling, solar thermal, LED lighting, system controls and occupancy / daylight sensors that are integrated into a building management system.
Predicted EUI in kBtu/sf/yr excluding on-site renewable energy contribution
224 kWh/sm/yr(19.72 kBtu/sf/yr)
Predicted EUI in kBtu/sf/yr including on-site renewable energy contribution (carbon offsets will not be counted)
224 kWh/sm/yr(19.72 kBtu/sf/yr)
Predicted % regional energy reduction per Energy Star Target Finder
This is project is located in a 400 acre corporate park. The park is connected to the city by buses and also a train line. There are shuttles to move people around the 400 acre campus and so parking is minimized at the building.
Majority of the materials were locally sourced. We also selected low VOC low emitting materials. We specified PVC free materials and avoided chemicals on our precautionary list.