Tahmina Kindergarten School

As part of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives, MDM Architects recently rebuilt Tahmina Kindergarten School in Khulna. The school is situated in Madinabad under Labanchora area of Khulna Shipyard. The school was established in the year 2003 but had some makeshift classrooms. The renovated classrooms will certainly encourage more infants to get admission in this school and make themselves prepare for a better future. The new classrooms will be ready for occupation from January 2016.

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Opening of New Crash Rescue and Fire Station Facility in Tribhuban International Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal

The new crash rescue and fire station facility was opened in Tribhuban International Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal on 29th September 2015. the project was managed by United States Army Core of Engineers (USACE). The structural design was done by MDM Architects on behalf of C.B.C. (Concern) Co. (Pvt) Ltd. The principal of MDM Architects Mr. Ahmed Mukta was present in the inauguration ceremony.

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TUTH Blood Center after Nepal earthquake

Just over one year since it opened, the Kathmandu blood bank centre for the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH), has been put to the test with the recent earthquakes in Nepal.

The facility has the capacity to supply 75% of the medical facilities & hospitals of Kathmandu Valley.

The blood center is working 24/7 in full swing to support injured ones. The building structure withstood the earthquake and subsequent aftershocks.

The state-of-the-art facility features a component separator, enabling blood packs to be divided according to requirement, allowing more people to be treated and supporting the work of nearby hospitals.

Designed by Mukta Dinwiddie MacLaren to withstand an impact of up to 8.4 on the Richter scale, we are pleased to report the facility continues to function as it was intended and has been a vital support in this time of crisis.

Canadian Recreation Club Exterior Uplifted

Canadian High Commission recently appointed MDM Architects for uplifting the exterior wall of their recreation club. MDM designed and was involved in project management of the work. The job has been completed successfully within December 2014. The exterior wall of the the recreation club now has the same color of the Chancery building. To avoid any moisture accumulation inside the wall, vapour barrier, rain screen and weep vents were imported and placed first before constructing the wall.

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Give Blood Save Life

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The first blood bank centre in Kathmandu, Nepal, was officially opened on 15 April 2014 at the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital (TUTH).

The facility, which has the capacity to supply 75% of the medical facilities & hospitals of Kathmandu Valley, is is an essential step in safeguarding the city’s infrastructure and its population in case of a major emergency.  The new building is seismically-resilient and, built to local and international building codes, designed to withstand the impact of up to 8.4 on the Richter scale.

This essential facility, opened by Mr Khagraj Adhikari, the Nepalese Health & Population Minister, was made possible by funding from the United States Government, represented at the opening by Peter W Bodde, the US Ambassador to Nepal.

Mukta Dinwiddie MacLaren were appointed as “design & build” contractor and the construction was executed by the US Army Corps of Engineers.

For Safe Coast

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The Coastal Crisis Management Centres (CCMC) project is the first project of its type in Bangladesh.  With a total of 30 centres being constructed, the project will cover the entire coastal belt area of Bangladesh, providing much needed emergency shelter to remote communities.

These buildings will, under normal operation, serve as control centres for the Bangladesh Coast Guard.  They have been designed with essential equipment, store and communication facilities to also be used in the event of natural disaster, and can provide temporary accommodation for up to 1000 people.  These structures, designed to international building standards, are seismically resilient and built to withstand the impact of up to 7.5 on the Richter scale.

This “design & build” project by Mukta Dinwiddie MacLaren has been funded by the United States Government under their Humanitarian Assistance Programme, and executed by the United States Army Corps of Engineers, Alaska District.

Building Bridges

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The AdLam Bridge, located in Gulshan Park, was designed and built by Mukta Dinwiddie MacLaren Architects as the first of many Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects.  The bridge was funded by MDM as a gift to the residents and visitors of Gulshan, the diplomatic & residential district of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

The bridge was opened on 11 March 2013 by His Excellency Robert Gibson, The British High Commissioner to Bangladesh.

Schools with Shelter Facilities

Multi Purpose Cyclone Shelter/School (MPCS) Buildings are used as school all over the year but will be used as rehabilitation centres during any the disastrous weather condition.

These buildings are usually in the form of ‘L’ shaped and ‘I’ shaped. There are class rooms and teacher rooms for school uses. Building includes first aid room and special care room for pregnant women. Usually wide staircases are placed centrally to avoid any hazard in the event of disaster. Approximately 10 feet wide corridors are used for people movement. MPCS buildings were designed to be powered by electricity (subject to availability) and has solar system backup for the event of power failure. Buildings are facilitated with rain water recycling systems.

MDM completed the following MPCS projects since 2010:

2010-  one project (Kutupalong) in Cox’s-bazaar district

2011-2012- four projects (Hawalkhali, Kashipur, Goalkhali, Bhatshala) in Shatkhira district and two projects (Shadhonpur, Sonadanga) in Naogaon district

2014-2015- five more projects (Badurtoli, Sudirpur, Dakkhin Gaitala, Chhoto Bagi, Madhabkhali) in Patuakhali and Barisal district are under construction.

Supplying jeans to the world

The garment sector in Bangladesh is the second biggest in the world. It is the highest export earner for the country by an order of magnitude than any other sector.

The new NHT factory of Pacific Jeans Group is the biggest jeans manufacturer in Bangladesh and possibly in the world.

The building was designed for NHT Fashion Limited to comprise both factory and offices for management and design teams. There were a number of specialized design requirements for this building and MDM successfully integrated these into their designs and gave the client much more than the brief.

The new NHT factory is in Chittagong Export Processing Zone (EPZ). This is the business capital of Bangladesh

This new factory building will have all the features of a good factory and more….

The steel structure building has 8 floors plus basement, 4,000 square meters on each floor. Each floor has lots of natural light, ventilation, and shading. The external cladding and the multi layer wall structure ensure minimal transmitted heat to the work areas. The windows have Ultra Violet (UV) cutout film.

Each floor is being lit using LED tube lights, and all the wiring is via Bus-bar trunking, which minimizes fire risks and overheating. This is very important as fires kill factory workers on a regular basis.

Rain water harvesting from the roof is being used in addition to treated ground water for washing garments, cars and flushing toilets. The roof will have shade and planting to keep the building cool and provide workers with rest and respite space. The ground is being landscaped with low maintenance plantation, and paved areas kept to a minimum.

The factory has its own onsite power generation capacity using a gas fired generator with a ‘co-generation’ kit that will increase the generator’s efficiency to very respectable figures. The washing plant water is being pre-heated using the waste heat from the generator. Ten percent of the onsite generation capacity will be generated from solar panels.

It has international standard of fire safety with sprinkler system throughout the building, five separate staircases to quickly evacuate, and intumescent paint on the steel members to ensure the right fire rating.

The job is scheduled to be complete by December 2014.