Ramboll India’s Buildings team has been appointed as the structural consultant for the construction of Amazon India’s headquarters, which will be based at Gachibowli in Hyderabad, the capital of southern India's Telangana state.
The building, which is planned to be 70-metres high, will span across 3,500,000 square feet. It will broadly comprise of two towers - North Tower and South Tower - which will be connected at all levels with a three-bay overlap. The South tower will be house to a double height entrance lobby at the ground floor. The first floor at South Tower will also be a double height floor consisting of areas for recreation and wellness. The Headquarters will have two basements, four parking levels and 14 typical floors.
“During the initial discussions, Ramboll had proposed the expansion of the joints between the two towers to cater to the temperature loads,” says Satish Shankar Hawal, Team Leader, Civil and Structural Engineering. But, Amazon, after revisiting their scope of work, asked Ramboll’s team to look at the possibility of eliminating the joints as they were worried about maintenance and operational issues. Based on their inputs, Ramboll did a number of iterations in coordination with the architect and avoided the provision of the expansion joint by taking advantage of three-bay overlap, which was welcomed by Amazon.
Speaking on the uniqueness of the project, Satish notes that compared to other regular projects, the controlling factors in the Amazon project are different. “There is primarily a need to control the serviceability limits. To cater for this requirement, we have provided a number of options to limit, control and finalize the options after receiving accord of all level reviewers.”