HOPE CENTRE Facilities
The Human and Organizational Potential Enhancement Centre (HOPE Centre) of the CCDB provides the physical, technical and human resources for capacity building among the many development actors in Bangladesh. The Centre’s 7 acre campus, at an hour’s drive away from the city or 40 minutes away from the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport offers following core facilities:
- 4 Class Rooms, each seating 30-35 participants and 12 smaller group-discussion rooms
- A good library with space for study and research and skill development
- Seminar room for 40 to 80 participants, including catering service, for trainees and third parties
- Audio-visual Presentation Theater for 60-80 persons
- Residential Accommodation for 90 participants, in single and 2-seater rooms
- Dinning and Recreation facility for all.
- Small Chapel / Meditation hall.
- Faculty accommodation in bed-sitter rooms.
The tranquil, meditative and learning environment of the campus, with fully equipped facilities, dedicated teaching staff with grass-root level experience in participatory programs, welcomes all who share a social and economic development agenda for the poor.
Environment Friendly Campus:
The HOPE Centre project attempts to demonstrate through innovative design approach and application of lessons learned in the Cost Effective and Environment Friendly (CEEF) construction technology a new road map for user friendly buildings, environment friendly construction and reduction of cost. This is the first major application of CEEF technology in Bangladesh, which has been familiar in many parts of the world, and specially in India. Through collaboration of Indian and Bangladeshi architects and experts the technology has been further explored towards sustainability in a tropical climate as well as greater conservation and cost saving measures. The novel features embodied in the construction are as follows:
- Earth Wall Construction: All structural and partition walls are made of stabilized earth blocks. Earth for the blocks have been excavated from site, mixed with minimum quantity of sand and cement and pressed into blocks by hand-driven press. The earth blocks are laid in clay mortar of similar mix to form the walls.
- The outside walls are finished with mud plaster, mixed with organic fiber and bitumen, rendering them shrinkage and water-resistant.
- Cost of concrete floor slabs have been reduced by brick fillers in non-stress portions, thereby reducing both dead weight and reinforcement.
- Use of rapidly diminishing and costly timber for door frames has been eliminated by substitution with sheet metal frames, an innovation, which reduces cost substantially, and eliminates maintenance. Aluminum windows have been used throughout the building, as being cheaper than steel or timber windows and yet having good standard quality.
- All through the buildings terracotta tiles have been used, which are attractive, culturally compatible and less expensive than other material options of similar standard.
- All outside surfaces (both walls and roofing have been treated with weather resistant additives which have stood out in the most rigorous trials against elements.
In terms of Innovative design Approach, environmental sensitivity and judicious employment of resources, the HOPE CENTRE sets following benchmarks:
- Introduces the CEEF technology in Bangladesh through collaboration of architects and expert s from India and Bangladesh. It provides hands on experience in the technology, providing necessary skill development in planning, management and workforce, and a ground for field test.
- Provides substantial saving in building cost (up to 30% saving without compromise of standard). At BDT. 523 per square feet (USD 93.0 per square meter) it reduces development cost of projects.
- Lessens energy-consumption for production and transportation of building materials, conserving energy, reducing pollution and saving depleting natural resources.
- Provides more comfortable and aesthetically acceptable structures within a larger affordability base.
• Expands employment opportunity in construction sector at local levels through easily learnable skill.