Health department’s refurbished head office will be energy efficient

Engineering News
March 30, 2009

The Department of Health would soon take occupation of its newly refurbished, and energy efficient headquarters in the Pretoria’s [South Africa] central business district, as contractor Grinaker-LTA said it neared completion of the R580-million [$60.8 million] project.

The project, which would be handed over in April, was a joint venture between Grinaker-LTA and black economic-empowerment firm Keren Kula construction, and comprised a complete refurbishment of the 30-story Civitas building (originally built in 1971) and construction of a nine-story office tower alongside it.

Both the refurbished Civitas building and the new office tower feature glass facades, which, as well as giving the old structure a modern look, the glass “curtain walls” were also designed to make the buildings more energy efficient, according to a March 30 report in Engineering News.

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