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New Pta headquarters for department

03 Apr 2009
The Department of Health's new environmentally-friendly headquarters in Pretoria's CBD is being constructed at a cost of R580m.

The contactors' work has entailed a complete refurbishment of the 30-storey Civitas building – which was originally built in 1971 and has housed the Department of Home Affairs – as well as the construction of a new nine-storey office tower alongside it.

"The refurbished Civitas building and the new office tower feature glass facades. In addition to giving the old structure a modern new look, these glass 'curtain walls' are also designed to make the buildings more energy efficient," says Graeme Jones, contracts director at Grinaker-LTA Building Inland.

"The glass curtain walls comprise sealed, insulated glass units consisting of specialised inner and outer glass panels with an airspace in between them. These units are designed to improve natural lighting in the office areas while simultaneously reducing solar heat build-up within the buildings, resulting in decreased lighting and air-conditioning energy requirements. With SA's building regulations under review with the aim of reducing energy demand from industry by 15% in 2015, the new Civitas buildings' energy-efficient features are particularly noteworthy," Jones says.

The project will be completed later this month.

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