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INDIA, Gohri Maphi, December, 2016                   
Hospice Construction Nears Completion
The "finishing" work of the Ganga Prem Hospice building picked up pace in the last month of 2016.

Interior wall painting was brought very near to completion on the second and first floors. Every room's distinct character has started to appear as one wall of each room is painted in a different vibrant colour. Ceiling LED lights and fans were fitted on two floors. The bathrooms saw the wash basins and water closets (WCs) in place on two floors.

 
   
A patients room with the painting completed
A patients room with the painting completed
Bathrooms near completion
Bathrooms near completion
   
The exteriors saw the stone-crete plaster going through a washing process to clean the cement and dust that had obscured the colours during construction. Column work for the shrine in the south side of the building was started. The mosaic design with cement and marble chips on the roof floor started to be laid. The laying of the walking tracks and paved roads inside the site progressed.

The fire safety and protection system work also started with pipes being laid around the building for access to the water tank.

Two borewells were dug at the site, one to enable the run-off from the roof-top water harvesting system to go into the ground for recharging of the water table, and another for the building’s water supply.

 
   
Dr Dewan on the Hospice roof
Dr Dewan on the Hospice roof
Front view of the Hospice building
Front view of the Hospice building
   
A site visit was done by Medical Director Dr AK Dewan on 24th December when he held a meeting with site supervisors, local consultant, and the contractors.
 


INDIA, Gohri Maphi, November, 2016         
Hospice Construction Progress
During the month of November construction crews focused on exterior work and window and door installation.

 
   
The Hospice boundary wall
The Hospice boundary wall
One of the guard cabins
One of the guard cabins
   
Masonry work progressed on all the hospice boundary walls, and the plastering work was completed on three out of the four walls. These walls are about nine feet tall and serve the purpose of providing both security and visual definition to the property. The brickwork for the ornamental front boundary wall was completed and prepared for final plastering. Earth compaction and back-fill was completed for the walking trail around the hospice. It is now ready for paving and landscaping. Some plinth protection work for the sewage treatment system was also done to guard against any potential water seepage.

Inside the building, the door and window work on the first and second floors was completed, and the fitting of LED lights inside the building was begun. Consultants finalized a plan for the installation of a fire safety system, and a geologist visited the site to assist with a proposal to equip the hospice with a rain-water harvesting system.

 

INDIA, Gohri Maphi, October, 2016    
Interior Work on Top Floors
Certain phases of construction came to a close this month at the Ganga Prem Hospice building site, while other activities, like interior design, were initiated. 

The festival season was in full swing across India during the month of October. The number of working days was curtailed as a result of the holidays, but work still continued at the Ganga Prem Hospice site during the month. The brickwork for the outdoor amphitheatre on the south side of the building was completed. Masons worked on plastering the front-side boundary wall, as well as the guard cabin nearby. The boundary wall will also have provision for lighting, for which electricity pipes were laid within the structure. A ramp was constructed at the front side of the building near the reception area to make entry and exit wheelchair-friendly. Plaster work on the planter boxes near the reception was also finished. When ready, the planter boxes will display ornamental flowers.

 
   
Fitting the window frames on the 1st floor
 Fitting the window frames on the 1st floor
Plastering the planter boxes
Plastering the planter boxes
   
On the first and second floors, interior finishing work continued. Taps and shower heads were fitted in the second floor bathrooms. On the second floor, which is sponsored by IFCI, the finishing work is nearing completion.

The door and window jamb work was completed on the BHEL-sponsored first floor, and the door and window frames were installed. The glass for the doors and windows will be inserted in the coming days.

In the second-week of October, the Hospice site was visited by a Delhi-based architect who has offered to design the interiors of the building free-of-charge for Ganga Prem.

 

INDIA, Gohri Maphi, September, 2016     
Stonecrete Façade Completed
The stonecrete plaster work for the exterior of the hospice building was completed in September. Work also continued on the interior of the building.

A team of four was working at the site to install the door and window frames. They started on the second floor which was almost completed by the end of the month. Preparations for painting continued on the first floor and the stairway.

 
   
Door and window frames being fitted
Door and window frames being fitted
Painters preparing the staircase walls
Painters preparing the staircase walls
   
Polishing of the kota stone floors and preparations for the painting of the interior walls also continued on the top two floors. The floor polishing team started to work on the first floor, after they had completed their job on the top floor. The sitting areas in the corridors and balconies received the finishing touches to their granite stone work.
 

Masons working on the amphitheatre
Masons working on the amphitheatre
At the exterior of the building, the front boundary wall work progressed and neared its end while the rear area of the Hospice saw brickwork for the amphitheatre being completed. When ready, the amphitheatre will allow for patients, carers and staff to congregate in the open air to watch or participate in cultural and spiritual activities.
 

The Hospice chief architect, Prof Yatin Pandya of Ahmedabad, visited the site in the middle of the month to assess the progress. A kitchen planning expert also visited the site to see how the kitchen equipment set-up could be done.
 


INDIA, Gohri Maphi, August, 2016   
Preparations for Interior Painting
August, which is the second month of the monsoon season, saw a lot of rain which sometimes held up exterior work, however works inside the building carried on as usual.

By the end of August 2016, the exterior stonecrete plaster was completed on nearly 75% of the facade at Ganga Prem Hospice inpatient facility in Gohri Maphi.

Inside, the second floor of the building is moving closer to completion. The floors are being polished and the interior walls are being prepared for painting. Painting on the iron railings has already commenced.
 

 
   
Painters preparing the inside walls for painting
Painters preparing the inside walls for painting
Kota stone flooring  being polished
Kota stone flooring  being polished
   
The switch board installation work on the second floor has been completed as has the granite work in the bathrooms plus the door and window jambs of all the rooms on that floor.

Work on the ornamental front boundary wall continued during August and is expected to be completed in September 2016.
 

INDIA, Gohri Maphi, July, 2016  
Stonecrete Plaster and Railing Work 
The month of July saw some very wet monsoon weather in Rishikesh. Despite the heavy rains construction work at the Ganga Prem Hospice site continued with the exterior stonecrete plaster work and the fixing of the iron railings around the building progressing well. 

 
     
The left side of the building had the stonecrete plaster work near completed both to its front and its back which faces Ganga Ji. The red balconies stand out nicely, contrasting with the grey stonecrete work on the rest of the exterior.


Stonecrete work on the 2nd floor sit-out wall
Stonecrete work on the front of the building
 


The iron railings were assembled for the building, and their installation was completed for the entire interior including balconies, corridors and the roof. The railings are especially important because they serve to support the sitting places that are provided in the corridors and on the rooftop of the Hospice for patients, carers and staff to enjoy the beautiful view of the Ganga river and the Himalayan footjills. The railings for the boundary walls will be installed next.  
   
Railing on balcony of a room
Railing on balcony of a room
Railings being fixed on the roof
Railings being fixed on the roof
   


The front boundary wall of the building saw its foundation work begin.  Designed by architect Prof. Yatin Pandya of FOOTPRINTS EARTH the compound wall is a unique and beautiful concept with structural pieces, plantations, lily ponds, sculptures, pedestals and seating areas.

The security cabin,on the extreme left of the boundary wall, had its brickwork completed during July 2016.

Within the building’s interior further electrical work was carried out with switchboards and switches being installed on the second floor. The granite stone work also progressed in the bathrooms.
The staircase has had a roof erected at the top of the stairwell to stop rainwater from coming down the steps.
 


INDIA, Gohri Maphi, June, 2016
Some Exterior Works Completed in June
Work on the exterior of the building continued in June and some of the tasks were completed by the end of the month

 
     
The exterior of the hospice started to take on its final shape in the last week of June 2016. Stonecrete plaster work was initiated on the side and back of the building with workers applying the stonecrete beginning at the top of the building and working their way down.



Stonecrete work on the 2nd floor sit-out wall
Stonecrete work on the 2nd floor sit-out wall
 


On the front exterior, the cavity wall work that had started in May was completion. The construction of the eight cavity walls of varying widths and a total height of around 250 feet, had to be closely coordinated with the work of a separate team who were installing outlet vents for the air conditioning.

Another job completed during the month was the sewage treatment (DEWATS) structure. The four-part plant had its last segment, the water storage tank, constructed in June.

The welding technicians continued to work on the iron railings for the terrace, balconies, and corridors. The stone work team also carried on with their work on the bathrooms and outer corridor walls.

 
   
The welding team at work on the 2nd floor
The welding team at work on the 2nd floor
Waterproofing being laid on the roof
Waterproofing being laid on the roof
   
Waterproofing on the roof was done by a special contract team over four days in the third week of June.  


INDIA, Gohri Maphi, May, 2016
Exterior work continued in May
Working on the exteriors and outdoors once again took precedent at the Ganga Prem Hospice construction site in May 2016.

The sewage water treatment plant (DEWATS) saw major work being done and completed on its various chambers. The 'plantation gravel filter' which is 20 metre long also had its brickwork, plaster and slab-casting completed. In the last week of May, work started on the water storage tank of the DEWATS structure, which will be the last component of the system.

 
   
The final chamber of the sewage system
The final chamber of the sewage system
Scaffolding erected for the façade plastering
Scaffolding erected for the façade plastering
   

Scaffolding was erected and plastering began on the exterior walls of the building.

The local population requested that a rain water drainage system to be created through the Ganga Prem Hospice site that would help their fields get rid of excess water during rains. The Hospice has built a 60-metre long piped passage for rainwater to safely exit the neighbouring fields.

The exterior cavity wall work that had started in the previous month had to be coordinated along with the work of an air conditioning vent team that started their job in the third week of May. A total number of eight cavity walls are being built on the North and north western front of the building.

In the interiors, the toilets continued to see the granite stone slabs being put on the walls and floors. Volunteer supervisor Mridul Dewan was at the site in the latter part of the month, coordinating site work with the contractor and civil engineer.

Donors came forward to contribute towards the fit-out of the Hospice. One happy accomplishment was that nearly all the ceiling fans needed for the East Wing were donated by two donors in Rishikesh and Dehradun.

 


INDIA, Gohri Maphi, April, 2016
Outdoor Work Takes Precedence in April
The month of April 2016 saw work progressing on the amphitheatre, on the filling in of the entire site to raise its surface to the level of the road, and on the sewage water treatment system (DEWATS) construction. The aim of the construction team is to complete the work on the outside of the building before the rains come, as inside work can continue even during the monsoon.  

The plastering and waterproofing of the chambers in the eight-chambered sewage treatment system was completed this month. The system will convert all waste water into reusable water for non-potable purposes. The next step is the casting of the slab, for which the iron bending and shuttering work was being done in the last days of April.

 
     
The security personnel cabin was constructed near the gate, and the Plinth Cement Concrete work done for the steps of the amphitheatre that is south of the building.

The construction of the cavity walls at the front of the building has been started. The walls will not only conceal the plumbing pipes but also provide insulation for climate control inside the Hospice.

Work going on outside the building
Work going on outside the building
 

     
The contractor’s son, Dr Dewan and Mridul on the roof
The contractor’s son, Dr Dewan and Mridul on the roof
GPH volunteer Mridul Dewan was deputed by the SCCT board to make two visits to the Gohri Maphi site where he spent almost two weeks helping to facilitate communications between the architect and the on- site team concerning the finishing stages of the construction. Mridul also provided the board with a detailed report on the progress and difficulties at the site.
 


INDIA, Gohri Maphi, March, 2016
Construction Work in the Finishing Stage
March saw the finishing stage continuing at the GPH inpatient construction site with electricity, plumbing, stone and tiling work going ahead.     

With the structural work for the entire East Wing of Ganga Prem Hospice facility completed, the finishing work began, including: application of wall putty, plumbing and electricity, fitting of granite door and window jambs, and laying of bathroom floors.

 
     
Application of wall putty was done on the second floor, which was the only floor where this work remained to be completed. The bathrooms of the same level saw flooring being laid with "Jalore Rosy Pink" stone from Rajasthan. 
Pink granite stacked for the bathrooms
Pink granite stacked for the bathrooms
 
     
Alcove seats
Alcove seats
On the first and second floors of the building, black granite windows and door jambs were inserted while the alcoves on the ground floor corridor had the same stone placed as seats and back-rests.
 
     
The exterior areas of the site saw the sewage management system - DEWATS - being constructed. The system has a total of eight chambers. The columns and walls of these were erected, and plastering done. The fundamental design of the system has been made by the Centre of Science and Environment, Delhi.
Decentralised Waste water System
 Decentralised Waste water System
 
     

While the DEWATS system will be covered by a lawn in front of the building, the area at the back of the facility will have an amphitheatre with seating and a small temple. The layout of the amphitheatre and filling in of the lower areas of the garden continued.





INDIA, Gohri Maphi, February, 2016
Construction Team Finalise Future Work Plans
In the month of February, 2016, construction work progressed simultaneously on all the three floors of the East Wing of Ganga Prem Hospice.

 
     
Electric wiring, plumbing and kota stone flooring were completed on all three levels. The common toilets on the ground floor began to get a finished look as floor and wall tiles were put in place. Black granite surfaces were fixed in the door and window jambs of the ground floor and the kitchen also had granite surfaces put in place.
Excavation of the waste management pit
Stone mason at work
 
     
Stone mason at work
Excavation of the waste management pit
The site development work picked up pace as the low-lying area of the site was filled in with earth and the outlines of the amphitheatre behind the building started to become visible.  The excavation for the sewage management system also progressed.   
     
February saw visits to the site by the chief architect, Prof Yatin Pandya on the 27th of February, and by Medical Director, Dr AK Dewan, on the 28th of February. Two meetings with the architect enabled many points about the finishing work and fixtures and the front boundary wall design to be discussed and plans finalized.
Meeting of the construction team
Meeting of the construction team
 
     

INDIA, Gohri Maphi, January, 2016
January: Construction Work Picks Up Pace
With a change of construction contractor, the hospice building work picked up again in January 2016. Different teams of workers worked on each floor to speed up the work.

The flooring work of the first and second floors was brought to near completion. The plumbing and electrical work of the same floors was also ninety-five percent complete. The second floor of the East Wing saw the plastering of the internal walls being almost finished. A parapet to serve as seating was completed on the roof of the building

 
   
Electricians at work on the ground floor
Electricians at work on the ground floor
The parapet being constructed on the roof
The parapet being constructed on the roof
   

The Ganga Prem Hospice medical director, Dr AK Dewan, visited the site on 30th January, 2016, inspecting the work going on, giving suggestions, and holding a meeting with the contractor. The architect Prof Yatin Pandya’s team in the meanwhile continued to work to provide further working drawings for the ongoing work.

The first two floors of the east wing are being sponsored by BHEL and the top floor by IFCI.





 
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