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Construction Week: Build Them Large: An Interview with Rishad Khergamwala

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Construction Week: Build Them Large: An Interview with Rishad Khergamwala

What are some of the noticeable changes in the Indian real estate market? How would you say you have met all the challenges?
Rishad Khergamwala: The residential real estate market has been inundated with projects that are more product centric and less customer centric. MAIA was founded in 2016 with a focus on delivering to each customer a world-class experience, through functional design, intense planning, technology, an undying commitment to quality, timely execution and the highest standards of corporate governance and transparency.  With sustainable development at the heart of what we do, our endeavour has always been to comprehensively imbibe a different set of rules and values through our work, and represent a new India.

The challenge was finding the optimum balance between sustainability and design. Also, given the shape of the land parcel and the project’s biggest USP – the lake views – the other challenge was to provide maximum view for any floor plan.

We tried to overcome the challenges by providing dignified housing to on-site workers, thereby focusing on the upliftment of society. Initiatives like zero water & sewage discharge systems, and organic waste converter help provide a recharging habitat for the environment, while features such as double-glazed performance glass in the development reduce heat gain.

Please detail some new age materials trending today, and used in this project.
RK: Social and environmental consciousness is one of the core values of MAIA Estates LLP. All our sites have incorporated sustainable materials to promote the ‘reduce-reuse-recycle’ lifestyle.

Pelican Grove was designed by use of sustainable materials as follows:
*High performance texture paint
*All aluminium windows are made from performance, double glazed glass which provide thermal conservation properties
*AAC blocks used for walls. This reduces solid waste by 30% and greenhouse gas emissions by 50%
*Solar panels on the roof produces energy for common areas
*Skineer wall is used in clubhouse, which is a sustainable material
*Corten steel used in the entrance as it requires minimal painting
*At MAIA, we believe in sustainable development. Amidst unpredictable climatic conditions and depletion of natural resources, our approach is: To See Change, We Must Change!.

What are challenges that you face during execution?
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hanmukh Bingera: Considering we were right in the middle of our construction cycle, and the country went into lockdown, our biggest challenge was to take care of our labour and meet timelines. Apart from that, site challenges like leading huge windows of 4.8m in size across different elevations without hoist, lift, etc. was part of our daily troubleshooting, in order to fulfil our promise at Pelican Grove. 

What gives you an edge as a Schueco partner?
SB: The technical support and speedy solutions Schueco provides throughout the cycle. Schueco products offer tested and proven system technology combined with customisations and applications. 

Which type of residential projects gives you the greatest sense of accomplishment?
SB: We enjoy working in an urban context – residential towers, due to the client willingness to explore different possibilities of spans and typologies. It’s fulfilling to take cues from the site and from the client and to showcase the inspirational versions of fenestration.

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