New Delhi: The buildings business of Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has set a record by constructing the 7-storey, state-of-the-art Flight Control System (FCS) Integration Facility for the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) in just 45 days using Integrated Hybrid Modular Construction Technology (IHMCT). The facility was inaugurated on March 17, 2022, by Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in presence of Chief Minister of Karnataka Basavaraj Bommai, Department of Defence R&D's Secretary & DRDO Chairman Dr G Satheesh Reddy and other dignitaries.
"This facility shows that India can build anything in a short time," praised Dr Reddy, adding that while the concept and technical design was developed by DDRO and detailed engineering and execution by L&T, teams from IIT-Madras & IIT-Roorkee conducted design checks and provided technical support.
Significant development to modernize and enhance the strategic capabilities of the Indian Defence, the facility is the result of L&T's unique integrated off-site and on-site construction approach. "We adopted IHMCT, used for the first time in the Indian construction industry, to substantially reduce the cycle time with a dedicated team of engineers, architects and structural designers who have worked on it to make it a success," remarked Whole Time Director & Senior Executive Vice President (Buildings) of L&T M Satish. "We commenced the project on February 1st, 2022, and completed the superstructure including modular interiors, facade and MEP exactly on schedule on March 17th, 2022, taking just 45 days from design to delivery," he added.
The constructed on a total built-up area of 130,000 sq. feet, the site team had to coordinate with 21 off-site locations to integrate design, structure, architecture, and MEP services. Going forward, this hybrid construction system developed by L&T will help increase productivity, optimise resource utilisation, reduce losses due to wastage and speed up the pace of construction.