KEF Infra, the infrastructure arm of the Singapore-based KEF Holdings, delivered India’s first wholly factory-made residential project called “MeridiYEN” to Yenepoya University of Mangaluru. The project, comprising three 8-storey residential buildings covering an area of 1 lakh sq.ft, was completed in record nine months, using novel construction technology that helps significantly reduce the duration of construction. Conventional construction methods could have taken between 24 and 36 months to complete a project of similar size.
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The complex for staff and students, comprising 96 apartments, with each floor featuring 12 two-bedroom units, was completely designed, pre-engineered and manufactured at KEF Infra One Industrial Park in Krishnagiri in Tamil Nadu. The state-of-the-art facilities is the only plant in the world to design, pre-engineer and manufacture every element of a building, which include wall panels, hollow core slabs, bathrooms, facades, windows, doors etc. at a single location.
Faizal E. Kottikollon, Founder-Chairman of KEF Holdings, handed over the complex to Yenepoya Abdulla Kunhi, Chancellor of Yenepoya University, recently. On the occasion, Kottikollon said, “This complex is made using offsite technology in its entirety. All elements of the buildings were manufactured at KEF Infra One Industrial Park in Krishnagiri, which, once completed in December this year, will be the world’s largest integrated facility for offsite construction.”
KEF’s team meticulously planned the construction schedule of the project. The task involved the transportation of the fully finished prefabricated elements from KEF Infra One to the site office at Yenepoya University Campus in Mangalore. The project’s 208 bathrooms were fully prefabricated, inclusive of all mechanical, electrical and plumping works, sanitary wares, tiling and fittings. Innovative graphic concrete technology from Finland was used for the facade.