A Wi-Fi enabled environment, state-of-the-art classrooms, extensively landscaped grounds with tree cover, lush theme gardens, water features, leisure and recreation facilities, and, to top it all, a 22-metre-high gallery that affords a breathtaking view of the Western Ghats on one side and the Arabian Sea on the other.
The sprawling new campus of the Asian School of Business (ASB) coming up at Pallipuram, on the Thiruvananthapuram-Kollam stretch of National Highway 47, promises to make learning a new experience.
Designed to be a Green Building complex and campus, the school boasts a range of eco-friendly, energy-efficient, and water-saving features and high-tech facilities.
The 75-seat gallery-style classrooms and the 250-seat seminar hall are equipped with audiovisual equipment and videoconferencing facilities. that make it possible to hold virtual sessions.
One of the highlights of the campus is a fully integrated building management system (IBMS) with Wi-Fi, CCTV, and access control keys cards for all rooms.
The rooms are fitted with an energy-efficient lighting management system that utilises passive infrared (PIR) and microwave sensors to detect human presence and motion.
The lights at the entrance and aisle come on as soon as someone enters a room and fade out after the person is seated, helping save power.
The lights switch off automatically when the remote-controlled window blinds are pulled up to let in natural light.
The IBMS integrates control for lighting and air-conditioning across the campus, with individual override facility in all rooms.
The air-conditioning system includes carbon dioxide sensors, which automatically activates fresh air intake when the level of CO2 rises beyond a specific level.
The entire campus is barrier-free and ramps for wheelchairs are provided in the classrooms, the common areas, and across the buildings. “It is possible for someone on a wheelchair to navigate the entire campus without help. We have even provided toilets for the physically challenged on every floor,” says G. Vijayaraghavan, member-secretary of the school's board of governors.
Another feature of the campus is the 24-hour dedicated wireless connectivity.
“Apart from those for the classrooms, we have plans to provide external nodes at select points to make the entire campus Wi-Fi-enabled,” he says.
The 16-acre property, falling within the Technocity project area, is being developed in a phased manner. The building complex covering six acres includes an administration zone, a library and sports centre, and the hostel block.
The entrance to the school will have a landscaped plaza representing the overall campus character.
The water tower with the viewing gallery on top dominates the ground.
The other prominent features are a coconut palm plaza with water jets, a leisure court with stone pavilions, an Al Fresco garden, pebble streams, an areca palm valley, a tropical spice garden, a lily pond and aroma garden, covered walkways linking the buildings, and an amphitheatre with stepped lawn terraces are prominent features. A student plaza with multipurpose play courts and seating for games, outdoor exercise, and informal gatherings is another add-on.
The campus boasts a rainwater-harvesting system that utilises a network of retention ponds, streams, wetland systems, and a half-an-acre reservoir for water storage to ensure water security and recharge groundwater resources.
A sewage-treatment facility will recycle water for irrigation needs.
The buildings feature double-glazed glass and solar-reflective roofing material for thermal insulation.
“The Green features are expected to result in a 20 per cent reduction in power consumption and a 30 per cent reduction in potable water consumption.