Status of SEA Regional Office building - SEA-RC68-23
AbstractThe World Health House, as the buildings housing the WHO Regional Office for South- East Asia in New Delhi, India, are collectively known, is over 50 years old, necessitating greater investments to maintain the property fit for purpose. The results of two seismic vulnerability studies of the campus buildings in 2001 and 2010 independently agreed that in their current condition, the buildings present certain concerns in the event of seismic activity - particularly during the monsoon season when the groundwater table is high. The situation is exacerbated by the ground conditions of the site and the seismic vulnerability of the Delhi area in general. The following actions were recommended: Demolish and rebuild the annexes, as the cost to reinforce and/or retrofit such buildings is economically unviable. The long, thin, footprint of these buildings, combined with an unorthodox foundation and structural design, bring into question the ultimate success of any strengthening works programme. Reinforce/retrofit the main building and conference block with pertinent mitigation measures including slab repairs and reinforcing of horizontal and vertical structural supports. The High-Level Preparatory (HLP) Meeting for the Sixty-eighth Session of the WHO Regional Committee for South-East Asia held at the WHO Regional Office in New Delhi on 29 June–2 July 2015, reviewed the attached working paper and noted it. In view of the findings, and in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, the Secretariat has invited the Central Public Works Department (CPWD) to perform a more comprehensive study of the facility. With this information, a more informed decision may be taken as to whether it is appropriate and more financially viable to also demolish the main block and rebuild. A report on the condition of the campus will be presented to Member States incorporating the findings of the CPWD assessment in due course.
Regional Office for South-East Asia, World Health Organization. (2015). Status of SEA Regional Office building - SEA-RC68-23. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/246218