G-ORT Infrastructure: Central Operations Centre Design & Supervision
Tollinfra was appointed jointly with another firm under a consortium structure for the design, development and construction supervision of the ORT Central Operations Centre in Midrand adjacent to the ORT project. This Centre is conceived and designed to house the entire operations administration and process all customer interfaces and future ORT and ETC transactions on a National basis. The Centre accommodates diverse aspects such as data centres, call centres, a Violation Processing centre, management offices, briefing rooms etc…
The main entrance to the buildings is designed to take the form of an African drum, flush glazed with a traditional African motif. Special diamond-shaped glass pyramids symbolise the diamonds of Gauteng, while gold coloured curved steel beams symbolise the gold of Gauteng.
The effect of using the symbol of the horn of an African Oryx gazelle as the supporting columns, symbolises power and protection as used in the structural elements. The Project implemented green architecture through sun shading panels. These elements are used both visually, and to protect the building from the harsh rays of the Gauteng sun.
The Ant theme which forms part of the landscaping, depicts ants as extremely busy creatures, always contributing to building and constructing their environment. This is compared to the daily commuter who is always busy travelling and contributing to the economy.
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