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Taken from the article:
“Engineering consultant group WSP recently achieved a 4 Star Green Star rating for its Agrivaal building and the newly constructed public building, Batho Pele House. The stars were awarded by the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA).

Long-term project

WSP said this was a long-term project. In 2010 a tender was issued for the sustainable design of the building. The tenant for the building, the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA), was only later confirmed. Thereafter, the designs had to be flexible and underwent several rounds of changes to allow for the tenant’s requirements, WSP said.

“What always remained clear throughout the project, however, was that achieving 4 star Green Star credentials was a critical priority,” the company said. “Further to this, importance was placed on restoring and protecting the heritage of the existing Agrivaal building, as well as designing the easy transition between the new 10 story building that offers comfortable open plan office space and a healthy working environment.”

For this project, WSP formed part of the design team that worked on the building. The company provided a full scope of engineering across structural, civil, electrical, mechanical, lifts, fire, electronic, wet services, and sustainability consulting.”