In October 2019 Dhamma Pajjota’s Master Plan Committee formed a new team to plan and oversee an exciting project: a new building housing a professional kitchen and two dining halls.
The new Kitchen-Dining Building (KDB) is needed to increase the capacity and improve the efficiency and hygiene of the kitchen, as well as to offer sufficient space and more comfort for students and servers. The building will be designed to adhere to Belgian energy neutrality standards.
The KDB will be located on Dhamma Pajjota’s future male-female segregation line to make segregation easier and more complete, and will also help shield the center from the road and traffic.
Next on the Master Plan Committee’s list of projects will be a new male accommodation building. This will bring Dhamma Pajjota up to its full capacity of 110 students and 16 course servers, provide a large number of single rooms for both males and females, and complete the male-female segregation of the site.
To help develop the plans, the Dhamma Pajjota Trust has elected to work with DMOA, a renowned architectural agency. DMOA started working on the design for the KDB in January 2020. The agency will also review and adapt the centre’s existing long-term development plan, which was created in 2011.
The members of the Master Plan Committee and the KDB project team are working closely together with the architects. A number of different committees— kitchen, course, garden, construction, household—contributed suggestions to the team for the list of specifications for the new building. Many detailed discussions about the new master plan have also taken place, and DMOA is working hard to take into full account the special needs of our Vipassana centre.
The architects and project team hope to finish the design sketch of the new building and the new long-term development plan by June 2020. The final design for the KDB will be ready in September 2020. After that, the design needs first to be approved by the municipality, and then to move on to a technical design phase. When technical designs are ready, the tendering process to select contractors and subcontractors can begin. These 3 tasks will probably take about one year. Construction of the KDB is planned to start in August 2021.
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