‘Rock’ star: Building in India holds a unique distinction
Wells Fargo’s building in Hyderabad, India, has been recognized for a natural rock formation that is incorporated into the ground floor.
Wells Fargo’s office building in Hyderabad, India, is featured in the 2015 edition of the Limca Book of Records, the Indian version of Guinness World Records.
The Legacy Walk, a natural rock formation that is incorporated into the ground floor of the Enterprise Global Services building, has been named the “largest natural rock formation in an office building,” a new category in the book. The entry notes that, by integrating the “natural rock formation into its office building, the company aims to spread the message of green buildings and sustainability.” The facility is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certified.
The rock formation, which has overlooking and adjacent walkways, is about 191 feet long, 14 feet high at its highest point, and 25 feet deep at its deepest point.
“We are extremely proud of this,” says Aveek Mukherjee, head of Enterprise Global Services Delivery. “During the construction of this tower in Hyderabad, our leadership team made a conscious decision to preserve the existing rock formation by integrating it into the facility. The result also is popular with team members.”
The Legacy Walk was inaugurated on Jan. 23, 2014. The name was chosen to signify Wells Fargo’s legacy that, like the rock, has withstood the test of time.
“What seemed like an engineering challenge when we began work on the Legacy Walk has now made the building iconic,” says Sunil C. Korah, chief administrative officer, who led the initiative from vision to completion. “Once we made the decision to integrate the natural rock formation into the building design, we got down to flawless execution. It was a joint effort between the builder; the project team led by Vinod Mannattil; and the facilities team led by Ryan Lobo. It took us about a year to complete the project. Today, the Legacy Walk stands true to its vision as a space for collaboration and our commitment to sustainability.”
Geologists say the rocks used in the Legacy Walk and other such formations in and around Hyderabad were formed 2.5 billion years ago, but rapid urbanization has threatened them. The Legacy Walk rock is made of granite, an intrusive igneous rock, and is rich in potassium feldspar and quartz.
“At Wells Fargo, we believe in preserving our legacy,” says Vishnupriya Saksena, head of Corporate Sustainability for EGS delivery. “By being a responsible corporate citizen, we encourage our team members to engage in environmental stewardship activities. Rock formations are a legacy to the city of Hyderabad, and by integrating this natural rock formation into our building design, we are preserving a piece of the legacy in our own small way.”
Team members frequently walk by the rock formation and gather in the nearby amphitheater and library, which allow them to enjoy the view.
“The area gives me a sense of peace and silence, which can be very useful for people working in a corporate environment,” says Evleen Sethi, mortgage analyst, EGS Delivery Operations. “The Legacy Walk is the highlight of a facility that is already a great place to work, and we thank Wells Fargo for making it possible.”
Team members like Vedvrath Madishetty, project manager for Enablement Projects, voice pride in the Legacy Walk, especially now that it has been recognized in the Limca Book of Records.
“My experience with the Legacy Walk area goes back to when it was just a barren piece of rock and all we had was a vision of what it could be,” he says. “Today, when I walk through the area and see how team members and visitors are awestruck by the rock and the area surrounding it, the feeling is just indescribable. It is a unique space, which is unheard of in today’s corporate setting.”