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Maharishi Vedic City building campus for Vedic Pandits
by Patricia Boland

The Review    Translate This Article
11 November 2006

Work continues in Maharishi Vedic City to construct housing for 1,000 Vedic Pandits. The current development includes 200 home sites with centrally located community buildings of 6,700 square feet each. The different community buildings will be for group practice of the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi programs, dining, and other aspects of their daily routine.

As this issue of The Review goes to press, the first 30 manufactured homes had arrived and were being connected to utilities. All are constructed according to Maharishi Sth├ąpatya Veda(SM) design. Thirty homes a week can be delivered.

Each home includes two bedrooms, living room, kitchen, and one-and-a-half bathrooms. They are single-wide construction rather than double-wide in order to speed installation. Concrete piers are in place for 100 homes. Ceilings in the homes are 8 feet high and the walls are made of smooth sheetrock. The exterior consists of white concrete panels. Each home comes with a washer/dryer and other amenities such as air conditioning and a water purification system.

According to Jon Lipman, AIA, who is helping Raja Robert Wynne, mayor of Maharishi Vedic City, lead the project, six different neighborhoods have been designed for the 80-acre Pandit campus.

Three different methods of construction are under consideration for these neighborhoods. These include the manufactured homes already mentioned, unused Federal Emergency Management Agency manufactured homes which were surplus after hurricane Katrina last year, and the innovative technology of precast marble panel homes described in the November 1 issue of The Review. Negotiations are continuing with FEMA at a senior level for acquisition of these free surplus newly constructed manufactured homes.

Extensive work has been done on infrastructure, including construction of new roads and installation of utilities. As homes are completed, grass sod, trees, shrubbery, and sidewalks will be installed around the homes.

While the construction is being finished in Maharishi Vedic City, 500 Vedic Pandits will be housed in buildings on the Maharishi University of Management campus.

Copyright 2006, Maharishi University of Management

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