Mahadev Desai

Mr. Mahadev Desai is a renowned Engineering professional having a degree in Civil Engineering from M.S. University, Baroda and Degree of Law from South Gujarat University, Surat.

Mr. Desai heads Sthapati Designers & Consultants Pvt. Ltd., which is a leading multidisciplinary consultancy organization in India. It offers design solutions and provides professional services in Architectural, Civil, Structural, Transportation, Infrastructural and Environmental Engineering.

It was founded by Chairman Mahadev Desai in 1979 as a single-man company based in the small town of Navsari, Gujarat. Owning to its expertise and growing clientele, the firm has achieved a strong presence and reputation across the nation. The team of 100 professionals at SDCPL is a creative hub of 100 members comprising of architects, civil structural-environmental engineers, urban planners, interior designers, highway and transportation engineers, CAD experts and graphic designers.

The firm is adept at delivering a variety of construction projects. Its work spans rare and uncommon gamut of possibilities of constructed space including Bungalows, Residential Developments, Hospitals, Hotels, Corporate & Government Offices, Educational Institutions, Townships, Airport Terminal Buildings, Affordable Housing, Bus Terminals, Urban Planning, City Level Infrastructure Projects for Water Supply, Sewerage, Storm Water Drainage, Industrial Campuses, Light to heavy industrial Structures, Roads, Bridges, Special Structure like Chimneys, Heavy Machine Foundations including Structural Rehabilitation of old buildings.

His mantra is honesty and integrity, transparency, ingenious vision and out of box thinking with hard work, dedication, patience and perseverance.

He brings with him immense knowledge of the field, expertise that has evolved over time and leadership skills that guide the team at the organization.

He believes in creating happiness by providing creative, innovative, user friendly design solutions, right from concept to completion which are visually striking, functionally effective, efficient, sustainable, incorporating aesthetics & grandeur, inspired by art, culture, heritage, as well as smart technologies and delivering quality with value for money through constant search for knowledge, wisdom and excellence.

He is also the co-founder of www.gharpedia.coman encyclopedia of home, i.e. homepedia; a website that provides information covering all the aspects of home right from its concept to its completion. It is everything that you wanted to know about houses.

This is perhaps the first such site in India and one of the few in world covering all range of topics related to house and common man.

Gharpedia helps the common man conceive, create and conserve their dream home with a larger ultimate goal of Health, Safety and happiness for all. helps to Design Build/Own/Rent/Buy/Sell/Repair/Maintain your dream house by providing all the tips & tricks with solution to common man’s problems in an easy language.

The site also provides directory of all types construction professionals, album of the “Best Home Designs”, online exhibition of construction materials and Nos. of “calculators” providing cost estimates.

He is also the co-founder of “Software Based Service” under the brand of 1mnt

This is “The first in Industry” software which generate exact quantities and bills for contractors using basic CAD based drawings. It is going to be a game changer for building construction professionals. The software apart from Bill of Quantities and Measurement sheet generates tonnes of data as “Management Information System” acting as an innovative tool and eliminating the cumbersome, time consuming and costly process of bill preparation by civil building contractors. It provides detailed profit and escalation analysis on “Day Zero” with management report / data for right project management, controlling cost and profit.

Some of the noteworthy projects undertaken by his firm (SDCPL) are the LIC’s corporate office building at GIFT City, Gandhinagar, Urban Haats at Ahmedabad and Bhuj (Allwon in national competition)Central office complex at Vyara for Govt. of Gujarat,(the first Green Building of Govt of Gujarat), GSRTC’s, Bhuj, Patan and NadiadBus terminals with Malls &Multiplexes; Housing for Gujarat Housing Board, Ahamedabadand Surat Municipal Corporation, Multi-speciality Civil Hospital at Navsari & Dharampur, Temple Base Extension at Pavagadh, Terminal Building-Amritsar & Surat; Viewing Deck at Kutch (White Rann), Schools for SSA, Sugar factories, Cold Rolling Mill Plant for Tata, Engineering Colleges etc.

His firms’ clients also include L&T, ShapoorjeePallonjee, IIT-Kharagpur, IIT-Bhubaneshwar, IIM Ahmedabad, LIC, TATA, ONGC, GAIL, Municipal Corporation of Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Surat etc., Airport Authority of India, KRIBHCO, Affordable Housing Mission, Gujarat, GUDM, GWSSB, DGVCL, Gujarat Tourism and Urban authorities like AUDA, VUDA, SUDA, Auro University, Hotel Marriot (Gujarat JHM Ltd.) and so on.

It is due to his compassion the firm got an opportunity to provide Honorary services in all Health & Education related charitable projects undertaken by the Padma Vibhushan, Shri A. M. Naik, the legendary Chairman of L&T Ltd.

His firm is also associated with design / PMC of more than 50,000 houses under Prime Minster Affordable Housing Project.

In his personal capacity, Mr. Desai remains deeply committed to the community. He is equally known as educator and institution builder. Mr. Desai has received recognition in multifarious fields.

He is the Member of National Executive Committee for commemoration of 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi of Govt. of India headed by The Hon'ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi and also Member of National Committee for commemoration of Birth centenary of Pt. Deendayal Upadhyaya also headed by the Hon’ble Prime Minister.

Mr. Desai was publicly facilitated by the then Chief Minister and presently The Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi on the eve of Gujarat day in 2013.

He was the Hon. Secretary of Vanche Gujarat (Read Gujarat) campaign which was a unique and innovative campaign initiated by the then Hon’ble Chief Minister of Gujarat Hon’ble Shri Narendra Modi with a humble intention to inculcate reading habits and imbibe reading culture in the people and particularly amongst the children. It was the brain child of Mr. Desai. Shri Narendra Modi was the Chairman of this state level committee.

Mr. Desai has honored his services as the President / Secretary of 120 years old Shree Sayaji Vaibhav Public Library, Navsari from 1980-2017. He has pioneered and promoted reading movement in Navsari and across Gujarat due to which Navsari is known as “Reading Capital of Gujarat” and Granth Tirth. The library has repeatedly won the Best library award from Govt. of Gujarat (six times to be precise). Here, he has led a comprehensive, re-imagination, re-invention and modernization of this 120-year-old public library with a focus on the reading movement for children.

He is also on the Governing Body of management of Auro University, the only University aiming Integral Education based at Surat.

Mr. Mahadev Desai is a pioneer and a key person for “Jyotirdhar Abhiyan - A campaign undertaken for Empowering Teachers for their self-awakening, self-leadership and character building. He is also Chairman of Gyan Bharati.

Mr. Mahadev Desai was also consulted by the Government of Bhutan as an expert to guide the Bhutan Govt. for celebration of Bhutan National Reading Year 2015 on the recommendation of The Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.

Mr. Desai holds position of pre-eminence on various professional bodies and council and has membership for several renowned professional societies. In recognition of his professional services, the Govt. of Gujarat appointed him as the Founding Vice President of “Gujarat Council of Professional Civil Engineers”, the first such council in India.

He has served as the member of Education Committee, Gujarat – SSC Board. He is also on the board of trustees at GIDC Engineering College, Navsari.

He is the Member of Institution of Engineers (India), Indian Concrete Institute; International Association for Bridge & Structural Engineering, Indian Road Congress, Indian Geo Technical Society, Consulting Engineers Association of India, and Indian Water works Association, International Council of Consultants. He was also member of American Concrete Institute and American Society of Civil Engineers. He is a Fellow of Institute of Valuers.

He is on the panel of arbitrators for FICCI and Indian Council of Arbitrators. He has also been Govt. Registered Valuer and has valued more than 2500 properties.

Mr. Mahadev Desai was also invited as an expert by Hyderabad Urban Development Authority to participate in “Expert Consultants Workshop” for finalizing environmental building guidance and regulations for HUDA.

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