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Maga completes Rs 6 Billion Water Works in 2018

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Maga Engineering, Sri Lanka’s leading construction company, completed Rs. 6 billion worth of work in the water sector in the year 2018, delivering few projects of national importance in the process.

Underscoring the significance on achieving United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal to access affordable drinking water for all citizens, Government of Sri Lanka has given top priority to developing the country’s water infrastructure. Accordingly, these projects aim to build and modernise the municipal and rural water infrastructure in the country. At the same time, they are an intermediary step towards the eventual goal of providing a safe drinking water to 100% of the urban and rural population, whilst creating the industrial infrastructure required for further economic development.

The first of these projects is the Galagedera-Mawathagama Water Supply Project, implemented by the National Water Supply & Drainage Board of Sri Lanka (NWSDB), at a value of Rs. 3.2 billion with the support of DFCC bank. The project involved the construction of a 1000m³ capacity elevated tower, a 450m³ capacity ground reservoir and supply and laying of 250mm diameter DI & HDPE transmission line of 27km, along with 131 km long distribution system. Now substantially completed, the project will provide pipe borne water supply to an estimated population of 20,000 in the eastern part of the Kurunegala District including Galagedara and Paragahadeniya and Mawathagama area of Kandy District.

During the year, Maga also completed the supply and laying of a purific water pipeline along the Extension of Southern Expressway Section 4 From Mattala to Hambantota under the Road Development Authority and China Habour Engineering Company.

The company is presently completing the Towns East of Colombo Water Supply Project (Package 2), implemented by the NWSDB at a value of 4.8 billion rupees with the assistance of the Bank of Ceylon. The project comprises the construction of a ground reservoir of capacity 18,000m³ and the supply and laying of 1,000 mm diameter DI transmission line of 8km and HDPE line of 7km from Iridapola Junction to Meepe. In whole, the Towns East of Colombo Water Supply Project aims to serve a population of 375,00 in the eastern parts of Colombo District including Padukka and Horana.

In addition to the above, Maga is presently executing the civil works of the Kelani Right Bank Water Supply Project (Stage Two) under the Main Contractor of the project Suez International of France. The project’s main civil works is valued at LKR 8.5 billion and it includes a 180,000m³ water treatment plant of latest technology, a treated water pumping main and a 35km long transmission line. Critical to maintaining and expanding the water supply of the western province, namely north eastern regions of Colombo and Gampaha, the project will benefit 1 million residents in Biyagama, Kelaniya, Kiribathgoda, Kadawatha, Ragama, Wattala, Kandana, Ja-Ela, Seeduwa and Ganemulla areas.

Commenting on the aforementioned projects, Maga Engineering Chairman & Managing Director Mr M. G. Kularatne stated, "We are excited by the opportunity to support the efforts to augment the country’s water supply at this critical juncture in Sri Lanka’s development trajectory. Along with the NWSDB and our industry partners, we are committed to complete these projects on schedule and bring uninterrupted supply of high-quality drinking water to resident communities, and realise the Government’s vision to provide 100% access to clean water by the year 2025.’’

With a workforce over 12,000, Maga Engineering has completed 525 multi-disciplinary projects in building and infrastructure sectors in Sri Lanka and abroad. Focused on the ethos of sustainable development, Maga holds the platinum rating in the country’s corporate accountability rating.

Maga Wins at IESL Engineering Excellence Awards 2018

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Sri Lanka’s leading construction company Maga Engineering was awarded the prestigious ‘Excellence in Engineering Award’ for the fifth time in recognition for its excellence in the large-scale construction sector, at the coveted Excellence in Engineering Awards for 2018 which was held recently at the BMICH in Colombo. Organized by the Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka (IESL), the event was graced by the Commander of the Sri Lanka Army Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake as the Chief Guest amidst leaders of the engineering fraternity of Sri Lanka.

These awards are carried out to honour the most distinctive engineering personalities and institutions which have demonstrated excellence in their related academic disciplines and businesses whilst contributing to the economic growth of the country.  With this achievement, Maga Engineering becomes the organization which has achieved the highest number of accolades at the IESL Engineering Excellence Awards.

Commenting on the award, Chairman & Managing Director of Maga Engineering Mr. M G Kularatne said, "The award represents a major achievement for us at Maga and underscores Maga’s continued success as the leading institution in the construction sector and demonstrates our contributions towards the development of innovative engineering solutions, addressing the needs of our clients whilst supporting economic development of the country. The recognition is an important catalyst for continued success. I would like to thank all our employees, clients and stakeholders for their outstanding efforts during the past few challenging years. The satisfaction of our customers and stakeholders represent the cornerstone of our values. Going forward, we aim to set further benchmarks in the industry by constantly challenging and reinventing ourselves." 

Maga is home to a workforce of over 10,000 and boasts a dynamic team that consists of 300 engineers. The company successfully rolled out an integrated resource management system across the organization: With a focus on bringing construction technology, business processes and people together to achieve optimal business results, it has helped the company to drive systems optimization, eliminate inefficiencies, reduces costs and optimize value generation across the board.  During the last few years, the company has completed several large-scale projects such as the NSBM Green University Town, 47-storey green building Clearpoint Residencies and 78-kilometre Ambepussa-Kurunegala-Trincomalee Road (A006) from Ambepussa to Galewela, while commencing work on several other iconic projects such as the Prime Grand Apartment Complex, Kelaniya Right Bank Water Supply Project, Central Expressway from Maditiyawala to Kurunegala and Southern Expressway from Matara to Beliatta, to name a few.  

The above award also endorses Maga’s investments in developing its supply chains and communities across the country over the last few years. The company remains focused on service and product excellence and is committed to its vision of creating lasting socio-economic value for all stakeholders.  Being a multidisciplinary construction company, Maga is readily available to offer diversified range of construction and allied services for the prosperity of real estate, manufacturing, public infrastructure and commercial sectors in Sri Lanka.

Caption: The Chief Executive Director of Maga Engineering Mr. Piyadasa Madarasinghe receiving the award from the Commander of the Sri Lanka Army Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake. The President of the Institution of Engineers Sri Lanka Prof. T M Pallewatta (middle) is also seen in the picture.

Clearpoint Residencies becomes the highest-rated Green Building in Sri Lanka

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Clearpoint Residences, Rajagiriya, has been awarded with the Platinum Rating Certification under the GREENSL® Rating System for Built Environment, at the Annual Green Building Awards Ceremony 2018 held at Earls Regency Hotel, Kandy last week. This prestigious Awards Ceremony was organized by the Green Building Council of Sri Lanka with the prime objective of promoting cost effective high performance environmentally friendly green buildings incorporated with extremely efficient energy and water saving mechanisms and measures taken to ensure healthy and comfortable indoor environment.  Furthermore, this awards scheme recognizes the developers who aspire to implement such green building practices as a value addition to both their product and to the real estate industry as a whole.

The Sri Lanka Green Rating System for existing buildings is a set of performance standards used to certify the operations and maintenance of all forms of commercial or institutional buildings and residential buildings of all sizes, both public and private. Platinum is the highest rating a green building can earn under the GREENSL® Rating System. .As per this rating system, Clearpoint Residencies is one of the highest-rated green buildings in Sri Lanka.

Regarded as the ‘tallest vertical garden in the world’, Clearpoint Residences is a joint venture between Milroy Perera Associates and Maga Engineering. The brainchild of renowned architect Mr Milroy Perera, the residential apartment tower is a fully-fledged green building which accommodates 171 apartments across 47 floors. It’s most unique feature, the planted terraces encircling the building, gives the building its character while providing many practical benefits.

The formation of a green cover provides a natural cooling system for the entire building, resulting not only in a fresher, more relaxing atmosphere, but also less energy consumption on air-conditioning. This blanket of trees endows the building with an innate sound-proofing system. It also provides shade and acts as a buffer against radiated heat. Clearpoint Residencies is also the first high-rise building in Sri Lanka to contain a fully-fledged rainwater harvesting system, automated drip irrigation system, grey-water recycling system and solid waste disposal system, in addition to solar panels that can power all its common areas. This one-of-a-kind condominium also promotes clean energy amongst its residents by having an electric charging station within the premises.

Commenting on this significant achievement, Chairman & Managing Director of Maga Engineering Mr. M G Kularatne said, “ Clearpoint Residencies has been recognized on many occasions for being an exceptional building with its unique sustainability features. Of equal importance was the way we managed the construction with utmost concern for the environmental nerve points in the surroundings. This Platinum Green Rating will further add value to the property and benefit the residents who have already occupied their apartments at Clearpoint Residencies.  I would like to convey my grateful appreciation of the Green Building Council of Sri Lanka for their pioneering efforts to implement the Sri Lanka Green Rating System and create much needed impetus amongst Sri Lanka’s developers and builders to embrace sustainability ideals.’’

Mr Arosha Perera, Director of Milroy Perera Associates and Lead Architect for Clearpoint Residencies added that “it is an honour for Clearpoint Residencies to secure the Platinum Green Rating by the Green Building Council of Sri Lanka. This platinum rating is testimony to our holistic efforts to realise a unique and fully-fledged green building which has set a benchmark not only in Sri Lanka but in the world. Through this holistic approach, we have been able to design and construct a building possessing sustainability, technology, spaciousness and most notably cost-efficiencies, using a team comprising of solely local designers and contractors.”

A Green Environmental Rating System applicable to Sri Lanka has been formulated as a ‘home-grown system’ with all norms acceptable to leading rating systems, after conducting research projects and workshops by an Expert Committee appointed by the GBCSL, with the assistance of national and international experts. The Expert Committee has studied the experiences of green building initiatives of India, China, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, which are the rapidly growing economies in our region. The GBCSL commissioned a panel of Certified Assessors to validatethe documentation for all claimed credits and assure that they conform to the compliance requirements as outlined in the ratings document.

Caption (from L-R) : Director Finance & Planning of Maga Engineering Mr. Mega Kularatne and Maga’s Assistant General Manager & Project Manager for Clearpoint Residencies project Mr. Saman Mahawatte receiving the award from the Chairman of Green Building Council of Sri Lanka Prof. Ranjith Dissanayake. Chief Guest of the event Prof. Ajith De Alwis of Department of Chemical and Process Engineering, University of Moratuwa is also seen in the picture.

 

Mr M.G. Kularatne recognized as ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ at Ada Derana Sri Lankan of the Year 2018

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Veteran business leader Mr. M.G. Kularatne won the ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ award at this year’s Ada Derana Sri Lankan of the Year 2018, held at Hilton Colombo recently. Founder and visionary of Maga Engineering, the largest construction company in the country, Mr Kularatne was recognized for his entrepreneurial spirit and creative leadership that has elevated the Sri Lankan construction industry.

Ada Derana Sri Lankan of the Year Award Ceremony is organized by the country’s premier entertainment television channel TV Derana to honour and celebrate individuals and business entities whose efforts have had a lasting impact on the country, whilst helping promote Sri Lanka globally. Awards are presented in a wide range of fields including arts, sports, public service, business and heroism. The two-tiered selection process is a robust and transparent scheme with nominees being shortlisted through an editorially driven process, under the supervision of the Ada Derana editorial leadership and industry specialists.  

Speaking after the event, Mr. M. G. Kularatne stated "I wish to thank Ada Derana for this great accolade. I dedicate this award to the entire team at MAGA for their commitment and hard work over the years. I believe it is a testament to the indomitable spirit and core values held within MAGA, through which we have built a reputation as the most trusted construction company in Sri Lanka and have had the opportunity to positively to contribute to the sustainable growth of the Sri Lankan construction industry and the economy.”

Under his leadership, MAGA has grown from humble beginnings to become the leading construction company in the country, going toe-to-toe with reputed international contractors to construct some of the country’s most landmark buildings, roads, bridges and water supply schemes. He has spearheaded the delivery of projects of international acclaim, including the construction of Sri Lanka’s tallest building (Grand Hyatt), world’s tallest vertical garden (Clearpoint Residencies), South Asia’s first green university (NSBM Green University Town), world’s first LEED Platinum certified manufacturing plant (MAS Thurulie) and the country’s longest road rehabilitation (Matara Wellawaya Road).

Mr Kularatne’s nationalistic ethos has inspired MAGA to build a truly Sri Lankan organization, with over 350 engineers and a workforce of over 10,000, that has completed over 450 projects in the process. The company’s sustainable businesses practices have set a benchmark in the industry, as a responsible corporate entity committed to the wellbeing of local communities and stakeholders, as evidenced by the company holding the Platinum rating and number 4 rank in the country’s Corporate Accountability Index. Alluding to this fact, Mr Kularatne noted that “the construction industry is well positioned to further enact positive social impact amongst a wide cross-section of communities across the country, and bring people together. I believe economic empowerment is not just about wealth generation but also social development, and we are committed to achieve both through the infrastructure development projects we engage in.”

Mr. Kularatne is a graduate of the University Ceylon and a Fellow of the Institute of Certified Professional Managers and the Institute of Chartered Business Administrators. Joining the Sri Lanka Army after graduation, where he had an illustrious career, he was elevated to the rank of Captain in 1968. Subsequently, he served as the Administration Officer at the New Parliament project at Sri Jayewardenepura for Mitsui Construction of Japan and as the Chief Administration Officer at the Sri Jayewardenepura General Hospital Project for Kajima Corporation of Japan. He also served as the special advisor to Takenaka Komuten Co Ltd of Japan at the New International Passenger Terminal Project at the Katunayake International Airport. Kularatne established Maga Engineering in 1984, setting the foundation for it to become a model construction company and steering it to its present market leadership position.