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Clearpoint Residencies adjudged the Best Managed Construction Project at National Project Management Excellence Awards 2018

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Maga Engineering emerged the category winner under Best Managed Project in Construction/Infrastructure Development Sector for the construction of 47-storey Clearpoint Residencies at the recently concluded National Project Management Excellence Awards 2018.

This prestigious award ceremony, organized by the Project Management Institute Sri Lanka Chapter was held for the 2nd time in Sri Lanka to recognize complex projects that best deliver superior performance of project management practices, superior organizational results and positive impacts on the society. At the same time, the award scheme recognizes project outcome, technologies, innovative functions and Sri Lankan content in the project prioritizing the value delivered by the project to its clients.

Known as the ‘tallest vertical garden in the world’, Clearpoint Residences is a joint venture between Milroy Perera Associates and Maga Engineering. A brainchild of renowned architect Mr Milroy Perera, the residential apartment tower is a holistic green building which accommodates 171 apartments across 47 floors. One of its many highlights are the planted terraces encircling the building. The plants are maintained through a specially designed automated drip irrigation system that uses recycled water. Furthermore, several self-sustainable features such as solar panels, rain water harvesting, water recycling and solid waste management have been incorporated.

The planted terraces offer the building a unique character while providing many benefits: 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 soundproofing system. It also provides shade and buffer radiant heat. Clearpoint is also the first high-rise building in Sri Lanka to contain fully-fledged rainwater harvesting, automated drip irrigation, grey water recycling and solid waste disposal systems, as well as solar panels that can power all its common areas.

Commenting on the award, Director Engineering of Maga Engineering and Project Director Mr. Asoka de Silva said, “An exciting project from inception, Clearpoint offered us many unique design and construction challenges along the way. Some of these included the construction of cantilevered terraces on every floor, cantilevered private swimming pools on select floors, planting of endemic trees on terraces and the construction of a curved solar panel assembly on the rooftop. Our clear vision at the commencement of project and commitment from the project execution team, made this vision a reality and enabled us to complete the project on schedule and within budget. Designed  and built by an entirely Sri Lankan group of professionals, the project is a testimony to the engineering and construction expertise held within the local construction industry.’’

Assistant General Manager and Project Manager Mr. Saman Mahawatta noted that “Considering the nature and scale of this unique project, meticulous planning of all salient aspects of project management, covering quality, cost, time, safety and environment was carried out. This enabled us to anticipate the complex construction and operational challenges in advance, eventually resulting in the project’s timely completion and handover. Another the key challenge was to train, retain and manage the large workforce nearing 1000 to ensure smooth operations of work throughout the project. I convey my gratitude to the dedicated project team for the successful completion of this landmark building.’’

This award also endorses Maga’s investments in leading the cause of promoting green buildings in Sri Lanka as the leader in the construction sector of the country. 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 continues to offer a diversified range of construction services across industrial, government, real estate and commercial sectors in Sri Lanka.

Maga Engineering excels at the National Awards for Construction Excellence 2017

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Sri Lanka’s leading construction company Maga Engineering (Private) Limited emerged as the winner of 2 National Award for Construction Excellence and National Award for Construction Performance at the prestigious National Awards for Construction 2017.Organized by the Construction Industry Development Authority (CIDA) together with the Ministry of Housing and Construction, the award ceremony was held at BMICH on 26th February. The event was graced by His Excellency the President Mr. Maithripala Sirisena as the Chief Guest.

Maga Engineering was awarded two National Awards for Construction Excellence under the Category 1 of projects exceeding LKR 750 million, recognizing its engineering excellence in the construction of Green University for National School of Business Management (NSBM) in Pitipana, Homagama and the Extension to the Treasury Building in Colombo 01.

A landmark project by The National School of Business Management (NSBM), one of the nation’s premier degree schools, this Green University Town was constructed at a total cost of LKR 10 billion. Opened in October 2016, the University will eventually accommodate 30,000 local and international undergraduates.

The scope of the project included constructing several buildings pertaining to Faculty of Business Management, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Information Technology, Administration building, Library, Student Centre, Auditorium, Student Hostel Staff Accommodations, Recreational Building with swimming pool and Gymnasium and other related services such as Water treatment Plant, Playground and road network spanning over 26 acres of land.

Employed by the Ministry of Finance & Planning, Maga Engineering successfully completed a six storied building as an extension to the treasury building in June 2016. This new building included office areas, a vehicle parking area in its basement, an auditorium together with a roof terrace. The building was constructed while retaining the architectural features of the existing building and careful measures were taken during construction to protect the existing building. The total floor area of the building is 50,000 square feet and it was constructed at the cost of LKR 1.4 billion.

Maga was bestowed one National Award for Construction Performance (Category 1 – value exceeding LKR 1000 million) for the Rehabilitation / Improvement of AB019 Jaffna-Pannai-Kayts Road (Section 1) including its performance based maintenance for five yearsThe project comprised the rehabilitation and improvement of Jaffna-Pannai-Kayts Road of a total length of 10 km, including nearly 4.5 km long causeway section through the lagoon. The main objective of the project was to widen the existing narrow road, one lane with average carriageway width of 3.5m, to two lanes with total carriageway width of 9.6m.

Commenting on the awards, the Chairman & Managing Director of Maga Engineering Mr M.G. Kularatne said “We are very pleased to be recognised again as the leading constructor in the country in delivering large-scale projects, whilst taking forward our focus on promoting sustainable development. These awards are also encouragement for our project teams as well as the entire workforce to keep striving for continuous improvement. I take this opportunity to offer our gratitude to our clientele, consultants, project financiers, suppliers and all stakeholders who have contributed to the success of these projects. Construction sector being a primary indicator of the health of our economy, Sri Lankan constructors can be proud of the national contribution they have made during the last decade as evidenced by the impressive projects recognized at these awards.”

The above accolades bear testimony to Maga’s integrity and commitment to deliver quality and sustainable infrastructure while setting a benchmark in the industry. The company has been recognized as one of the Top 10 Corporate Citizens of the Country in 2017, including for its pioneering work in integrating environmental concerns into its core business practices and the promotion of sustainable buildings.

Maga wins Best Corporate Citizen Award for Environmental Integration

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Sri Lanka’s leading construction firm Maga Engineering received recognition for its pioneering efforts in the field of environmental integration at the Best Corporate Citizens Sustainability Awards (BCCSA) 2017 organized by The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. The company was also adjudged one of the Ten Best Corporate Citizens in Sri Lanka.

The company emerged as the category award winner for Environmental Integration in recognition of its best-in-class performance in integrating environmental concerns into core business practices, including the promotion of sustainable buildings and reduction of its environmental footprint through resource efficiency and use of renewable resources. Of particular note was the successful completion of two landmark Green Building projects during the year, that have not only set local standards but global benchmarks — Clearpoint Residencies in Rajagiriya, the tallest vertical garden in the world and the NSBM Green University Town in Homagama, which is the first green University in the South Asian region.

Clearpoint Residencies in a 47-storey green building with cantilevered terraces on each floor that contain a variety of hand-picked, nursery-nurtured plants. These planted terraces offer the building a unique character while providing many benefits: Formation of a green cover provides a natural cooling system for the entire building, resulting not only in a fresher, more relaxing atmosphere, but less energy spent on air-conditioning. This blanket of trees endows the building with an innate soundproofing system. It also provides shade and buffer radiant heat. Oxygen Produced during the daytime provides cleaner air, while leaves act as a natural filter for dust. Clearpoint is also the first high-rise building in Sri Lanka to contain fully-fledged rainwater harvesting, automated drip irrigation, grey water recycling and solid waste disposal systems, as well as solar panels that can power all its common areas.

NSBM Green University town is a BCA Greenmark rated green building that will eventually house 30,000 students and offer state-of-the-art educational facility that has incorporated many energy-efficient principles. Established under the Ministry of Skills Development and Vocational Training, the building was ceremoniously opened in October 2016. In addition to the above, Maga has also helped found the Green Building Council of Sri Lanka, whose pioneering efforts in developing and implementing the Green SL Rating System has enabled many Sri Lankan companies to embrace principles of green building design and construction.

Commenting on the awards, the Chairman & Managing Director of Maga Engineering Mr. M. G. Kularatne noted: “The construction sector inherently has a larger ecological footprint than most sectors. Therefore, we hold a deep responsibility towards doing our best to minimize this adverse footprint, and go one step beyond by creating a positive impact through the built environment. With Clearpoint Residencies in particular, we, together with Milroy Perera Associates, took the bold step of fully integrating sustainability principles into a large-scale commercial venture. The unique project presented us many technical and operational challenges, but we had clear design intent from the start and an amazing construction team. We are proud to note that it was designed and constructed by an entirely Sri Lankan team of architects, engineers and construction professionals. I believe through this project we were able to prove that commercial considerations and ethos of sustainable development can indeed coexist. Therefore, we hope this project will act as a catalyst for the real estate sector and help give new direction to the nation’s upcoming infrastructure.”

The above awards also endorse 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 offers a diversified range of construction and allied services across industrial, government, real estate and commercial sectors in Sri Lanka.

Maga Engineering to train 375 Construction Craftsmen in partnership with Ministry of Skills Development

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Sri Lanka’s leading construction company, Maga Engineering entered into an agreement with the Ministry of Skills Development and Vocational Training to provide training to 375 construction craftsmen under the Ministry’s Employment Linked Training Programme (ELTP) yesterday.

The training programme is funded by the World Bank and Asian Development Bank.

The programme will be specially tailored to address the needs of the construction industry and fulfill the skill and knowledge gaps of construction craftsmen. It will be a practical-oriented programme which aims to give the selected applicants theoretical knowledge on their particular craft coupled with practical on-the-job training sessions.

The participants for the program will be screened based on their aptitude and their competencies will then be developed in a holistic manner.

Under this programme, 50 Reinforcement Craftsmen, 20 Plumbers, 10 Road Construction Site Equipment Operators, 20 Road Construction Craftsmen, 20 Scaffolders, 20 Tilers, 10 Welders, 110 Masonry Craftsmen, 20 Painters, 10 Occupational Health and Safety Officers, 75 Wood Craftsmen, 20 Painters and 10 Laboratory Assistants will be trained at Maga’s constructions projects under the guidance of experienced and qualified resource personnel.

Upon successful completion of the programme, the participants will be awarded with National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) Level 3 certification, accredited by the Tertiary and Vocational Education Commission of Sri Lanka.

Commenting on the programme, Chairman & Managing Director of Maga Engineering, Mr. M G Kularatne said: “We are thankful to the Ministry of Skills Development and Vocational Training for this great initiative. In the fast evolving construction industry, there is a grave need for skilled craftsmen and Maga is proud to play a lead role in attracting and developing more youth through public-private partnerships such as this, which is the way forward.”

The training programme aims to serve social objectives by channeling the potential and strength of youth in Sri Lanka to produce a construction workforce capable of delivering world class results. Upon successful completion, the participants will have the opportunity to find employment within the company and will be able to independently handle site work and supervisory operations.

The training program will be launched this month and will be completed within one year.