ECL crafts new model in learning spaces with first-ever NSBM Green University Town

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Engineering Consultants (Pvt.) Ltd (ECL), as project consultants for the National School of Business Management (NSBM) University, successfully showcases the adoption of its visionary master plan that promotes student success through learning and social spaces enhancing the overall educational experience of our youth.
With over four decades of experience in managing some of the country’s largest and most complex projects from concept to completion in a wide range of sectors, ECL as a homegrown organisation, has demonstrated its distinct experience, knowledge and commitment in creating this exceptional collaborative architectural learning space.
ECL covered the full spectrum of the project including master planning, detailed architectural and structural designs, construction supervision and project management. There was also a special focus on infrastructure facilities such as electricity, water supply, sewerage, internal roadways, landscaping, furniture, lighting, IT networks and a university management information system.
“We firmly believe no other company in Sri Lanka can offer these services and the knowledge we provide.  Every component of the NSBM building has been thoughtfully designed connecting learning spaces through a unified master development plan. We are extremely proud that this Green University is set to become the benchmark when planning other universities in the country,” said MG Group of Companies Chairman Ranjith Gunaratne. 
Spearheading this architectural achievement is ECL’s design team whose breadth of vision crossed disciplines in producing a masterpiece in innovative engineering. 
The entire campus visually reconnects individual buildings ensuring continuous interaction between students and faculty. The three faculties: Business, IT and Engineering, the university administration and office areas, library, auditorium, student centre are all spacious offering numerous and comfortably furnished informal gathering areas to bring together people, ideas and learning.
ECL has also ingeniously merged the landscape with the building. Open spaces intermingle with the scenery highlighting ECL’s belief in the importance of maintaining a natural setting.
The existing terrain has been retained with great success offering an aesthetic appeal to all on campus; natural boulders and water bodies can be seen throughout the campus contributing to a beautiful backdrop.
The NSBM campus has also adopted green infrastructure and sustainable concepts into the development plan.  Embracing sustainable designs which help maximize natural ventilation, daylight and external comfort, a waste water treatment plant which also provides water for irrigation, solar energy, LED lighting, green rooftops, green screens, which cut off heat entering the buildings, are among the 
strategies employed.
Towards the successful completion of the project, ECL provided construction supervision expertise to the main contractor, Maga Engineering, Sri Lanka’s leading construction and engineering company.  “There is much synergy between us and Maga; we are able to complement each other. We can now replicate this anywhere in the world,” noted ECL Chief Executive Officer Saliya Lenaduwa.
ECL’s proven mastery and outstanding project management capabilities were crucial in coordinating and supervising this mega project. Ensuring smooth interaction and workflow ECL also oversaw over 200 independent sub-contractors meeting all deadlines on time and in accordance to the project scope.
The main building stands as a symbol of its defining architecture. Visitors marvel at this focal point which offers a bird’s-eye view of the entire university.
The library is a reservoir of knowledge with thousands of books from multiple disciplines and consists of quiet reading areas. It also houses a student lounge for casual discussions.
The state-of-the-art auditorium features advanced lighting equipment with optimum acoustic properties creating a better learning environment.
ECL (Pvt.) Ltd, through its expert insight into crafting NSBM’s Green University has showcased a unique perspective to campus planning and space challenges, understanding the present yet planning the future, empowering the client to achieve its goals. 

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