1. The Advisory & Oversight Committee (A&OC)
The A&OC was appointed by the Board of Governors of Trinity College, Kandy in November 2017, initially with a mandate to ensure Financial integrity and transparency in all the activities of the Trinity 150 Project. This mandate was subsequently extended to cover all Operations, including Fund Raising, Communications and Public Relations. They are:
- Jayantissa Ratwatte – Chairman
- Duminda Hulangamuwa – Member & Finance Advisory Committee Representative
- Ravana Wijeyeratne – Member
- Suranga Herath – Member
- Vish Govindasamy – Member
- Imal Fonseka – Member
- Waruna Ranatunga – Member
- Andrew Fowler-Watt – Principal, Ex-Officio
- Gemunu Abeyaratne – FD Trinity 150 Projects/Secretary
At the invitation of the A&OC in June 2018, the Board nominated Mr. Himendra Ranaweera and Prof. Gishan Dissanaike to represent the Board at all its Meetings and provide assistance. Although Prof. Dissanaike’s tenure on the Board ended on 3rd September 2018, he has kindly consented to continue on the A&OC as a nominee of the Board.
2. The Project Management Group (PMG)
As a means of professional management of the Trinity150 Project, a PMG cadre was recruited mid 2018, structured as follows.
Principal – A&OC
- Finance Director 150
- Engineer to the Project -Consultant Chartered Engineer
- Quantity Surveyor
- Consultant Electrical Engineer – (On need basis)
- Consultant Civil Engineer – (On need basis)
- Project Manager
Clerk of Works – (On need basis)
The PMG will report to the Principal and A&OC.
Finance Director T150 – Mr. Gemunu Abeyaratne ACMA. Project Co-ordinator.
Engineer to the Project – Mr. Vasantha Ratnayake BSc (Eng), MSc(Struct Eng.), MICE, MIE, MIStructE.
Has over 40 years of experience in Civil and Structural engineering including Project Management, with three years overseas experience in a UK design office and projects.
Most importantly he has offered his services FOC in view of his family’s association with Trinity.
Quantity Surveyor – Messrs. Cost Management Services (Pvt) Ltd., (CMS Ltd.) represented by its Director Mr. G M Upul Shantha. CMS (Pvt) Ltd. is one of the foremost Quantity Survey companies in the country.
Consultant Electrical and Civil Engineers – Will be recruited only on need basis.
Project Manager – Mr. Sarath Ekanayake – National Diploma In Civil Engineering, MQSi(UK), GCGI(UK), IEng.MIIE (SL).
Over 40 years experience in construction activities both locally and abroad.
Clerk of works – Will be recruited on need basis.
MICD Associates, Principal Architect, Mr. Channa Daswatte, for:
- Commerce Block
- Sports Hall
- Dining Hall and Kitchen
- Science Block
Chartered Architect, Ms. Rangaji Jayasekera, for:
- Alison House
- Napier House
Both Architects have kindly offered their services FOC.
The Board approved in principle the Trinity150 Budget, both Capital and Recurrent, including a Start-Up Fund of Rs. 100 mn. in July 2018. The construction cost of Trinity150 based on preliminary estimates submitted by the Architects in 2017, is Rs. 540 mn.
The Official Launch of Trinity 150 was held in May 2018, presided over by His Lordship Rt. Rev. Dhiloraj Canagasabey, in the presence of Rt. Rev. Keerthisiri Fernando, Members of the Board of Governors, Presidents and Secretaries of Old Boys’ Associations, Heads of Sports Foundations, Batch Representatives, and Senior Management of the School. Presentations were made by the Principal, Ambassadors Kumar Sangakkara and Dilip Kumar, and both Architects Mr. Channa Daswatte and Ms. Rangaji Jayasekera. A video of the launch was distributed to all heads of associations.
Sports Hall – Consequent to discussions with Architect Channa Daswatte, it was possible to make functional modifications in the structure and fittings of the design which, is expected to cause a reduction in costs. It was also thought the Gymnasium should be independent of the Sports Hall, space permitting, as it would then be more conveniently located for sports such as rugby and cricket as well. The architect’s final recommendations are due in October, and construction is likely to commence in the first quarter of 2019.
Alison House – Commencement of work on Alison refurbishment is planned for early January 2019. Meanwhile, preliminaries such as Archaeological Department approval, ‘working drawings’ with Structural and M&E Engineers, preparation of BOQs and construction of a link road are already in hand. The school will make arrangements for additional temporary class rooms in Napier, the cost of which will be met by the school. The Batches of 76 to 81 leavers group of old boys have graciously pledged to meet the full cost of this project.
Commerce Block – Here too, preliminaries such as ‘spot level drawings’, architectural drawings, etc. are being attended to now, with the hope of commencing construction early January 2019. A new link road between the Chapel and commerce/science blocks is being constructed.
Fund Raising and Communications – A vigorous awareness campaign is in progress within Sri Lanka and overseas. Besides what has and is being posted in the Trinity 150 Website, Facebook, WhatsApp, &etc., presentations by the Principal to Old Boy Associations and Parent/Teacher Associations and one to one discussions by A&OC members with Batch Representatives, considerable work is being done by our Trinity150 Ambassadors Messrs. Kumar Sangakkara, M. V. Muhsin and Dilip Kumar. Much of their valuable time is devoted to the project, besides committing their personal funds. A series of meetings with Old Boys Associations are being (and yet to be), held in the USA, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
An FAQ is due to be posted on the Trinity150 website shortly to provide quick answers to old boys’ queries.
Rs. 30 mn. has been pledged by the Group of 1976/81 for Alison, and a further Rs. 4.5 mn. from other individual old boys, while the School has granted a start-up fund of Rs. 100 mn.