The Foundation Stone for constructing a new building for the Timber Process and Innovation Center (TPIC) and Center for sustainability attached to the Department of Forestry and Environmental Science was laid up by Prof. Laleen Karunanayake; Dean Faculty of Applied Sciences and Prof. Sudantha Liyanage; Dean of the Faculty of Technology.

Prof Hiran Amarasekara, Prof. Hemanthi Ranasinghe, Dr. Priyan Perera, and other members of the Department of Forestry and Environmental Science participated in the event.  This building will be constructed as a sustainable building that uses less energy.TPIC will enhance the introduction of Sri Lankan timber and timber-based products to the high-end global export market, and upon successful implementation, in future, this will perform as fully fledge self-sustainable center, which has been established under the Centre for Sustainability of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura to support the timber sector.

The Center for Sustainability is a body for environmental extension, research and community outreach unit, linked to the Department of Forestry and Environmental Science (DFES), University of Sri Jayewardenepura. They promote environmental protection and sustainable development in the country through industry support and productive University-Industry partnerships.