Malaysia : Tallest tower seeks for green building certification

Merdeka PNB118, once named Warisan Merdeka, is the tallest tower of mixed-used development projects in Malaysia. The official launching was announced by Turner Construction Co last week, with the Prime Minister seen joining the ceremony.

As part of a 19-acre mixed-used complex, this 118-story tower is set to be completed in 2020 and will become the global headquarters for developer company Permodalan National Berhad in occupying 60 floors of the building. The remaining 23 levels of commercial space is rentable, while a 236-key, 18-story luxury hotel with multiple sky lobbies and observation decks will also be situated in the premise.

According to Peter Ramstedt, Turner’s Project Director, the Merdeka PNB118 tower project is built through their extensive knowledge and experience on managing landmark projects in Southeast Asia, as well as their experience in delivering technically sophisticated, mega-tall structures in emerging cities.

Aiming to become an iconic landmark, the tower will soon become an attractive investment and tourism destination in Kuala Lumpur by defining a “new” Malaysia, added Peter Ramstedt. The high-rise tower is designed by Australia-based firm Fender Katsalidis Architects and will be named as the world’s fifth tallest building.

The Merdeka PNB118 is also planning to be a green building, seeking for sustainability certifications such as LEED platinum, the Malaysian Green Building Index, the Malaysian GreenRE program, in addition to MSC Malaysia Cybercentre status.

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