KCLA - MIDA | Malaysian Investment Development Authority
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When it comes to designing and building manufacturing facilities that are not only functional but also innovative and sustainable, KCLA, a Malaysian-based architectural design and engineering firm, is in a league of its own. With a portfolio of numerous successful projects for well-known manufacturing plants, the firm has established itself as a leader in the industry and a “go-to” choice for companies looking to build high-tech facilities.


One of KCLA’s greatest strengths is its team of experts. With experienced key personnel working on similar projects and a deep understanding of technical know-how in design and project management, the firm can fast-track projects and deliver results promptly and efficiently. A balanced team with skills in competitive cost structure and superior technical capabilities, allows the firm to utilise optimal expertise on government requirements, project and commercial management, as well as value engineering.


KCLA’s commitment to excellence is not limited to the functional and technical aspects of the facilities; the firm’s architects and engineers are also experts in creating high-performance and visually stunning sustainable spaces. From using high-end materials to incorporating green building concepts, KCLA’s facilities are functional, sustainable, and visually impressive.


As decarbonisation efforts gain momentum globally, KCLA is deeply committed to incorporating and promoting sustainability in its project. The firm understands the importance of minimising the carbon footprint of its projects and incorporates sustainable elements such as rainwater harvesting, solar Photovoltaic (PV) technology, and green roofs into its designs. They are also known for designing green buildings, which helps reduce the facility’s environmental impact and long-term operating costs for the client.


KCLA uses sustainable materials and construction techniques, incorporating energy-efficient systems and renewable energy sources and promoting the health and well-being of the building’s occupants. By designing green buildings, KCLA is also helping to create a healthier, more efficient, and more cost-effective space for its clients. KCLA’s commitment to sustainability is not limited to the design and construction of its projects but extends to its ongoing operations and maintenance. The company works closely with its clients to ensure that its facilities are environmentally responsible and that energy-efficient practices are implemented.


One of KCLA’s most recent projects was designing and constructing a state-of-the-art wafer fab facility in Kulim. The building envelope is designed to improve energy consumption by minimising solar heat gain through the building envelope by implementing an Energy Management Control System. The roof of the building is designed to implement a solar photovoltaic (PV) system, and the external wall cladding consists of an insulated panel that provides excellent fire resistance, and thermal insulation, reducing the Overall Thermal Transfer Value (OTTV). Materials and finishes t that contain low volatile organic compounds (VOC) and formaldehyde were used throughout the building’s internal floor, wall, and ceiling coating as well as the sealants to minimise detrimental impact on occupants’ health.

Ir. Roshan Thamarakshan

Principal MEP Engineer

What sets KCLA apart from other firms in the industry, is its capability to deliver a complex and challenging high-tech project on an accelerated schedule. KCLA collaborates strategically with global companies and local experts to deliver high-quality projects in architecture, civil and structural engineering, mechanical engineering, as well as landscape and interior design. KCLA has maintained good relationships with government agencies, especially with MIDA, the government’s principal agency responsible for overseeing and driving investment into Malaysia’s manufacturing and services sectors. MIDA has been a valuable mentor for KCLA, providing support and guidance throughout the authority permitting process to ensure that projects meet all regulatory requirements and adhere to the time schedules. The guidance has allowed KCLA to deliver projects effectively and promptly. KCLA has also leveraged MIDA’s extensive network of industry experts and professionals to stay current on the latest trends and technologies in the manufacturing sector. This has enabled them to design and build functional and efficient facilities and incorporate the latest advancements in technology.

Ar. Lau Kian Chuan

Principal Architect, Founder

KCLA’s successful architecture design and engineering projects for numerous well-known manufacturing plants in Malaysia are a testament to the company’s expertise and commitment to excellence. The firm’s strong relationship with the government agencies including MIDA, have been a critical factor in their success, providing valuable support and resources to help them deliver projects that meet increasingly demanding expectations. With the continued support of MIDA, KCLA is well-positioned to continue delivering high-tech manufacturing facilities for companies in Malaysia and beyond borders. This is a prime example of how a collaboration between the private and public sectors can lead to the success of a business and the country.