Success Story: The Exchange 106: The construction game-changer

The Exchanger 106 illustration


KUALA LUMPUR: The Exchange 106 is ready to enter the scene as Kuala Lumpur’s latest architectural gem. It will become a central and functional part of the Tun Razak Exchange (TRX), a massive 70-acre development in the heart of Kuala Lumpur designed to become Malaysia’s international financial hub.

This mega structure will also transform the way the biggest and most complex infrastructure projects of the future are delivered. The development is undertaken by Mulia Property Development Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of the renowned Mulia Group of Indonesia.

China State Construction Engineering Corporation is the lead contractor overseeing this evolutionary infrastructure using new technologies and modern practices with a multi-national, highly-skilled professional workforce.

The company assures complete transparency and sharing of technologies and technical skills with their Malaysian counterparts in particular. High-rise construction expert Doka was selected as formwork technology partner based on its years of experience and use of innovative approaches.

New technologies used for this project include the tower crane and concrete pump which have the advantage of operational efficiency, with the potential to save time, labour and money, besides contributing to faster completion of the project.

In April 2017, the pouring of concrete for Exchange 106 on an area the size of eight Olympic size swimming pools was completed in about 48 hours, making it one of the largest concrete pours recorded globally.

“We actually designed the building specifically in a way that we could erect it and put it together very quickly. We developed a very specific strategy to fast-track the project and it went exactly the way we planned,” said Mulia’s Project Director Roland Suckling.

Another remarkable feature of the Exchange 106 structure is that, while work has been ongoing at the central core of the tower, the glass cladding too is being fixed simultaneously.

The core of the structure is made of reinforced concrete, and the floor slabs are of steel-composite design. Working closely with high-rise specialists, Doka developed a practical formwork and safety concept adapted to the tight construction schedule and the customer’s high safety requirements.

This luxurious skyscraper is being built with some of the most advanced and fast-track construction strategies while adhering to very high standards of safety and security.

Around 2,000 workers of various nationalities have been involved in the construction, working on 22-hour shifts every day of the week, enabling construction speed of one floor in just three days.

While new technologies have contributed to increased productivity, China State’s Safety Director Ying Yue Ming stressed:

“Safety and health of our workers are what we care about the most. Every week we conduct safety meetings and focus just on safety. Whatever the nationality of the workers we employ, all lives are equal for us.”

Upon completion, The Exchange 106 will be taller than the landmark Petronas Twin Towers. Topped with a 48 meter, 12-storeyed high illuminated crown at its peak, the tower will stand at 492.37 metres.

Designed to the highest specifications, The Exchange 106 is also environmentally sustainable, certified under the Green Building Index (GBI) and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

With MSC status, The Exchange 106 offers some of the latest in-building technology including high performance insulated glass, energy efficient MEP systems with Star rating, 100 percent LED lighting and state-of-the-art lift technologies.

The Exchange 106 will also feature high ceilings finished in English Burl wood, marble floors and walls of the highest quality in the lobbies and common areas, and large column-free office floor plates of up to 34,000 sq ft with long spans, designed for flexible layouts and open plan interior configurations.

A grand opening is scheduled for the third quarter of 2018 after which The Exchange 106 will take its place as another architectural landmark in Kuala Lumpur’s construction history.

[January 5, 2018]

This article is part of  CIDB Success Story series.