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Published by SchoolAdvisor on Nov 07, 2019, 08:50 AM

The new Ampang Hilir campus of The International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL) was awarded The Edge Malaysia- Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia (PAM) Green Excellence Award 2019 at a gala dinner on 31 October 2019. Designed by global architects HOK in collaboration with Malaysian architectural partner VERITAS Design Group, ISKL’s state-of-the-art campus was recognised for demonstrating sustainable design which is both innovative and outstanding while contributing positively to the community. The Award was accepted by ISKL Board member John Beattie who was Chairman of the Building and Facilities Committee throughout the construction of the new campus.

Pictured here with the award are Ng Yiek Seng (Principal, Veritas Architects), Lilian Tan (PAM President), Peter Casey (MS Principal, ISKL), John Beattie (Board Member, ISKL), and Khalifah Jamaludin (Managing Director, Veritas Landscape)

Entries were judged based on innovation (above the industry standard required by Green Building Index (GBI), US rating standard Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, BCA Green Mark or other similarly recognised green building certification), design, sustainability, relevance to the community, implementation and cost-efficiency. The five-member judging panel comprised representatives from PAM, GBI, and The Edge Malaysia.

In addition to The Edge Green Excellence Award 2019, ISKL’s 26-acre state-of-the-art campus has also received the PAM (Malaysian Institute of Architects) 2019 Gold Award for a new building in the field of Education, and the Cityscape Global Award 2019 for Sustainability. Sunway Construction also received the Contractor of the Year Award at the Malaysian Construction Industry Excellence Awards 2018. The prestigious awards organised by Construction Industry Development Board gives recognition to industry players on their contribution and outstanding performance throughout the year and their construction of ISKL’s campus was one of the main projects submitted as part of the judging process. In addition, ISKL is the first school to achieve Malaysia’s Green Building Index Platinum rating for sustainable design.

ISKL’s Head of School, Mr Rami Madani said ISKL was honoured by the awards bestowed upon the new campus which opened in August 2018. Mr Madani said, “It is truly rewarding to see our commitment to sustainability recognised by leading Malaysian and global industry bodies. From the outset, the brief to the design team was to support our commitment to a sustainable future. The ultimate goal was to create low energy, low carbon campus that maximises biodiversity, provides educational opportunities, and at the same time creates the optimum 21st Century learning environment for our students.” Mr Madani continued, “Delivering any major development is always challenging, and the cross-section of awards received for our campus demonstrates we achieved this goal. Our vision has been realised through a successful partnership between ISKL’s community, designers HOK, Veritas and AECOM, and the contractor Sunway Construction.” The awards are a testament to the robust stakeholder engagement environment that was created and ISKL’s unwavering commitment to creating a sustainable campus.

About ISKL

Established in 1965, The International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL) has become known as a centre of excellence in the world of international education. ISKL is a co-educational, private, not-for-profit school responsible for the learning journey of over 1,700 students aged 3-18 years from more than 60 countries at its state-of-the-art Ampang Hilir campus in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. ISKL offers a robust international curriculum which combines leading North American educational frameworks with global best practice. The curriculum recognizes that students are on a lifelong learning journey and is driven by ISKL’s mission to challenge each student to “Be All You Are” and develop the attitudes, skills, knowledge, and understanding to become a highly successful, spirited, socially responsible global citizen.

ISKL is the longest-running IB World School in Malaysia and has been authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization to provide the prestigious International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) since 1989. In addition to the full IBDP, students also have the option of combining individual IB, Advanced Placement and High School Diploma courses to create a customized program tailored to their abilities, interests, and aspirations. The flexibility of ISKL’s academic program creates global opportunities; the graduating class of 2019 received more than 400 acceptances from over 200 universities in 14 countries spanning four continents.

ISKL is accredited internationally through the Council of International Schools (CIS), and in the United States through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). ISKL has a strong focus on service and sustainability across its divisions and is a member of the Eco-Schools organization and the Green Schools Alliance.

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