The Malaysian Timber Council (MTC) inked a historic tripartite corporate-public-private sector collaboration with the Public Works Department (PWD) and Ahmad Asmadi Architecture (A3) to jointly promote and adopt Glulam-based designs Government-funded projects in Malaysia.

Under the terms of the MOU, A3 will prepare the design concept and technical design development. The PWD will provide engineering design, including detailing and specifications to enhance the capability to design Glulam structures and monitor the project while the MTC will engage a suitably qualified structural engineer to check, evaluate and verify the engineering details prepared for the design footprint of a Glulam surau.

Glulam, or glued-laminated timber is a versatile timber construction material which is flexible, stronger than steel, fire resistant, easy to machine and assemble, and most importantly, ecologically sustainable.

Structural glued-laminated timber is manufactured by bonding assemblies of high-strength, kiln-dried lumber, with waterproof adhesives. The laminating process in glulam allows timber to be used for much longer spans, heavier loads and more complex shapes in construction, giving engineers and architects the freedom to think outside the box and design a variety of shapes, including straight beams to graceful, curved arches – without compromising on structural or strength requirements.