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PKT’s One Logistics Hub in Shah Alam is designed to be green, innovative and a place that workers look forward to going in the morning, writes MEK ZHIN.

PEOPLE say never judge a book by its cover, but one can’t help but notice Datuk Michael Tio influence at One Logistics Hub, the heart of PKT Logistics Group Sdn Bhd, where he is group chief executive and managing director.

Built on a 10.9ha land in Shah Alam, the RM160mil hub consists of three structures, namely The Ship, a 180,000 sq ft cross-dock distribution centre; The Waves, a 380,000 sq ft regional distribution centre.

And finally, there’s The Lighthouse, a 200,000 sq ft multi-storey distribution centre and crowning glory of the lot.

“A lighthouse guides ships to safety. It is like a beacon of hope and guidance. I myself seem to be playing this role with my staff, people who know me and even to other companies,” Tio explains.

He says he has had many visitors coming through the company’s doors and leaving inspired.

The 160mil state-of-the-art centre adopts a green concept with The Lighthouse achieving Gold Green Building Index certification.

The property’s energy-efficient features include rainwater harvesting, the use of aluminium louvres for natural ventilation and indirect lighting for the warehouses, heat-insulation and even an innovative landscaping approach that grows pineapples, offering a measure of cooling effect as well as generating income.

True to his vision, The Lighthouse has become a place that people aim to go to, seeing how it houses the best facilities for the staff, including a gym that is much larger and carries a wider range of equipment in comparison to the older office gym at The Ship.

To gain access into the SkyGym, one has to achieve the highest level in the company’s gym rewards system. This means logging at least 150 hours of gym time in a year.

The building also houses the very popular SkySpa and a specially-designed, larger lounge area where staff are allowed to use for work if they choose to do so.

“I know quite a number of our staff actually arrive to work early to use the SkySpa for their morning shower. They tell me it’s because the one here is much nicer and better than the one in their own home!” he says.

There are also six areas in the building, mainly relaxation spots, that feature designs inspired by location Tio visited together with his management team on their annual company trips. They include Kirawira camp in the Serengeti and Lake Agnes Tea House in the Canadian Rockies.

Tio, who sometimes go by the moniker DMT, likes referring to PKT Logistics as a ‘googly’ company, in a tribute to Google, a company known for its unusual, innovative and vibrant working environment.

He adds that his favourite floor, which he is considering calling DMT’s Kitchen, was inspired by Jamie Oliver’s kitchen.

The Lighthouse also houses a feeder campus of ALC College, which takes up six floors of the building for its lecture hall, classrooms, lounges, library, student council room and more.

Currently, they have some 70 students studying there, and they are expected to continue with their education at the main campus in Klang which now has 800 students.

Along with other diploma and bachelor degree programmes, the ACL also offers a losgistics management course.

With a total of 760,000 sq ft in total built-up area and built at a cost of RM120mil, One Logistics Hub is known as one of the biggest logistics site in South-East Asia.

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