Working in collaboration with our local office in Hawaii, our specialist teams provided mechanical, electrical and plumbing support, lighting design and energy modelling to demonstrate energy savings beyond the baseline design, enabling the project to achieve LEED Gold certification.
Building features include an optimized envelope to minimize air-conditioning loads, high-performance lighting design to reduce shadows and maximize use of daylight, ultra-efficient plumbing fixtures, and the use of waste heat from the condenser system for temperature control. The laboratory neighbourhoods are designed to promote collaboration between researchers, as well as to reduce the number of air changes required, by separating offices from lab space. Cooling was a particular challenge, as the building sits on Honolulu’s hot, humid coastal plain, so we introduced innovative chilled beam technology as part of a low-energy HVAC system supplying fresh air at the correct temperature to the clinical and lab facilities.
The project was completed three months ahead of schedule and substantially under budget.