Punahou School K-1 Campus

Punahou School Kindergarten and 1st Grade Building

HONOLULU, HAWAII

GBCI Certified LEED Platinum

Provided the mechanical and electrical engineering design work for plumbing, ventilation, air conditioning, fire protection, power and lighting to support the renovation of the existing Wilcox Kindergarten Building and construction of the new 1st grade complex.  The new K-1 complex is the largest building in the islands with platinum certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, standards.

The new 1st grade building’s mechanical scope of work included providing plumbing to all plumbing fixtures throughout the building; providing DX split system air conditioning units and natural ventilation features for all classrooms; incorporation of LEED features including the use of Carbon Dioxide demand controlled ventilation, occupancy sensors, water saving fixtures, and renewable energy sources; coordinating site utility connections with the prime contractor’s civil engineer; and providing fire sprinkler protection in each building if desired by the school.

The Wilcox Building had both mechanical and electrical engineering design work.  The mechanical scope of the project included removing the existing DX split systems and all existing plumbing features; providing new DX split air conditioning and natural ventilation features for all classrooms; providing new plumbing throughout the building; providing fire sprinkler protection throughout the building; and incorporating LEED features.

The electrical scope of work included removing existing lighting, receptacles, conduits, and electrical systems throughout the existing Wilcox Building; providing new power/telecommunication devices, fire alarm, and lighting to support the renovation of the Wilcox Hall; providing new power and telecommunications distribution to the Punahou K-1 campus; providing power/telecommunication devices, fire alarm, and lighting systems to the new classroom buildings as well as the Amphitheater and exterior site areas on the Punahou K-1 campus; and incorporating LEED features as much as possible.

In an effort to provide for as much as 60% of energy costs with on-site renewable energy, approximately 1,350 solar photovoltaic modules will be installed on the Punahou K-1 campus for a total system size of 270 kW.  Solar modules will be installed on the roofs of all buildings on the Punahou K-1 campus with the exception of Wilcox Hall, as well as on covered walkway canopies.  Additionally, electrical systems will be individually monitored and metered in order to track energy usage and savings on campus.

Estimated Construction Cost:  $20,000,000