The Sullivan Center for Innovation & Leadership is the centerpiece of Iolani School's 150th anniversary.The four-story, 42,000-square-foot building is located in the middle of the upper school, and it contains a library, robotics and media labs, a senior lounge, and extensive flex space.
Sustainable features include a reverse-slope curtain wall design that provides continuous shade, architectural light shelves, a modular green roof system, and low-emission finishes. The project received LEED Gold certification, and it is also anticipated to be the first school to receive the stringent HI-CHPS Verified rating.
Design-assist preconstruction started in June 2011 and continued through construction start in June 2012. Through the process, Nordic PCL determined that the original precast concrete design was too heavy for the site, and they were able to change the structure quickly without affecting the start date.
The school community was actively involved with and included in this project: from kindergarteners creating their own construction memory books and art students painting the safety fence, to the fourth-grade Boy Scout troop touring the site to earn their engineering badges and a science teacher conducting mass experiments on the auger cast concrete, the construction team included far more than just Nordic PCLers.