Keola Lai is a 44-story luxury residential condominium located in a historically significant area near downtown Honolulu. It was the first major project to fulfill the new state requirement to provide affordable housing units as part of the overall development. The building incorporates 10,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor; 500,000 square feet of living area for 350 residential units; and five levels of parking with approximately 700 parking spaces. The structure is posttensioned concrete, with over 500 linear feet of shear walls per floor. The exterior skin is a window wall system that incorporates slab edge covers to give the appearance of a curtain wall.
Nordic PCL provided design-assist services to help ensure budgets were met when construction inflation costs were at an all-time high in Hawaii and the project was already 5% over budget. Working diligently, Nordic PCL was able to provide value-engineering solutions to bring the project within budget. Ideas included a more affordable shade sail design to conceal parking areas, and the window wall system in lieu of a curtain wall.
2009 Build Hawaii Award of Excellence - Residential Construction More than $5 million - GCA of Hawaii
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