The Kamehamehameha Schools Kapalama Middle School is a new state-of-the-art educational facility for Native Hawaiian seventh and eighth graders. The school features open-learning classrooms, a library, performing arts rooms, administrative offices, and a cafetorium flanking a courtyard. It also incorporates many sustainable design features.
The project consisted of the abatement and demolition of nine existing structures, followed by the construction of the new building and central chiller plant. Keliimaikai is a 74,210-square-foot, three-story classroom building; Kaoleioku is a 37,705-square-foot, two-story administration building.
Nordic PCL encountered logistical challenges, from unforeseen conditions to working on an active campus with over 3,000 students, that required detailed communication about road and utility shutdowns.
The middle school site was located over the existing campus utility loops, of which the locations were unknown. When the lines where discovered, coordination was inevitably required with the school. Nordic PCL came up with the idea of crushing the concrete structure of the previous building and recycling it as infill. This not only saved the cost of purchasing new material, but was considered very environmentally conscious as it used up fewer natural resources.
Nordic PCL paid a lot of attention to the end user on this project. The project team conducted tours for the principal and teachers approximately once a month for the last six months so that they would be already acquainted when the school opened.