LEED AWARD DESIGNATION FOR UH MEDICAL SCHOOL
Date: December 05, 2008
UH President McClain, Chancellor Hinshaw, Dean Hedges, Former Dean Cadman
THE JOHN A. BURNS SCHOOL OF MEDICINE's Kaka‘ako complex has received national recognition as an environmentally responsible and healthy place to learn and work.
The school was awarded a plaque certifying it as a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) complex. Attending the ceremony were UH President David McClain, UH Manoa Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw, Dean Jerris Hedges and former Dean Ed Cadman.
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The plaque, presented by the U.S. Green Building Council, was unveiled at the school’s Medical Education Building in a ceremony at 2 p.m. on December 5, 2008.LEED recognizes the school of medicine’s accomplishments in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
The process involved the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, the architectural and engineering design team and the contractor. The team collaborated during design, construction, and post-occupancy to document how the UH John A. Burns School of Medicine met the requirements.
The certification demonstrates the team has implemented sustainable practices into the design, construction and operations of the John A. Burns School of Medicine’s Kaka‘ako complex.
The benefits at the school cited by the U.S. Green Building Council include:
•Enhanced learning environments for students
•Healthy and productive work environments for staff
•Reduced waste sent to O‘ahu’s landfills (Kaka‘ako site is a former city refuse area)
•Reduced greenhouse gas emissions
•Significant energy and water savings
•Lower operating costs
The Honolulu Board of Water Supply (BWS) helped develop a Cold Seawater Cooling System at the John A. Burns School of Medicine which saves an estimated 25 million gallons of drinking water and almost $1 million in air conditioning costs every year. The installation of low-flow fixtures and occupant sensors at the school reduce the demand on the municipal water supply by more than 20%.
The buildings also feature “light shelves” over windows which reflect sunlight inside, to reduce the need for artificial lighting. Occupancy motion sensors in the lighting system further conserves the use of electricity.
Even cleaning products used in the building are “green certified”, and the Kulia Grill uses take-out packages and utensils made from recycled material.
The school’s project team included Architects Hawaii Ltd. (Architect and Interior Designer); SSFM International (Structural Engineer); Thermal Engineering Corporation (Mechanical Engineer); Ronald Ho & Associates (Electrical Engineer); Mitsunaga & Associations (Civil Engineer); Miyabara & Associates (Landscape Architect) ENSAR Group (Sustainability Consultants); Marc Siah & Associations (Deep Well Cooling Systems Consultant); Honolulu Cooling Network (BWS District Cooling Consultant); Hawaiian Dredging/Kajima (General Contractor); Thompson Matheny Corporation (Owner’s Project Manager); and Francis Blanco, Director of John A. Burns School of Medicine Facilities.