KAI Hawaii’s broad experience in designing buildings and facilities for institutional clients has contributed to our functional and value‐driven design approach. Projects include facilities for public and private schools, recreation and sports programs, health care and medical services, churches, criminal justice and military support. Complex and unique restoration projects, projects involving sustainable design and homeland security issues are also part of the company design expertise.
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Scope: This project consists of 2 buildings, the Navy Administration Building and the Retail Center. Two-story, 50,000 square feet office building plus two one-story retail buildings of 30,800 square feet for 21 tenants.
This project received the 2007 GCA Build Hawaii Award – Design-Build/Design-Assist Construction.
Scope: This project consists of a new consolidated fitness center with gross area of 61,500 square feet.
The complex consists of one story gymnasium with 17360 sf , one story fitness area with 15250 sf and two story building with locker rooms located at the first floor , fitness classes two 2000 sf racquet ball courts located at the second floor and mechanical mezzanine located at the third floor .
The exterior walls are 10 inches and 8 inches thick concrete precast shear and bearing walls with height varies from 55 ft to 20 feet. The roof structural system consists of 26.5 ft long steel joist bearing on 119 ft long steel joist girders . The second floor structural framing at the class rooms and the racquet ball courts consists of composite steel girders and beams supporting 4.5 inches thick concrete topping with 1.5 inches deep metal deck.
Scope: Sub-Consultant for the construction of a joint military training center for the Hawaii Army National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserve at the Keaukaha Military Reservation. The project consists of six main one-story buildings totaling 112,132 square feet on a 19.42-acre site:
- Lobby/Community Services Building – 6,500 square feet
- Administration/Unit Storage Building – 55,000 square feet
- Assembly Hall/Physical Fitness Building (Assembly Hall, Physical Fitness Room, Kitchen, Lockers, Showers) – 16,000 square feet
- Classroom Building (Classrooms, Library, Learning Center, Distance Learning Center) – 9,000 SF
- USAR OMS/AMSA Joint HIARNG Maintenance Training Bay (Vehicle Maintenance Building) with separate buildings for Flammable Materials Storage and Controlled Waste Handling Facility – 14,000 square feet
- State Maintenance Building – 5,500 square feet.
Scope: Design the expansion to an existing 7-story medical office building. The expansion consisted of a four-story addition with 6,500 square feet per floor, for a total expansion of 26,000 square feet to the building. The four-story addition was constructed on top of an existing five level parking structure with accommodations made to allow for the building to be functional and occupied by the current tenants. The existing building with the tower addition was evaluated for wind and seismic forces using 3-dimensional computer modeling of the structural framing system.
Scope: Hawaii Hall is the University’s first significant building, built in 1912. It is in the Register of Historic Places and is designated a Historic Building. It is a three-story structure with the first level one-half story below grade. The perimeter walls are reinforced concrete and the interior framing is wood construction. A comprehensive evaluation for the renovation of the building was undertaken which included a structural integrity evaluation and testing and development of schemes for renovation of the deteriorated building. Testing was used to determine the material properties of the building elements that could not be replaced. All schemes for strengthening and repair of the deteriorated elements were developed with the intent of preserving the existing building elements and their appearance.
A new lateral load resisting structural system was required due to the heavier floors and needed to be updated to meet current Building Codes. An original or innovative approach was taken where three different lateral systems were molded. One model included just the existing exterior building walls, another with just the proposed new concrete shear walls, and the last was using both the existing and new shear walls. The existing perimeter walls were found to be extremely rigid or stiff relative to the new shear walls placed within the footprint that would absorb all new wind and earthquake forces. In all the models the existing walls were found to have adequate shear capacity to support the new loads however it could not be relied upon since it did not meet the specific detailing requirements for ductility in the Uniform Building Code. Retrofitting of the existing exterior walls conventionally or with carbon fiber would be extremely expensive, so it was decided to design the new concrete walls to take the entire lateral loads thus meeting the Uniform Building Code requirement.