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Governor, Federal Leaders Celebrate Completion of Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse Modernization Project

January 22, 2015

HONOLULU — Today, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), the U.S. District Court, District of Hawaii, Governor David Ige and local leaders gathered to celebrate the completion of a major renovation project at the Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse. A ribbon cutting ceremony was held in the building’s central courtyard to commemorate the newly-modernized courthouse and the significant role it plays in the community.

The 32-year-old Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, named in honor of one of Hawaii’s first representatives to Congress, received funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for the design of a modernized federal complex and full renovation of the courthouse portion of the facility. This project not only updated major building systems to provide 30-plus years of useful life, it also transformed the existing building into a high-performance green building and provides an efficient and model interior workplace for federal tenants. Overall, the “greening” of the building is expected to reduce energy consumption by approximately 30 percent, reduce water consumption by 20 percent, and qualify the building for a LEED® Gold designation under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system.

Key Facts:

  • Location: 300 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu, HI
  • Project Size: Aprox. 862,000 Gross Square Feet (GSF)
  • Total Funding: $120.4 Million
  • Major Tenants: U.S. District Court, District of Hawaii; U.S. Customs and Border Protection; U.S. Coast Guard; U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Hawaii; Social Security Administration; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; and U.S. Marshals Service, District of Hawaii

Project Goals:

  • Modernize the major building systems to provide 30+ years of useful life
  • Transform the building into a high-performance green building
  • Decrease energy use by 30%
  • Provide an efficient and model interior workspace
  • Update security to current standards
  • Architectural improvements to enhance and be responsive to the distinct architectural statement of the building

Project Overview:

  • Designed two-part modernization and renovation project for the 32-year-old federal campus (Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse), and fully renovated the Courthouse portion of the facility
    • Modernized eight federal and magistrate courtrooms and 12 judges’ chambers
  • Realigned office space to better accommodate tenant needs while reducing energy and water consumption, improving quality of workspaces, and incorporating sustainable design technology
    • Replaced core mechanical, electrical, life-safety and plumbing infrastructure
    • Installed energy-efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems
    • Upgraded electrical power systems, fire alarm systems and other life-safety capabilities
    • Incorporated energy-efficient lighting to reduce energy consumption and water conserving plumbing fixtures and new sprinklers
  • 75kW photovoltaic solar panels installed to fill 7 percent of the Courthouse’s energy requirements
  • Remodeled public lobbies, common area corridors, and restrooms and improved accessibility for visitors and employees
  • Constructed a new, centralized entry pavilion providing a modern, spacious security screening area for visitors and employees
  • Remodeled the Federal Building’s second floor to accommodate tenant requirements

Dan R. Brown, Acting Public Buildings Service Regional Commissioner for GSA’s Pacific Rim Region said:
“In today’s environment, sustainability and stewardship are key drivers in the design and maintenance of our federal portfolio. GSA recognizes that we not only have an obligation to support sustainability within the federal government by reducing cost of operations and the environmental impact of its buildings, but also to provide workspaces that will reshape the culture of the federal workforce.”

Chief Judge Susan Oki Mollway said:
"The district court is delighted to welcome litigants and the public into the newly renovated courthouse, which we hope they will find an improved environment in which their cases can be resolved."

Speakers at the ribbon cutting ceremony included: Governor David Ige; The Honorable Colleen Hanabusa, former Representative for Hawaii’s 1st Congressional District; The Honorable Susan Oki Mollway, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, District of Hawaii; The Honorable Susan Graber, Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; Mr. Dan R. Brown, GSA Acting Public Buildings Service Regional Commissioner for the Pacific Rim Region; Ms. Kehau Yap, Constituent Services Manager and Community Liaison for Senator Mazie Hirono; Mr. Walt Kaneakua, District Director for Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard; and Mr. Steve Weindel, Gensler.

GSA received more than $5.5 billion under the Recovery Act to convert federal facilities into high-performance green buildings and construct energy-efficient federal buildings, courthouses, and land ports of entry. In addition to creating jobs, these projects are delivering lasting progress toward building a more sustainable national infrastructure while reducing the federal government's consumption of energy and water, and increasing the use of clean and renewable sources of energy.

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