Architectural elements unite to represent significant aspects of Hawaiian culture.
The Kapi’olani Medical Center for Women & Children in Honolulu, HI needed more room for patients, yet had to remain open during renovations. In addition, changes to the building had to take place on a limited lot size. It was also imperative that the exterior reflected symbolic elements of Hawaiian culture as part of its design.
The design team implemented Formawall horizontal panels in Crystal Zinc, Brown, and Midnight Bronze across the 260,000 square-foot Medical Center façade.
“It was important that the design symbolized the concepts behind it,” explains Mike Goertzen, project architect with HDR Architecture. “To communicate key aesthetic elements, we selected CENTRIA panels in specific colors. For example, the charcoal CENTRIA panels on the elevator tower represent the native basalt stone on the islands, and the grey panels on the “C” shape across the façade were selected to symbolize an open seashell.”
Formawall panels not only enabled the creation of specific aesthetic elements, but they were also ideal for the site conditions, which did not leave a great deal of room for maneuvering complex and heavy materials.
“CENTRIA provided our design and engineering team with the technical support needed to put this together, and the contractor was very familiar with the company and its products,” says Goertzen. “Without this support and knowledge from both CENTRIA and the contractor, we would not have been able to put this together within our tight timeline.”
The pediatric intensive care unit was tripled in size to make room for 26 private, adaptable rooms, and 24 new beds were added to bring the hospital’s total to 70 beds. In addition, because of the product’s lightweight nature, the day-to-day operations were not disturbed, allowing patients and families to continue to use the Medical Center.