University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Edmondson Hall

Honolulu, O‘ahu

Full down-to-structure renovation of a 4-story, 50-year old building. Coordination of complex utilities layered and altered over various decades, construction on a congested site with adjacent buildings in operations, upgrade of the old existing building shell with new, energy efficient windows and sunshades.

Edmondson Hall is a center of life sciences at UH Mānoa and is home to the departments of Zoology, Biology and the Marine Option Program. The Edmundson Hall renovation reorganizes research labs, teaching labs, support spaces, and administrative / office spaces for greater efficiency and synergy and provides the University with highly flexible lab spaces for scientific collaboration and interdisciplinary activity.

The existing building plans have grown organically through the years, resulting in an extremely fractured and inefficient organization. The renovation reorganized the various building programs throughout the floors for greater efficiency, collaboration and improved way-finding and adaptability. The project included energy-saving features like new energy efficient A/C system, efficient lighting, new electrical, fire alarm, fire sprinklers and plumbing system, new emergency generator, and the addition of a metering system that will allow the University to manage electrical usage in the facility.

Client: University of Hawai‘i

Location: Honolulu, O‘ahu

Size: 46,000 SF

Completion: 2013