Building Industry Magazine - November 2011 - (Page 6)

Pali Momi ER and Pharmacy Renovation Complete Pali Momi Medical Center completed a $2.7 million renovation to its pharmacy and emergency department in October, the first phase of a larger, multiphase project. Begun in June 2010 and performed by general contractor Constructors Hawaii, Inc., the project realigned corridors to create better traffic flow for patients and staff. The ER reception area also was expanded from 378 square feet to 610 square feet and a new HEPA air filtering system installed to provide better cooling and cleaner air, while new finishes and furniture add comfort for patients and family. In addition, the project also opened the department to a soothing view of the hospital’s landmark fountain, Aina Lani. “This project provides our facility with the infrastructure to maintain its compliance with USP 797, an enforceable regulation put forth by the U.S. Pharmacopoeia that governs a wide range of pharmacy policies and procedures,” explains Jen H. Chahanovich, chief operating officer of Pali Momi. “The goal of USP 797 is to cut down on infections transmitted to patients through NewsBeat Renovations to Pali Momi’s pharmacy and emergency department (shown here) were completed in October. pharmaceuticals and also provide greater safety to workers preparing the medications.” While there was no single aesthetic for the renovation (the pharmacy sought a clean, simple and bright design while the emergency department opted for “warm, healing, soothing and rich”), the medical center tried to maintain consistency and achieve smooth transitions with the existing spaces throughout, says Chahanovich. Overall, the project helps to improve the patient’s experience at Pali Momi Medical Center. “The extra space provides an area for visitors to be comfortable and in close proximity to the staff when their loved ones are in the emergency department,” Chahanovich says, and “the additional triage room is helpful during peak times. It allows us to have a physician in the triage area, which enables our patients to see an emergency department physician very quickly upon arrival.” Chahanovich concludes, “Pali Momi’s emergency department plays an important role in the community and this renovation was necessary to meet the growing needs of West Oahu.” Kapolei Low-Income Housing Poised to Start center and parks. The units are expected to be ready for occupancy approximately a year after the start of construction. The architect is Clifford Projects, Inc. and the general contractor is Vertical Construction, a subsidiary of D.R. Horton, Schuler Division. Financing for the first phase is through tax-exempt revenue bonds from the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corp. Funding for the remaining 188 units in the second phase has yet to be secured. The project is targeted to families with incomes between 30 percent and 60 percent of Honolulu’s median income. “There’s an extraordinary need for affordable rental housing in Hawaii and so projects like these are critically needed to help the families that we serve,” says David Nakamura, executive director of Mutual Housing. Rendering of Kooloaula townhome units — construction of the first 120 units will hopefully begin before year’s end. Mutual Housing Association of Hawaii, a nonprofit developer of affordable rentals, hopes to start construction before the end of the year on Kooloaula, a KO`OLOA`ULA TOWNHOUSE III & IV 308-unit, low-income rental project in East Kapolei. EXTERIOR ELEVATIONS 12/08/2010 The first phase – estimated to cost $35 million – will involve building 120 one to four-bedroom units on eight acres of state-owned land along with a community 6 | BUILDING INDUSTRY | NOVEMBER 2011

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Building Industry Magazine - November 2011

Kapolei Low-Income Housing Poised to Start
Construction Starts for Habitat Project
Kahi Mohala Renovation Blessed
AIA Hosts Sixth Canstruction Competition
Best Practices
East Oahu Residential Project Breaks Ground
Contracts Awarded
Concept to Completion: CVS/Longs Kapolei Distribution Center
Construction Equipment - FEATURE
Inside the BIA FEATURE
Continued Success for PBTE
Spotlight on Success: CACTF, Kahuku Training Area
Low Bids
News MakerS
New Products

Building Industry Magazine - November 2011