Kapiolani Construction Update:
On Friday October 6th, we successfully installed a temporary transformer at Kapiolani Medical Center that allowed us to turn off the generators we have been running. We sincerely apologize to our neighbors for the noise disturbance and thank them for their patience. They have been very understanding of the fact that this was an unexpected situation but necessary in order for us to continue to care for our patients.
In February 2013, a new, 17-floor parking tower was opened to better serve our patients, visitors, physicians and staff. Inadequate parking had long been an issue for our growing medical center and the new tower offers 992 full-sized stalls. The structure, designed by Architects Hawaii, Ltd. With general contracting by dck pacific construction, LLC, was fully funded by tax-exempt revenue bonds. Public parking is on the lower floors with the top floors reserved for staff parking. The eco-friendly garage features photovoltaic panels on the roof, bright and open spaces to increase airflow and natural light, and a textured concrete exterior to minimize cleaning needs. There are also designated charging stalls for electric vehicles.
Building a 17-story parking garage is no easy feat! Here are some interesting construction facts about our new garage:
- 137 miles of post-tension cable were placed – long enough to stretch from Oahu to Kauai.
- 11,090 tons of waste was recycled – more than 100 truckloads were diverted from the landfill.
- 12,040 tons of rebar were placed – weighing as much as seven Boeing 777 airplanes.
- 115,500 cubic yards of concrete were poured – enough for 60 miles of sidewalk from Hawaii Kai to Mililani and back!
Now that the new garage is open, we can start on our master plan to rebuild the hospital. Over the next nine months, construction crews will be in the “make ready” phase and will be working on a variety of projects:
- July 2013 — Utilities underground work. Development of covered pedestrian walkway from the new garage to the main hospital.
- October 2013 — Demolition of the old parking garage.
- February 2014 — Construction of the new NICU-PICU Tower begins.