On an island all its own.
Child Development Center at Naval Station Pearl Harbor
Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific Division
- Design Services
- USGBC LEED Platinum Certified
In a state known more for its lush greenery than its 'green' buildings, Pearl Harbor has become the proud home of Hawaii's first LEED Platinum facility on a military base. Just how challenging of a design feat is it to obtain a Platinum certification? Less than 12% of new facilities annually earn this top designation.
The Child DevelopmentCenter at Naval Station Pearl Harbor in Hawaii is a showpiece in conservation and sustainability. The educational facility boasts rooftop integrated thin film photovoltaic panels which are placed on new carport structures and help to balance the facility's energy use. The center now functions as a "net-zero" building due to these sustainable advances. A 200 kw photovoltaic and solar thermal domestic water heating system was also added to the roof structure to provide 73.4% energy savings.
In addition to core learning areas, more than 300 students can participate in a green building education program which has been established throughout the facility to help engage the next generation. And when learning gives way to pure childhood fun, the central point of the facility, the playground, awaits. The large area includes massive tension fabric covers to protect students from the island sun.