East Kapolei Middle School

Project Size:
212,000 SF

Ferraro Choi and Miller Hull of Seattle, teamed together to design a 212,000 square-foot middle school in the Campbell-Kapolei Complex Area. Originally conceived through the community-based design process and Department of Education (DOE) objectives, this new campus will provide a superior learning environment.

By combining the best of 21st Century learning principles in the design of instructional spaces and comfortable outdoor learning areas, this campus will offer students a comfortable and nurturing academic environment. A guiding principle of the school’s design is to place high visibility and focus on the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) classrooms as envisioned by Project Lead the Way. Because different children learn in different ways, a variety of spaces support varying learning styles and groups, while the school’s classrooms are able to be reconfigured easily, either with furniture or moveable displays, to provide for both active and reflective learning.

Phase 1 is scheduled to be completed in 2020 and includes 3-story classroom buildings and administration, student center, library, cafeteria, and music areas. Future phases will include two additional 3-story classroom buildings, a physical education building, and both covered and outdoor play courts. The project is currently on track to be the first HI-CHPS* Verified whole campus in the nation.

*HI-CHPS (Hawaii – Collaborative for High-Performance Schools) is a school-focused metric of sustainable design resulting in healthy, comfortable and high-performance learning environments. The DOE adopted the national CHPS rating system in 2012 with modifications to suit Hawaii and the DOE system. In comparison to LEED, HI-CHPS is school-centric and focuses on the needs of a high-performance learning environment within the context of culture and micro-climate.