2011 AIA Honolulu Design Award
2011 NAIOP Kukulu Hale Award
2012 Hawaii Green Business Award
5,000 square feet
LEED Platinum

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The new offices for Ferraro Choi involved the renovation of a long vacated portion of the fifth floor of the 1960’s modern IBM Office Building designed by the famed architect Vladimir Ossipoff, FAIA. The scope for the project included 5,000 square feet of new office space for the firm’s 25 employees including general open office areas, four private offices, two private conference rooms, informal meeting areas, reception area, materials/resources library, employee lounge, mail/copy/print room, secure fileserver room, and support storage/utility areas.

The firm’s primary design objective was to provide an open, light-filled environment allowing sweeping views of Ala Moana Beach Park and the Pacific Ocean beyond. The new design also would respect and enhance Ossipoff’s building design, and in 2011 was Certified LEED® Platinum for Commercial Interiors.

The IBM Building’s structural framework and iconic exterior brise soleil (the design on the façade that shades the building) readily afforded the primary design objectives of views, daylighting, and excellent sun shading. However, the building’s mechanical and electrical infrastructure proved more challenging and was replaced in part with digitally controlled variable air volume devices, retrofitted fluorescents ,and new LED spot lighting. Energy used in the office space is individually metered and monitored by a computer dashboard that allows the firm to modify its energy usage and even calculate its carbon footprint.

In an effort to reduce waste and conserve resources, the firm’s former landlord allowed the removal and relocation of carpet tile, light fixtures, and built-in cabinetwork from the former offices. Locally harvested ohia wood from the Big Island of Hawaii was milled and crafted by a native Hawaiian firm for the reception room floors and woven ceiling.