Waipahu Intermediate School Cafeteria

Project Size:
20,000 SF
LEED NC v2.0 Certified
2008 NAIOP Hawaii Kukulu Hale Green Building Award
David Franzen

“It’s a first of probably many school buildings that are going to be built this way.” – Russ Saito, Comptroller
State of Hawaii, Department of Accounting and General Services


The new Cafeteria includes a conventional serving kitchen, permanent stage, and dressing rooms, restrooms, faculty dining room, back-of-house facilities, and a dining hall with capacity for 750 students.

The $5.7 million cafeteria facility integrates sustainable design features and strategies and serves as a pilot LEED® Certified project for the State of Hawaii Department of Education (DOE). The natural ventilation design of the dining area combines stack and cross-ventilation and was modeled and refined with thermal analysis software that incorporated local weather data to ensure continuous occupant comfort. Stack ventilation is achieved by a unique cavity-roof design, which functions as a thermal chimney. The unique ventilation design in concert with 100% daylighting allows the dining area to function without DOE standard ceiling fans and electric lighting, thereby conserving energy.