Realizing Sustainability Ideals at Noelani IDEA Center


The design and construction process of the recently completed IDEA Center at Noelani Elementary School offers a case study in the application of sustainability ideals. The Innovate, Discover, Explore and Achieve — IDEA — Center at the heart of the Noelani campus provides a new library, flexible makerspace, and classroom spaces for the school while also serving as a means of teaching young students about sustainability. Going beyond mandated efficiencies, the building and site design highlight sustainable water management and energy efficiency as design features. This presentation will detail how the project balanced green rating systems and government regulations with the site’s environmental and community context.

Track: EKAHI (Track 1) –

Design and Practice

Session #: 1A

Date: November 18, 2022

Time: 7:45 AM – 8:45 AM

Location: 319A



Lorrin Matsunaga, AIA, LEED-AP
Partner, Urban Works
Emily Gillmar, AIA, LEED-AP BD+C
Project Architect, Urban Works
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