Kapolei To Add New El­e­men­tary School

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Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the state Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion, Kiewit Build­ing Group Inc. and D.R. Hor­ton Hawaii gath­ered April 2 for the ground­break­ing of a new el­e­men­tary school in Kapolei, which is be­ing built be­tween Kunehi Street and Fort Bar­rette Road.

Con­struc­tion funds of $40 mil­lion were ap­pro­pri­ated dur­ing the last Leg­isla­tive ses­sion to the project and were re­leased to the DOE in June 2013.

“Kapolei is see­ing tremen­dous pop­u­la­tion growth, and to­day’s ground­break­ing sym­bol­izes an in­vest­ment in our keiki and our econ­omy,” stated Gov. Neil Abercrombie.

The school, ten­ta­tively called Kapolei II, will serve 750 stu­dents in pre-kinder­garten through fifth grade. Con­sist­ing of seven build­ings, the cam­pus will in­clude a li­brary, cafe­te­ria and an arts and sci­ence cen­ter. Gar­dens, play fields, air-con­di­tioned class­rooms and a cam­pus-wide wire­less net­work also will be fea­tured at the school. Kapolei II will oc­cupy 78,404 square feet of land, which is be­ing pro­vided by de­vel­op­ment com­pany D.R. Hor­ton.

The cam­pus also is be­ing de­signed to meet the Sil­ver Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion level of U.S. Green Build­ing

Coun­cil’s LEED for Schools 2009 stan­dards, which en­tail a num­ber of en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly build­ing con­cepts and prac­tices. It also will fea­ture na­tive land­scap­ing.

“Kapolei II El­e­men­tary rep­re­sents in­creased ac­cess to a 21st-century learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment that will be val­ued by the Kapolei com­mu­nity,” stated Sharon Thom, se­nior vice pres­i­dent, Kiewit Build­ing Group Inc. “We’re hon­ored to be a part of the team bring­ing the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion’s plans to re­al­ity for the keiki of West Oahu.”

“Build­ing a new school is much more than cre­at­ing class­room learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for chil­dren. This is about build­ing a school com­mu­nity where we all have a shared re­spon­si­bil- ity,” stated DOE schools su­per­in­ten­dent Kathryn Matayoshi. “We look for­ward to con­tin­ued col­lab­o­ra­tion with our part­ners who are com­mit­ted to serv­ing the needs of our stu­dents in Kapolei.”

The of­fi­cial name of the school will be selected with the com­mu­nity’s help when con­struc­tion is com­plete. The school is slated to be fin­ished in April 2015.

Help­ing break ground April 2 for Kapolei II El­e­men­tary School were (from left) state Board of Ed­u­ca­tion chair­man Don­ald Horner, BOE as­sis­tant su­per­in­ten­dent Ray­mond L’Heureux, Kapolei II El­e­men­tary prin­ci­pal Lau­reen Dunn, state Rep. Ty Cullen, state Sen. Mike Gab­bard, state Rep. Sharon Har, Gov. Neil Abercrombie, BOE com­plex area su­per­in­ten­dent Heidi Arm­strong, City Coun­cil­woman Kym­berly Pine, Kiewit se­nior vice pres­i­dent Sharon Thom, Kiewit project man­ager Alika Fu­ji­moto, D.R. Hor­ton Hawaii pres­i­dent Bob Bruhl and Kiewit project man­ager Damon Gray. Photo cour­tesy Ben­net Group.

This ren­der­ing de­picts what Kapolei II El­e­men­tary School will look like when it’s com­pleted in April 2015. Im­age cour­tesy of Ben­net Group.

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