University of Hawai'i Cancer Center grand opening on February 23

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Lori Strelow, 808-356-5753
Director of Communications, University of Hawaii Cancer Center
Bryan T Cheplic, 808-564-5911
Public Information Officer, University of Hawaii Cancer Center
Posted: Feb 11, 2013

New Cancer Center Facility in Kaka'ako
New Cancer Center Facility in Kaka'ako
Nobel Laureate, Professor Elizabeth Blackburn
Nobel Laureate, Professor Elizabeth Blackburn
A long-awaited dream will become reality with the grand opening of the UH Cancer Center in Kaka’ako on Saturday, February 23, 2013. The celebration marks the culmination of a project dating back to October 2010, and which was completed $16 million under budget and three months ahead of schedule.

The festivities will start with a 10 a.m. blessing ceremony.  Keynote speakers will be Nobel Laureate and Professor Elizabeth Blackburn, AC, FRS, FRSN, from the University of California, San Francisco; Margaret Foti, MD, PhD, Chief Executive Officer at the American Association for Cancer Research; and immediate past American Cancer Society President W. Phil Evans, MD, FACR.

UH Cancer Center Director Michele Carbone, MD, PhD, will provide welcoming remarks, followed by dedication speeches by UH President M.R.C Greenwood, PhD, and UH Mānoa Chancellor Tom Apple, PhD.

Kahu Kauila Clark, who presided over the center’s groundbreaking ceremony in 2010, will perform the official blessing and welcome the public to Ka Ao Hou or “A New Beginning.”

From 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Center will host a family-friendly science fair that is open to the public. The fair will provide hands-on lessons about some of the research, diagnostic tools, preventative measures and clinical trials being performed by the center’s faculty and staff. In addition, there will be displays by the American Cancer Society, free skin cancer screenings by the Hawai‘i Skin Cancer Coalition, hula demonstrations, Zumba and more.

Free parking is available on a limited basis at Kaka’ako Waterfront Park.  All-day paid parking is available in the public lot adjacent to the Children’s Discovery Center for $3.

The six-story, 150,000-square-foot building consolidates all of the Center’s programs under one roof and provides world-class facilities for cancer biology, prevention and control, and epidemiology studies, as well as clinical and translational research. The new facility has earned a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certification, which means it is an internationally recognized green building whose benefits range from improving air and water quality to reducing solid waste, benefiting owners, occupiers, and society as a whole.

Designed by Shimokawa Nakamura Inc., the building features a glass-and-steel exterior with large windows to maximize views and natural daylight to interior spaces. Throughout the building, numerous work and meeting spaces have been strategically placed to facilitate collaboration amongst work groups and takes advantage of spectacular views to the ocean, Kaka‘ako Waterfront Park, and Diamond Head. Finishes are sleek, warm and inviting, with natural materials reminiscent of earth, sky and the sea. Landscaping is natural and free-flowing, with native plant material suitable for the Kaka‘ako climate. There are two landscape gardens with pohaku (stones): one along the mauka entry and one along the makai entry. Sustainability is a hallmark of the building.

Other features include:

  • Vegetated roof surfaces that help reduce the costs associated with air conditioning, reduce the heat island effect, retain storm water, provide insulating benefits, as well as extend the lifespan of the roof.
  • High-efficiency fixtures and occupant sensors to reduce electricity usage and potable water demand. In aggregate, these strategies will use approximately 28-30% less electricity and water than the use baseline calculated for the building.
  • 10 percent of all building materials are of recycled content, thereby reducing impacts resulting from extraction and processing of virgin materials.
  • 10 percent of all building materials were extracted, harvested or recovered and manufactured within 500 miles of the project site, thereby supporting the use of indigenous resources and reducing the environmental impacts resulting from transportation.

“I am truly grateful to the legislators, community members, university leaders as well as our own faculty and staff who committed their time and hard work in completing this facility, which will service all the people of Hawaiʻi,” said Dr. Carbone.

“There are so many people who worked together to make this building a reality,” said UH Mānoa Chancellor Apple. “The opening of this new building serves as a testament to the University’s commitment to combating and hopefully finding a cure for this devastating disease.”

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