ABOUT THE PROJECT:

The First Hawaiian Bank, Manoa Branch project consisted of renovating an existing 3 story building and adding new 2 story wing to house First Hawaiian Bank’s Manoa branch as well as its leased office space. The new building consists of a combined reinforced concrete and steel structure with a metal roof, metal soffit panels and plaster siding. This new structure was attached to a 3 story existing CMU building, and the new space encompassed approximately 15,000 square feet. Other features included a 3 story elevator, 2 on grade parking areas, a 1 ½ story entry curtain wall, and site and building retaining walls. Interior elements included an open branch space with a suspended wood ceiling, an ATM room, 2 teller pods, offices, conference rooms, restrooms, a break room, and a vault.

The project site is nestled in an existing residential neighborhood. Thus, one of the challenges was demolishing existing homes and a wing of the existing building before building a new commercial building that fit within Manoa’s residential community. An additional challenge was coordinating with 2 mobile carriers to move the existing equipment housed on the existing building and site and phase the installation of new equipment while keeping the carriers in service. RSI helped to complete the project within the client’s budget by assisting in a significant value engineering exercise at the beginning of the project and adopting lean construction principles to execute the project on schedule. As part of the project delivery, RSI performed a 3D laser scan of the existing building and created a 3D Building Information Model (BIM). The model was used to perform clash detection sessions with the design team and subcontractors to coordinate MEP systems within the tight ceiling spaces before any conflicts arose in the field.