HONOLULU - (HawaiiNewsNow) Hawaii's largest girls school is making way for a new facility this morning. Demolition crews are taking down Sacred Hearts Academy's half a century old cafeteria in order to build a new $6 million Student Center. Our Ramsay Wharton put on her hard hat as the demolition work started live on Sunrise this morning. Check it out!
The Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation donated a $2 million grant to Sacred Hearts Academy for the construction of a $6 million Student Center. The $2 million gift is the largest foundation donation ever received by Sacred Hearts Academy. The 8,000 square foot Student Center replaces the current 53 year old cafeteria and is scheduled for completion in August 2012.
Jack Tsui, Chairman of The Foundation, presented the grant at the groundbreaking ceremony on May 24, by writing the $2 million "big check" on the cafeteria wall. The wall was covered with student art work and memories in the final days of school.
"The Foundation is pleased to support the young women of Sacred Hearts Academy. Education is a high funding priority for the Foundation. Since 2008, The Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation has committed over $44 million to schools, charities and other nonprofit organizations in Hawai'i, according to the Foundation's president, Steve Gilley.
The new Student Center will accommodate Sacred Hearts Academy's 1,100 students and honor the Academy's commitment to campus-wide sustainable initiatives. The students will grow vegetables and herbs in a school garden used for nutrition and culinary education programs.
According to Head of School, Betty White, "We are grateful to The Foundation for this tremendous gift. The Student Center is the heart of our campus and serves our entire student population offering full breakfast and lunch service. The Center will provide a place for our students to study and gather."
The facility design is by Urban Works Architects with Okada Trucking, Inc. serving as the contractor. The Student Center is part of a multi-year building plan on the Sacred Hearts Academy campus including the Mother Louise Henriette Performing Arts Center in 2008 and the McKeough Arts Center in 2006. Sacred Hearts Academy has completed $12 million in capital improvements since the campaign began in 2007.
Sacred Hearts Academy is Hawaii's largest all-girls school, educating girls aged 3 to 18 and focusing on a well-rounded education preparing young women for the 21st century. Over the course of its exciting 102 year history, Sacred Hearts has graduated over 6,000 women, making an immeasurable contribution to the fabric of Hawaii.
Features of the new construction:
- Outdoor covered waiting area for pick up and drop off of students
- Outdoor covered seating areas for meetings
- Interior seating for 224 students and exterior covered area for another 132 students
- Landscaped lawn area in front of covered lanai for outdoor/indoor events
- Composting area and student vegetable garden
- Rain garden featuring indigenous plants
- Access to data / WIFI access throughout the building and covered lanais
- Sound system with recessed ceiling speakers
- Solar hot water
- A commitment to sustainability through a special architectural design featuring natural ventilation - eliminating the need for costly and energy inefficient air conditioning