HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - After years of planning and preparation, Sacred Hearts Academy has opened its multi-million dollar Student Center.
Father Bertram Lock blessed the new Clarence T.C. Ching Student Center in a Monday morning ceremony.
Students toured the new facility and enjoyed their first meal.
The Student Center will accommodate Sacred Hearts Academy's 1,100 students and honor the Academy's commitment to campus-wide sustainable initiatives serving as a gathering place. The school is implementing a wellness initiative emphasizing fitness, fresh foods and nutrition education.
The new construction features:
- 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
- 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
The facility design is by Urban Works Architects with Okada Trucking, Inc. serving as the contractor.
The cost of the project is $6.1 million with money raised from grants and donations.
The Student Center completes 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.