Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children

Civic & Non-Profit

Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

191,542 sq. ft. intensive care facility
(LEED) Silver Rating


The recently completed NICU/PICU Building is a 191,542 sq. ft. intensive care facility that includes 12 new surgical beds, 70 private Neonatal Intensive Care Unit rooms, 14 private Pediatric Intensive Care Unit rooms, an outpatient clinic and rehabilitation center, a 178-seat auditorium, as well as conference and educational rooms for training purposes and shell spaces for future expansion. This project was initially designed to be an add-on to the 50+ year old Shared Services Building which was significantly over budget and would have resulted in major disruptions to the hospital operation. The hospital was already over capacity and construction in those spaces would have severely compromised the operations. Together, Kobayashi Group (“KG”) with its partners were able to convince management to build a standalone facility with shell space for future expansion to stay within budget and minimize hospital disruptions. The result was a far more functional high-technology facility than what was originally planned. During construction, the new boilers were overheating due to a design flaw, which created a 3.5 month delay. KG worked with the general contractor to reschedule the project to be completed on time. This project was $5 million over the $180 development budget due to the boiler delay claim and the inclusion of a data center.