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School looked like any other campus in Hawai‘i on the first
school day of 2005, only three months after a devastating fire burned
down the oldest building of the century-old school. This, thanks
to the capabilities of modular construction.
During the site
preparation and installation of the modular building, summer school
was maintained and temporary classrooms were used while crews were
quickly working on the new building. Some classrooms were used as
storage for furniture and equipment. Priority was given to finishing
the classrooms on time for the school re-opening after the summer
break. Once that was done, the construction crew switched its attention
to the administrative offices.
HMSI built an
almost-identical building to the one that was burned down. Remarkably,
the used unit worked out where the size and design almost exactly
matched the former building. The new building is equipped with air
conditioning and classrooms are insulated against outside noise.
renovation of Kalaheo Elementary School received an Honorable Mention
in the Renovated Reuse under 10,000 square feet category from the
Modular Building Institute.