‘Iolani’s Sullivan Center to receive first CHPS status in Hawaii
Designed by Group 70, Sullivan Center features school’s commitment to sustainability

WHAT:                 ‘Iolani School’s Sullivan Center for Innovation and Leadership, a project designed by Honolulu-based Group 70 International, will become the first school in the state to receive The Collaborative for High Performance Schools’ (CHPS) verified status at a ceremony tomorrow. The CHPS status recognizes the center’s sustainable and energy efficiency elements including the particular positioning of the solar photovoltaic panels to maximize sunlight conversion into energy, computerization of the center’s mechanical system, and display of building’s electrical use in the center’s stairwells. Media is invited to attend the ceremony.

WHEN:                 Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 9:45 a.m.

WHERE:               ‘Iolani School – Sullivan Center for Innovation and Leadership, 3rd floor

DETAILS:              CHPS Executive Director William Orr will present the award to ‘Iolani Head of School Dr. Timothy Cottrell, Ph.D. Group 70 President and Chief Operating Officer Charles Kaneshiro, AIA, LEED AP, will also provide remarks on his firm’s work on the center. After the event, CHPS will be holding a training session for approximately 15 architectural and design teams working with the Hawaii State Department of Education to design additional CHPS-certified schools in the state.

About CHPS

CHPS Verified is a green school building rating program that combines a rigorous state-specific standard for the design and construction of healthy, high performance schools with a complete third-party review of the features to ensure the benefits are delivered. Compliance with the CHPS Verified program demonstrates that a school has met one of the most stringent standards for green school design.  CHPS, a 501(c)(3) non-profit headquartered in Sacramento, CA, works to make schools a better place to learn. For more information about CHPS, visit www.chps.net.

About Group 70 International, Inc.

An award-winning design firm founded in Honolulu in 1971, Group 70 International is dedicated to a collaborative approach and committed to design that reflects the community in which the project serves. G70 provides leading-edge creativity for projects including resorts, office buildings, mixed-use complexes, multi-family housing, educational facilities and planned communities, while also focusing on indigenous planning. The firm’s commitment to sustainable practices garnered a 2014 Pacific Business News inaugural “Best in Sustainability” award and is reflected in its varied collection of LEED-certified, net-zero, and HI-CHPS-certified (Hawaii Collaborative for High Performing Schools) projects. For more information on Hawaii’s leading design firm specializing in planning, architecture, interior design, civil engineering and sustainability, visit www.group70int.com.

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FOR MEDIA ONLY: For images of ‘Iolani School’s Sullivan Center or to schedule an interview with Charles Kaneshiro of Group 70 please contact Francis Choe at 808.366.4220/francis@pangcomm.com or Jennifer Pang at 808.371.2882/jennifer@pangcomm.com. To schedule an interview with Dr. Timothy Cottrell of ‘Iolani School, please contact Cathy Lee Chong at (808.554.2009)/cathylee@iolani.org.

Francis Choe

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Pang Communications

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Phone: 808.366.4220

Email: francis@pangcomm.com