Ceremony marks completion of federal courthouse modernization

Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse

A $120.4 million renovation project at the Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse is officially complete.

Federal and state officials celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the building’s central courtyard.

The modernization and renovation of the 32-year-old facility began in April 2010 and included features to reduce energy use by 30 percent and water consumption by 20 percent.

Improvements included:

  • Modernizing eight federal and magistrate courtrooms and 12 judges’ chambers,
  • Replacing mechanical, electrical, life-safety and plumbing infrastructure,
  • Installing energy-efficient heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems,
  • Installing 75kW photovoltaic solar panels,
  • Remodeling and improving accessibility to public lobbies, common area corridors and restrooms, and
  • Constructing a new, centralized entry pavilion with a modern security screening area.

“It really is a lesson for us to follow as we look at aging state facilities and make decisions about what is the best way forward to extend the life of these investments that our taxpayers have made,” said Gov. David Ige.

The project was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

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