Gov. Ige and DOH unveil security features planned for new Hawaii State Hospital Building

Posted on May 15, 2018 in Latest Department News

Event: Gov. David Ige and the Hawai‘i Department of Health will provide an update on the progress of the $140 million, state-of-the-art Hawai‘i State Hospital forensic building that is being designed to enhance the safety of patients, employees and the community.
Description: The news conference will unveil the unique features planned for the new 144-bed forensic psychiatric facility that will be built on the upper campus of Hawai‘i State Hospital in Kaneohe. The multi-story building, which replaces the 70-year-old Goddard Building that was demolished in 2016, will bring Hawai‘i State Hospital into the 21st century.

Hensel Phelps, the contractor selected for the project, has invited subject-matter experts to explain the clinical aspects and physical design of the new building, which will strike a balance between serving as a secured inpatient facility and a positive, modern therapeutic environment for the growing number of forensic patients who are admitted to the hospital by court orders. A fly-through video and artistic renderings will be available for media.

Preliminary site work for the new building is scheduled to begin in August 2018. The design-build construction is projected to take about three years, with patients and staff expected to occupy the new building in 2021.
Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Time: 10:45 – 11:30 a.m.

Place: Hawai‘i Department of Health, Kinau Hale Building, First Floor Conference Room, 1250 Punchbowl Street, Honolulu

Moderator: Dr. Virginia Pressler, Director, Hawai‘i Department of Health
Presenters: – Gov. David Ige
– J. Bradley DeMuesy, DBIA, STSC, Project Manager, Hensel Phelps
– Lari Diaz, Healthcare Principal, KMD Architects
– Joel Dvoskin, PhD, Chair, Nevada Behavioral Health and Wellness Council
– Katie MacNeil, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, G70

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