The new Visitor Emergency Operations Center (VEOC) at Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park located on the island of Hawaii opened in February 2011. At a cost of $5.6 million, the newly renovated facility is 4,896 S.F., hurricane proof, vog proof and provides an emergency operations center which consolidates visitor services and resource protection operations.
MEH alongside Mason Architects, Inc. aided in design of sustainable features, which earned the project a LEED Platinum Level of Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council, and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute. LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.
MEH provided HVAC and plumbing design services for this Emergency Operations Center. The renovation included:
47 photovoltaic panels that generate power for the entire building
- Reused or recycled materials from the previous structure
- Automated light switches that sense human presence and shut on and off automatically
- A refracting light tube system that utilizes sunlight to illuminate the interior and exterior
- All paint, furniture, wall lockers, flooring and window treatments are made with low-volatile organic compounds
- Water supplied by a filtered rainwater catchment system
- Trees removed from the construction site were used as support posts for the building