The Neal S. Blaisdell Center has served as Hawai‘i’s community center for 50 years. It is home for many diverse events such as: athletic competitions, concerts, graduations, seminars, the annual Kamehameha Schools song contest, the annual King Kamehameha Hula Competition, the ballet, the symphony, the opera, and even the Honolulu Farmer’s Market.
Due to the age of the property and its heavy consumer traffic, the arena underwent a facility facelift to modernize the building’s antiquated air conditioning and ventilation system and plumbing system. Since the facility was previously cooled by 18 water-cooled DX air conditioning system MEH designed a replacement with an efficient water-cooled central chiller system. As the Prime Consultant for this modernization project, MEH integrated the construction of the new chiller plant over the existing fish pond to monitor and control the facility’s temperature.
The project consisted of a new chiller plant, two highly efficient variable speed water chillers (700 tons total), 18 double wall quiet air handlers, two induced draft cooling towers, and new underground piping.
Today, the Neal Blaisdell Arena continues to support the community by hosting numerous events throughout the year.