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Kauai Community Federal Credit Union Opens

Nov. 22, 2010

A grand opening ceremony was held for Kauai Community Federal Credit Union's new Kukui Grove West office on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2010. The two-story, 21,396-square-foot office, which is also the credit union's headquarters, was built by Layton Construction and includes underground basement parking in a 77,101-square-foot lot.

The facility, one of the most environmentally-sensitive projects ever built on Kauai, is seeking a LEEDĀ® Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building CouncilĀ® and in doing so will be the first LEED-certified bank/credit union in all of Hawaii and the second LEED-certified building on the island of Kauai. There are only four other LEED Gold certified facilities in the state of Hawaii.

Some of the sustainable features of the new credit union include an expansive 1,000-square-foot skylight in the front lobby that provides natural daylighting and contains a special gel that blocks heat from entering the building. Photovoltaic laminates on the facility's roof convert sunlight to electricity, and the paint finish on the roof contains a special pigment that reflects heat and reduces the building's overall heat absorption. Additionally, special landscaping features on the project site reduce and treat storm water run-off. A natural bioswale made of grass and other natural materials absorbs pollutants from storm water before they leave the site. The building's parking lot contains special parking stalls for hybrid vehicles.

Additionally, 50 percent of construction waste from the project was recycled or reused at other projects. A substantial amount of leftover lumber was donated to the carpentry program at Kauai Community College. Crews also made sure to use local materials and materials containing recycled products.

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