Green Magazine Hawaii | February 3, 2015
The new RevoluSun showroom at Ward Plaza is a tenant improvement of the 1960s Modernist space formerly occupied by Bank of Hawaii. The new space was designed collaboratively by RevoluSun CEO and Architect Joshua Powell, AIA, Chief Innovation Officer Eric Carlson and San Francisco-based designer Patrick Jacobs. The re-imagination of the space captures the spatial purity of the original form while delivering on the significant themes of connection to the natural environment, reuse of materials and sustainability important to the Honolulu based company. The entry paneling, door and window trim are composed entirely of reclaimed redwood from the Honolulu area, sourced a few blocks away at ReUse Hawaii. This material was re-milled and finished on site with local labor and forms a warm welcoming entry wrapping the reception area and drawing visitors into a gathering space that anchors the showroom on one end with the company coffee bar and kitchen — an element to pull employees and customers together into the RevoluSun ‘ohana.
While RevoluSun, a licensed ABC Contractor in Hawaii, served as the site general and did most of the interior finish and electrical work with in-house labor, Mike Fariall’s Mokalua High Performance Builder’s of Kailua were significant contributors to the finished product. “Working with a team of dedicated Green Building professionals that understand the goals and broader purpose of the project is essential to success in sustainability,” said Joshua Powell. “Mokalua’s expertise in detailed woodwork was a cornerstone of the successful use of reclaimed redwood.”
The cabinets were made from sustainably produced bamboo plywood. All interior desks and countertops are composed of FSC certified (Forest Stewardship Council) sustainably forested door blanks and laminated veneer lumber blanks, which are less energy intensive to produce than traditional materials and sequester carbon for a longer period than contemporary counterparts. All interior lighting is LED and about 50 percent of the fixtures are reused and retrofitted for high efficiency LED lamps. The space also makes use of ample natural light. Recycled carpeting sourced locally through The Floor Store Hawaii was manufactured by Metroflor Corporation, which operates a flooring recycling program. In keeping with this sustainable path, new walls and other exposed interior surfaces were painted with low VOC and Greenguard Gold certified Behr Marquee paints.
“Future plans include a living wall, a climbing wall and surfboard and bike storage to further connect our RevoluSun community to the natural beauty of Hawaii,” Powell added. The new office will be a showcase for RevoluSun Smart Home products, as well as a gathering place for those seeking to get informed on the continual changes in residential energy and technology markets.