Vistana Signature Experiences, Kaanapali Ocean Resort Lot 3 (Kaanapali, HI)

Description of the project: This luxury resort project encompasses 780,000 sf with a construction cost of $73 million. HEA was hired to provide MEP commissioning services for their 390 luxury villas, 10,000 sf lagoon-style pool, beach bar, restaurants, retail and fitness spaces located on 16 acres of Maui’s Kā‘anapali Beach.


What services we are providing: HEA is providing MEP commissioning services, including: co-generation system, air handling units, VAVs, smoke control, variable and fixed speed exhaust fans, condenser water pumps, water source heat pumps, booster pumps, source and rejection well equipment, backup hot water boilers, heating water pumps, industrial water pumps, electrical main and distribution gear, emergency generator, electrical sub-station, domestic water booster pumps and piping, pool and spa equipment, fire protection, fire alarm, lighting control system and building management systems.

Behind-the-Scenes with Kent Shadel, Project Engineer

Working on a project in Maui is tough, but someone has to do it. All jokes aside, a site location such as KOR, proves to be a logistical challenge where HEA’s relationship with the Owner, Owner’s Representation and Contractors is the key element to executing and maintaining this project. In addition, some of the installing contractors and personnel are fairly new to the Cx process. Our solution is to provide a clear definition of our process and expectations and to develop strong working relationships with the project team throughout the construction process. Our team building efforts has been a vital part of the quality control, assurance and commissioning of KOR. We work closely with Cumming Corporation, who is the Construction Management firm representing Vistana, as well as Hawaiian Dredging Construction Company (HDCC) to keep the process moving through numerous design and field changes - they also help to provide HEA with eyes and ears to keep up to date on the project's progression. The team approach and open communication with all of the players has made this potentially challenging project a successful one.

One thing that makes KOR interesting is that it has unique mechanical components. One of them being a Co-Generation and Heat Recovery system in lieu of Boilers and Chillers to serve the facility Industrial Water, Chilled and Hot Water systems. This system pumps ocean water via on-site source wells to the service equipment via industrial water loop. The IW discharges back into the ocean via on-site rejection wells. This has been an enjoyable opportunity to not only work in this island setting, but also a great learning opportunity with systems such as these. With the scheduled project completion in January 2018, there is still much road ahead of us. We are keeping our sights forward to the successful completion of KOR Maui. Mahalo!


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