SOURCE: OliverMcMillan


August 31, 2017 13:43 ET

Symphony Honolulu Condominium Project Achieves Historic LEED Certification

Symphony Honolulu is the first new 400-foot tall high-rise residential condominium building to achieve LEED® Certification in the State of Hawaii

HONOLULU, HAWAII--(Marketwired - Aug 31, 2017) - Symphony Honolulu has become the first new 400-foot tall high-rise residential condominium building to achieve LEED® Certification under the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®). 

Developed by OliverMcMillan, Symphony Honolulu includes 388 residential condominiums at the corner of Ward Avenue and Kapiolani Boulevard. The LEED Certification process was managed by Chelsea Group, Ltd.

"We are honored and proud to be recognized by USGBC with this LEED Certification achievement at Symphony Honolulu, which represents the culmination of years of teamwork to make the building more efficient and sustainable," said Kris Hui, development director of OliverMcMillan. "We are pleased that our residents can share in the operational benefits that come from living in a sustainable building and they can proudly be a part of history."

"OliverMcMillan, AHL (formerly known as Architects Hawaii Ltd.), Notkin Hawaii and General Contractor Nordic PCL have embraced a sustainability program within the design and construction of Symphony Honolulu, and Chelsea Group has been pleased to contribute to that effort," said George Benda, CEO of Chelsea Group.

All new construction projects in Kaka'ako are required to meet minimum energy savings standards equivalent to the LEED® based certification level, per the Hawaii Community Development Authority's 2011 Mauka Area rules.

Symphony Honolulu, completed in 2016, utilizes many sustainable practices that contributed to the LEED® Certification, including water efficient fixtures and systems reducing potable water use by 35%, enhanced building envelope and mechanical systems allowing for annual energy cost savings of 13%, a 161 kW Photovoltaic energy system, and construction waste diversion practices achieving diversion of 91% of the on-site generated construction waste from landfills. 

Home to many local families, OliverMcMillan notes that 85% of their original buyers were from Oahu and that 100 Reserved Housing residences were delivered to many first-time homebuyers. To date, with the completion of Pacifica Honolulu and Symphony Honolulu, OliverMcMillan has provided 224 for-sale Reserved Housing units in Kaka'ako, representing 36% of the total 617 completed for-sale reserved units built since HCDA started its for-sale Reserved Housing inclusionary housing program in 1987.

Symphony Honolulu features contemporary design, panoramic views and finely orchestrated amenities that remind residents why they live in Hawaii. Completed in 2016, 99% of the building is sold. OliverMcMillan, in partnership with JN Group, Inc., also offers a variety of additional concierge-style amenities for residents such as private driving service, and now can add LEED® certification to the list. 

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Founded in 1978, OliverMcMillan has earned a reputation as one of the largest and most forward-thinking commercial real estate developers. The award-winning firm creates high-quality, artistic, market-appropriate developments and is recognized by industry leaders for its ability to move forward in a nimble and visionary manner. The firm has designed and developed more than eight million square feet of projects, with a total project value exceeding $5 billion. OliverMcMillan currently has approximately $3 billion in real estate projects under development in cities across the United States. Approaching each project with respect for the surrounding architecture and local culture, the firm works to create vibrant, enduring destinations. For additional information about OliverMcMillan, please visit

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