Ushijima Architects, Inc. (UAI) and Ralph S. Inouye Company (RIC) partnered together in a design-build project to provide Saint Francis School (SFS) with a new multi-purpose gymnasium facility on the school’s existing campus. The new facility consists of a competition size gymnasium, weight room, multi-purpose room, band room, locker rooms, shower rooms, and administrative areas. UAI provided SFS with design expertise, planning, permit routing, and construction support throughout the entire project.


The 17,000 s.f. facility was designed utilizing a pre-fabricated, pre-engineered metal building framing system to expedite the construction schedule. Natural daylight is provided throughout the facility with the use of skylights. Natural ventilation is being utilized in the gymnasium with the use of large louvers along the high walls of the gymnasium and clerestory windows. Some areas within the facility, such as the administrative areas, are equipped with air conditioning.


Energy efficient lighting and lighting controls, which also comply with lighting standards for televised games, were incorporated into the design to provide an energy efficient, low maintenance facility for the school.


The UAI/RIC design-build team was able to meet Saint Francis School’s challenging project schedule while remaining within the project’s budget limitations.