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Author: Ian Tierney
Title: Dynamic and Culturally Sensitive Development in West Oahu
Description: In conjunction with Perkins+Will, KYA designed a new 48,000 square foot facility to accommodate the Administration and Health Sciences programs at the University of Hawaii's West Oahu campus. The new facility includes offices for the Chancellor, the Vice Chancellors for Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and Administration. It also accommodates classrooms, laboratories and offices for faculty and staff. A unique 3-dimensional texture was developed for the building skin, similar to the geometric patterns found on traditional kapa or Hawaiian fabric. Conceived as a large tapestry that embraces the entire building, the building design offers richness to the campus environment that is complimentary to neighboring buildings. The flexible workplace and learning environments were designed to engage those that study and work there. The project was designed with sustainability in mind by the diverse design team which included a female architecture CEO, and a mix of ethnicity including Japanese, Chinese, Filipino, and Native Hawaiian. The design team incorporated daylight into every occupied space along with great views. The project is located close to the rail line, bus stops, and bicycle racks. AHSB aspires to create flexible workplace and learning environments that engage students, faculty and staff.