The architectural design for the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo’s Ka Haka ʻUla O Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language Building received the 2010 American Institute of Architects Honolulu Design Award in the “commissioned work” category.
State lawmakers have approved $28 million for construction of the facility, which will consolidate the teaching of Hawaiian language, history and culture in one facility designed with an eye for both sustainability and Hawaiian values.
The facility features organic roofs sloping downhill live a lava flow and hints of mountains, traditional hale and the red scarves of namesake Princess Ruth Keʻelikōlani. Photovoltaic panels line walkways, the covered ceremonial plaza is aligned for natural ventilation and landscaping is designed for shade and water retention. Metal roofs and concrete will be locally manufactured.
Learn more about the building in the Design Progress Report (3.2 MB PDF)
In another UH Hilo project, the governor has released $5.5 million in state funds to plan and design facilities for the College of Pharmacy. The facility will also be designed by WCIT Architecture of Honolulu with assistance from SmithGroup’s science and technology branch and located in the UH Hilo University Park of Science and Technology.