Community celebrates final beam for UH West Oʻahu Creative Media facility

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University of Hawaiʻi-West Oʻahu
Contact:
Leila S W Shimokawa, 8089568207
Dir of Comm, Chancellor's Office/Public Relations & Marketing
Kelli Abe Trifonovitch, (808) 228-8108
Chief Communications Officer, University of Hawai‘i System
Posted: Sep 25, 2019

Chancellor Maenette Benham signs the beam intended for installation at the Creative Media Facility.
Chancellor Maenette Benham signs the beam intended for installation at the Creative Media Facility.
Kahu Kordell Kekoa blesses the beam intended for installation at the Creative Media Facility.
Kahu Kordell Kekoa blesses the beam intended for installation at the Creative Media Facility.

Link to video and sound (details below): https://bit.ly/2ncLSbV

WHAT: Signing the final beam for University of Hawaiʻi–West Oʻahu’s Academy for Creative Media Facility at “Sign the Beam” event.

WHO:  Dignitaries, students, faculty, administrators and supporters marked their involvement in the project and program as they signed the beam to be lifted and installed. 

WHEN: 10 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019

WHERE: UH West Oʻahu 

WHY: The new 33,000-square foot Academy for Creative Media building will link complementary facilities and programs throughout the UH System and across the state as a catalyst for Hawaiʻi’s intellectual property workforce. 

OTHER FACTS:

  • The new building aligns with UH West Oʻahu’s newest degree program – the Bachelor of Arts in Creative Media. 

  • The base contract of $33.275 million was awarded to local contractor Kiewit Building Group and local architect firm Next Design. 

  • Substantial completion is expected in June 2020 with the new facility being ready for classes in Fall 2020.

  • Teaching spaces will include a 3,000-square-foot soundstage, maker space for set building and 3D printing, four editing suites, an Automated Dialog Replacement and foley studio, a digital intermediate color grading suite, flex classrooms, three computer labs, eSports Arena, an emerging media lab for advanced interactive cyber visualization applications, as well as an incubator for student run companies.

  • Various collaborative spaces are spread throughout the facility to accommodate small and large groups interaction and include an incubator space for students to gather in a professional environment to encourage entrepreneurial ideas. 

  • Support spaces include a café, lobby, faculty offices, workrooms, faculty lounge, meeting rooms, storage and server room.

  • The building will feature a 100-seat screening room with dolby atmos mixing panel, 4K laser projectors, a 16’ wide x 9’ high LED video wall in the lobby to display student work, interactive teaching boards, remote learning/video conferencing equipment, video/sound editing equipment and digital signage.

  • An outdoor amphitheater with LED wall will allow hundreds of students to enjoy special evening screenings and presentations.

VIDEO:

BROLL: 2:45

15 shots beam signing ceremony

2 shots 3D fly through

Drone aerials of construction:  Must credit: Courtesy of UHWO ACM

SOUND: 

Micah Niinuma, UH West O‘ahu junior (:11)

“I don’t get to experience it for the full four years, but for upcoming students I’m extremely jealous because, I don’t know, I feel like everybody is going to be very stoked.”

Rachel Lugo, UH West O‘ahu graduate (:07)

“It’s important because our program is growing. When I came here it was still kind of new.”

Chris Lee, director, Academy for Creative Media System (:11)

“So this is probably the most advanced student-production-focused production center in the islands. It may be the most technologically advanced building in the islands in general because of everything it incorporates.”