Designing civic projects is like creating the social framework of a community. Our communal buildings define the flow of our lives, how we interact with our neighbors and fellow citizens. These buildings help define the terms of our interactions in the public sphere. “Connecting with the building’s users functionally, culturally, and spiritually is what makes for a successful building that we can all take pride in.” (Glenn Miura, principal.) Whether it’s a library, a museum, a senior center, or a park, our “client” in each case is the community at large.
Nanakuli, Oahu, Hawaii
The new Nanakuli Public Library evokes a village setting representing the community’s past and complementing buildings found along the Leeward coastline today. It will be located on 3.675 acres fronting Nanaikapono Elementary School.
Ewa Beach, Oahu, HI
The Kapolei Recreation Center is a multi-purpose, pool, and administration complex for the Community Association of the Villages of Kapolei, a new residential community on the Ewa coast of the island of Oahu. The main building includes a 2,600 square foot multi-purpose room with a fixed stage, kitchen, audio/visual room, restrooms, and several large storage […]
Aliamanu Military Reservation, Oahu, HI
The Aliamanu Community Center’s Child Care Center is one component of the first Army project to use the concept of consolidating several community facilities to increase their liveliness, usefulness, and efficiency of operation. The center contains separate modules for infant, toddler, pre-school, and multi-age groups, plus administrative, storage, laundry and food preparation areas. The facility […]
Aiea, Oahu, HI
Aiea Public Library is located on a 2.254-acre site that was part of the former Aiea Sugar Mill property. It replaced the former library which lacked sufficient capacity to serve the growing Aiea community. The 17,135 square foot building contains stack space for approximately 78,000 books along with a circulation desk, workroom, children’s reading room […]
Bishop Museum, the largest museum in Hawaii and the premier natural and cultural history institution in the Pacific, is recognized throughout the world for its cultural collections, research projects, consulting services and public educational programs. Its new Science Adventure Center complements the existing exhibit galleries, planetarium, performance and research facilities, and enables children and families […]
Waipahu, Oahu, HI
Renovation and expansion plans for the Leeward YMCA were developed as part of the YMCA of Honolulu’s initiative to upgrade and reposition five of their Oahu facilities. Several historic structures remaining from Oahu Sugar Company’s 1898 Waipahu Mill were incorporated into the adaptive reuse master plan. The YMCA of Honolulu purchased two acres of the […]
The North Kohala Public Library occupies a three-acre site in the rural Big Island community of Kapaau. The 5,877 square foot building contains circulation, stack and reading areas, workroom, support spaces, a special climate-controlled room for the North Kohala Historical Archives, and a community meeting room. The reading room incorporates seating nooks in bay windows […]