Educational architecture presents its own unique collection of challenges and opportunities. “How much we learn can be directly attributed to our surroundings. With educational projects, our challenge-and our reward-is creating spaces that are not only comfortable and functional, but nurturing and inspiring.” (Carol Sakata, principal.)

From Hawai‘i to Guam, schools to conference centers, to auditoriums and theaters, CDS International has a prolonged and diverse history of designing educational facilities that meet the needs of our clients.

  • For the MUSIC COMPLEX ACOUSTICAL ANALYSIS & REMEDIATION project, CDS was retained to conduct a facility evaluation and acoustical analysis to identify improvements needed to bring instrumental and choral rehearsal rooms, and 12 smaller practice rooms, at the University of Hawaii Manoa Campus’s Music Complex (adjacent to Orvis Auditorium) into acoustical compliance with National Association […]

  • Waipahu, Oahu, HI

    The Waikele Elementary School project initially involved master planning of the entire campus and design of the first increment facilities of a new elementary school for the State of Hawaii’s Leeward Oahu School District. CDS also designed the second increment under a subsequent contract. The school accommodates 750 students in a multi-track program in which […]

  • Honolulu, HI

    The Kamehameha Schools, established for the education of native Hawaiian children, boasts one of the best physical plants for primary and secondary education in the nation. The Industrial Arts Building contains state-of-the-art equipment in automotive science, carpentry, electronics, metal work, and computer drafting. It is a multi-tiered structure that respects its steeply sloping site. The […]

  • Wailuku, Maui, HI

    The rehabilitation and adaptive re-use of the 1930s Wailuku (Maui) National Guard Armory provides the adjoining Iao Intermediate School with a much needed multi-purpose facility and an additional 2.66 acres for its campus. The more than 50,000 square foot building houses a cafetorium/multi-purpose space, kitchen, custodial service center, the school’s administrative center, library media center, […]

  • Honolulu, HI

    Roosevelt High School in Honolulu’s Makiki neighborhood is listed on the State of Hawaii Historic Register. CDS International was retained to prepare a master plan and provide design services for conversion of the school’s 1929 auditorium building into a Performing Arts Theater. The master plan emphasis was on meeting the school’s educational goals, identifying cost […]