University Of Hawaii Frear Hall Student Housing

 The University of Hawaii at Manoa’s on-campus student housing initiative is focused on providing new suite-style accommodations for a minimum of 800 students. The work is being accomplished in multiple phases with design, construction and financing provided by a private sector development team. Infrastructure and site development to accommodate the project was included in the scope of work. The initial phase consisted of master planning the entire project and developing a concept design for Phase I, replacement of the early 1950s low-rise Frear Hall.

Frear Hall is a 201,700 square foot, 12-story H-shaped tower with 240 suites and is the first building on the Manoa campus to attain LEED® Silver certification. Suites contain single and double bedrooms, with one to four beds per unit and no more than four students sharing one bathroom. Baths are compartmented to allow simultaneous usage of fixtures. Telephone, wireless data, and cable TV ports are provided for each resident.

Interior and exterior spaces were developed to encourage and facilitate social interaction among residents. Building amenities include a social lounge, fitness center, game room, vending areas, computer room, small group study rooms and lounges, a 75-person conference room, student laundry and storage areas, and mailboxes for letters and packages. Property management functions and trash/recycling rooms are also provided. Other amenities include an outdoor barbecue area and 2,000 square foot secure covered storage enclosure for bicycles, mopeds and surfboards. Security features include a staffed 24-hour front desk, card access at exterior entries, elevators, and to living units and bedrooms, and CCTV cameras at lobbies, elevators, and all other critical areas.

CDS was the prime design firm on the American Campus Communities team, which was chosen from among five groups invited to develop proposals for this project during a pre-qualification process.


Environmental Category New Project of the Year (Commercial/Other over 40,000 SF) NAIOP Hawaii


American Council of Engineering Companies of Hawaii


Environmental Category General Contractors Association of Hawaii General Contractor: Swinerton Builders

*The ‘LEED Certification Mark’ is a registered trademark owned by the U.S. Green Building Council and is used by permission.