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2012 Kukulu Hale Awards

Recognizing Excellence in Hawaii's Commercial Real Estate Industry

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New Project Award – Commercial/Other 40,000 SF or Less

Kaua‘i Community Federal Credit Union

Entrant: Group 70 International, Inc.
Developer/owner: Kaua‘i Community Federal Credit Union
Lead Design Firm: Group 70 International, Inc.

The Kaua‘i Community Federal Credit Union at Kukui Grove West is the new headquarters and branch for this 58-year-old credit union on Kauai. The building represents the company’s importance to the Kauai community as a financial cornerstone. The design respects the past while also embracing the future with optimism and a
sense of responsibility to the community and environment. It provides a new image for the next generation of KCFCU
leadership and members.

New Project Award –
Commercial/Other Over 40,000 SF

The Shops at Kukui‘ula

Entrant: Architects Hawaii Ltd.
Developer/Owner: Kukui‘ula Development Company (Hawaii), LLC
Lead Design Firm: Architects Hawaii Ltd.

Capturing the charm of old rural Hawaii drove the design development of The Shops at Kukui‘ula. The Kukui‘ula Development Company was committed to the enduring, independent spirit of Kauai and to Kukui‘ula, and our goal was to design the project to fit into old Koloa Town as if it had always been there. The open, commercial village, which is part of a master planned residential development, reflects Kauai’s rural landscape and rich heritage. The design captures and highlights the agricultural and economic history of the Garden Isle, emphasizing the sugarcane plantations and the island’s multicultural influences.

New Project Award –
Commercial/Other Over 40,000 SF

Omidyar Kindergarten-First Grade Neighborhood

Entrants: Hawaiian Dredging Construction Company
Developer/Owner: Punahou School
Lead Design Firm: Urban Works Inc.

The Omidyar K-1 Neighborhood, which opened for classes in August 2010, is designed to nurture a young child’s natural joy, curiosity and love of learning. The seven-building complex features a natural landscape that invites hands-on exploration and includes the renovation of historic Wilcox Hall into a multipurpose center dedicated to music, the arts and creative play. A steering committee comprising K-1 faculty and Junior School administrators worked closely with the architects and designers to utilize the unique features of the topography upon which the complex is built and to ensure the facilities’ integration with the overall campus.

New Project Award – Nonprofit

The Salvation Army Kroc Center Hawai‘i

Entrant: Group 70 International, Inc.
Developer/Owner: The Salvation Army
Lead Design Firm: Group 70 International, Inc.

Developed by The Salvation Army, the Kroc Center Hawai‘i is located on 15 acres in Kapolei. The 120,000-square-foot community center is the largest such facility in Hawaii. The project was envisioned to meet the needs of the community and to create a sanctuary that would provide spiritual, educational and recreational opportunities that would give transformation and hope to those whom it serves. The Salvation Army strove to create at the Kroc Center a place where dreams are born and come true.

New Project Award –

Ronald T.Y. Moon Judiciary Complex

Entrant: Architects Hawaii Ltd.
Developer/Owner: State of Hawaii Dept. of Accounting and General Services/Judiciary
Lead Design Firm: Architects Hawaii Ltd.

Two decades ago, Chief Justice Ronald Moon envisioned a court that would expand service to the growing population of West Oahu and to all families on Oahu. This dream, now a reality as the Ronald T.Y. Moon Judiciary Complex, houses First Circuit Family Court, Waianae District Court, and the state’s only secure juvenile detention center. High technology systems enhance privacy, security and accuracy. As a major State facility and center in Kapolei, it celebrates both a progressive and culturally respectful image of Hawaii, incorporating several artistic components, including art commissioned by the Art in Public Spaces Program of the Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.

Renovation Award –
Commercial/Other 40,000 SF or Less

Chun Wah Kam Noodle Factory Kakaako

Entrant: Peter Vincent Architects
Developer/Owner: Withheld at owner’s request
Lead Design Firm: Peter Vincent Architects

Located in the industrial fringe of Kakaako, Chun Wah Kam Noodle Factory, a commercial restaurant, is owned and operated by a local family that has been proudly serving their customers for over 65 years. The project is a reflection of the family’s vision to provide business and employment opportunities and encourage economic development in Hawaii. The architectural design for the project involved refreshing and modernizing an old and dilapidated building built in the late 1940s, in order to create a unique and stylistic identity, complimentary to the surrounding buildings and community.

Renovation Award –
Commercial/Other Over 40,000 SF

Diagnostic Laboratory Services

Entrant: Architects Hawaii Ltd.
Developer/Owner: Diagnostic Laboratory Services, Inc.
Lead Design Firm: Architects Hawaii Ltd.

This adaptive reuse project transformed a warehouse into a sophisticated clinical laboratory and welcoming headquarters for Diagnostic Laboratory Services, Inc., the largest locally owned clinical lab. DLS needed to expand to meet current and future physician and patient demands. They required a safe, livable laboratory and headquarters operating 24/7, with safe parking, that met industry requirements and standards, with efficient workflow and supervision areas, sterile conditions including negative and positive air pressure rooms, refrigeration and storage. These diversified goals were met and tied together with a design incorporating the geometric framework of the former warehouse. The first challenge was the onsite parking requirement. Architects Hawaii solved the issue by adding a level – inside the warehouse.

Renovation Award –
Commercial/Other Over 40,000 SF

Sheraton Waikiki

Entrant: WCIT Architecture
Client: Kyo-Ya Hotels & Resorts LP
Lead Design Firm: WCIT Architecture

Located in the heart of Waikiki, the Sheraton Waikiki was originally developed in 1971 in response to a rapidly growing tourism market. The 2009 Masterplan Renovation brings a new sense of arrival, including renovated a porte cochere and check-in lobby; enhanced interplay of the interior and exterior environments; and freshened food and beverage experiences to satisfy a  changing tourism market.

Green Building Award

North Kohala Public Library

Entrant: CDS International
Developer/Owner: Hawaii State Public Library System
Lead Design Firm: CDS International

North Kohala Public Library is an exemplary project that fulfills the environmental, social and economic tenets of sustainability. The community wanted more than a library; they saw it as a technology, educational and performance center. United around this cogent idea, the building form reflects the nature of North Kohala by using its surroundings to provide for most of its own resources. The library harvests rain water, employs natural daylight and air, and also harnesses the sun and wind to produce 75 percent of its energy use. These attributes, plus many more, have conferred upon it LEED Gold Certification – completed all within budget.


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