Acts of Aloha: Thriving on the West Side
For the past five years Kroc Center Hawaii has served as a catalyst for community and economic growth in Kapolei
The Salvation Army’s Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center celebrates its five-year anniversary in 2017. Design-firm G70 partnered with The Salvation Army – Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Division to build the largest community center in the 50th State, 200,000 square-feet to be exact, on 15 acres in Kapolei.
G70 is an award-winning full-service agency based out of Honolulu, employing architects, planners, interior designers, civil engineers and asset managers. While they are well-known for their international projects, the Kroc Center Hawaii holds a special place in their hearts and is a point of pride for them. “What was top of mind in the vision of the Kroc Center was to make sure that we didn’t just design for today, but design for the future, and you see that future realized today in a short five years” shared Katie McNeil, G70 Principal.
“The Kroc Center Hawaii was designed to adapt and respond to the needs and interests of West Oahu,” said Major John Chamness, Divisional Leader for The Salvation Army – Hawaiian & Pacific Islands Division. “Our vision was to be a community center where families, individuals, and relationships thrive. We have been able to provide opportunities that facilitate positive, life-changing experiences through education, art, athletics, personal development, spiritual discovery, and community service. Our certified and low cost preschool and after school programs allow underserved families access to high quality education and enrichment. Community partners like G70 help us continue to adapt our programs and services to meet the needs of our growing community.”
The Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center By the Numbers:
Amount of Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Centers in the U.S.
Total annual positive social and economic impact of all Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Centers.
Annual social and economic impact of Kroc Center Hawaii
Jobs created to build Kroc Center Hawaii
*According to a 2014 study conducted by Partners for Sacred Places and McClanahan Associates, Inc.