May 07, 2014

UH unveils design concepts for future Daniel K. Inouye center


The University of Hawaii revealed Wednesday preliminary design concepts for the future Daniel K. Inouye Center for Democratic Leadership.

The facility, which will be located at the current Henke Hall site on the University of Hawaii at Manoa campus, will house all seven academic programs in the College of Social Sciences.

It will include archival space for the Senator’s collections, dual reading rooms with digital access to the Library of Congress, auditorium space for public lectures and classroom use, classroom facilities, meeting rooms, multipurpose rooms, exhibition space and multimedia capability, study areas, research facilities and more.

“The Daniel K. Inouye Center is part of the university’s ongoing efforts to redefine buildings and public spaces on the UH Manoa campus and align it to better meet the evolving educational, social and cultural needs of students and the community,” said UH Manoa Chancellor Tom Apple.

“The features and functionalities envisioned for the center, particularly the student innovation zones and civic engagement areas, will create exciting, new learning environments that will encourage and foster meaningful discussions on a variety of topics,” said UH Interim President David Lassner.

The preliminary design concepts demonstrate an array of possible design options to meet the current and future needs of UH Manoa students, the campus, as well as the surrounding community. The designs offer a variety of space options for student innovation zones, civic engagement areas and archival preservation sections.

The concepts are part of a six-month pre-design phase for the center. During this phase, key parameters and objectives of the design are researched and defined.

“These ideas incorporate many of the form and functional requirements that were raised during our community-based workshop for the center, and integrate them into an exciting design concept that maximizes unique sustainable features such as the use of trade winds for natural ventilation,” explained Janine S. Clifford, AIA, the project’s architect of record and principal of local firm Clifford Planning & Architecture.

The public is encouraged to provide feedback online. “This is an opportunity for the public to provide insights as to what spatial elements might be needed to meet the present and future needs of students, the campus and the surrounding communities,” Apple said.

Upon the university’s approval of this phase of work, the project will enter the formal design phase, starting with schematic design.