May 07, 2014

University of Hawaii unveils designs for Daniel K. Inouye Center for Democratic Leadership

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The University of Hawaii unveiled on Wednesday the preliminary design concepts for the future Daniel K. Inouye Center for Democratic leadership, including student innovation zones, civic engagement areas and archival preservation sections.

The concepts for the DKI Center, which incorporated input from a diverse group of public-private partners, community leaders, and university campus experts, demonstrate possible design options to meet the current and future needs of UH Manoa students, the campus and the surrounding community.

“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,” UH Manoa Chancellor Tom Apple said in a statement. “We’re excited to share these preliminary design concepts for the center, which were developed in consultation with key university and community stakeholders, and invite the public to share their thoughts with us.”

The preliminary design concepts are part of the pre-design phase for the center. During this phase, key parameters and objectives of the design are researched and defined, including site analyses, functions, room types and systems.

Janine Clifford, principal of Honolulu’s Clifford Planning & Architecture and the project’s architect, said the ideas incorporate many of the form and functional requirements that were raised during community workshops and integrate them into a design concept that maximizes sustainable features such as the use of tradewinds for natural ventilation.

“At the conclusion of this phase, the project will enter the formal design process and work on actual schematic design will begin,” she said in a statement.

A final design plan, which may incorporate features from various preliminary concepts, will be developed and presented for additional feedback at a later date.

To see the concepts go here: