Connections Public Charter School

Connections Public Charter School

Hilo, Hawaii
Proposal

Our master plan for a new Connections Charter School campus includes elementary, intermediate, and high school facilities, as well as common facilities to support these programs. The conceptual plan also provides facilities for a forestry/conservation program, a sustainable agricultural program and a small intergenerational program. The Property is approximately 70 acres of underdeveloped land, located on Mauna Loa’s lower slope, approximately 2.5 miles above Hilo town. Buildings are designed to be small in scale, and are organized into clusters to create a more village-like atmosphere. The buildings are also elevated off the ground to lessen the amount of grading and land modification necessary.

A main objective of the client is to construct a school that serves as a model of sustainable design and development, and to utilize this physical environment as a teaching tool. Buildings are oriented to take advantage of natural lighting and ventilation. Large eaves and landscaping would be used to minimize solar heat gain, and lightweight, low carbon footprint building materials would be used, along with a photovoltaic system for powering the campus. The School would include an extensive rainwater collection system designed to utilize captured water, as well as a graywater reuse system.