Ewa Beach, Hawaii
The project goal was to make this community a water oriented neighborhood with a mixture of commercial type services. In the Ewa Marina master-planning project, the problem was to develop a plan to accommodate a variety of 4,850 dwelling units situated around a large 160-acre marina, interspersed with golf links. The design process proceeded from quick conceptual diagrams to assess a very large site and to graphically establish an underlying conceptual plan. Through this process, the marina, a golf component, a ring road system and a hierarchy of housing types around the ring road were established. The disposition of housing was placed hierarchically from a more urban mixed-use/midrise condominiums and apartments at the core of the development, moving in descending density to upland townhouses and single-family neighborhoods, to water-oriented duplex units fronting Venice-like canals, and finally to exclusive, high-end single-family housing on a private island or facing the natural sandy beach at the end of the ring road. The master plan was refined to a point where it could be tested economically and engineering wise, and to where major housing types could be schematically developed. Central to the master plan was the establishment of a strong conceptual basis, which could be modified over time.