University of Hawaii
Pearl City, Hawaii
Ka ʻImi ʻIke, the Education Building, accommodates the growth of the Leeward Community College Teacher Education program within the Social Science Division. It provides needed teacher offices, student meeting spaces and classrooms within a single building. The two story building allows for mountain and Pearl Harbor views and has a prominent presence on the campus.
The education building takes advantage of sunlight, trade-winds and thoughtful site planning to create a high-performance building. The south façade provides excellent daylighting and cross-ventilation while the north façade takes advantage of indirect northern light, perfect for daylighting. The short east and west sides of the building minimize solar gain from summer morning and evening sun. Passive design strategies such as sun shading, tree shade, operable windows and a green roof help reduce the climatic impacts on the building envelope and the environment, while providing a healthier learning space for occupants.