Tokai University Student Housing Development

University of Hawaii

Kapolei, Hawaii
Proposal

The intention of this project is to create a pedestrian-friendly village setting within the property. Four low-rise buildings, including two (2) main double-loaded “bars” are positioned on the site to create a series of internal streets/courtyards to provide gathering spaces for residents. The first bar of the three-story building along the Road I forms a street edge facing UHWO campus. The second bar is another three-story building offset from the first bar forming two internal courtyards with rain gardens on both sides.

Two L-shaped, 2-story buildings are located on the mauka end of the site (toward the generous landscaped buffer/recreation area toward Farrington Highway) and are thus more private than the two bar buildings. Entries to ground floor units occur along the Road I façade and interior pedestrian promenades, activating the interior walkways and courtyards in front of the buildings and encouraging surveillance/ resident security. A series of cross walks connect the internal streets/ courtyards to the adjacent Tokai University. Trees along the north edge of the property create a buffer between the high traffic Farrington Highway and the private residence setting. Ventilation flows within the building to prevent a stale, unhealthy environment.

Rain gardens within the courtyards will be utilized to retain and filter the storm water run off directly from the roof and hard paving. The excess run-off will be directed to a bioswale system along the west edge of the property. Two small plazas covered by trellis overlook the bioswale provide as large ground gathering or barbeque functions. An open lawn at the north with putting greens and adjacent