China-U.S. Center, Island of Hawai‘i

This planned public/private partnership between the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo and a Taiwanese firm represented a unique approach to providing dormitory and commercial space for the fast-growing campus. The original concept comprised the China-U.S. Cultural Center, which would be linked to the University Inn, International Hostel, the shopping and entertainment plaza, and a Chinese courtyard. The overall design theme incorporated cultural elements of the classic Han Dynasty, which uses contrasting and harmonizing zones and features. Geometrician performed the EIS for the project in 2002 in coordination with SSFM International Inc. The work also involved assisting the team in 3-month process of refining conceptual design to meet University needs and Hawai‘i regulations. Although delayed for five years, scaled back and redesigned, the project is expected to break ground within the next two years.

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