2013 AIA Honolulu's Members Choice Award
Entrant 6 - Ike Le'a - Science Building Maui College
The ‘Ike Le’a, Science Building is the first facility specifically designed to support the new four-year curriculum at Maui College. The new facility seeks to establish a progressive science facility, designed to the projected standards of the year 2050. This new complex fosters a highly collaborative atmosphere for students and faculty in the multi-discipline science facility. The building promotes cooperative learning through creating an environment with less borders, providing areas for spontaneous work and socialization, and providing the opportunities for students to develop interpersonal communication and creative thinking skills.
The building’s overall architecture, including its form and aesthetics are strongly influenced by the sustainable goals of the project. The integration of renewable energy technologies consisting of photovoltaic and wind turbine electricity generation into the overall exterior building design creates a major visual theme. The main roof has two different slopes to give more south-facing roof area for the preferred placement of solar collection panels. The roof pitch is optimized for solar panel efficiency. Another sustainable feature is the green (vegetated) roof deck on the north end of the building. The green roof is a demonstration of alternate roof design and is intended as a venue to conduct outdoor science class activities and exhibiting of student work.