2013 AIA Honolulu's Members Choice Award
Entrant 18 - Windward Community College Library Learning Commons
As the first green library in Hawai‘i, the Windward Community College Library Learning Commons is an example of how architecture can contribute to the advancement of education and technology in the 21st century. The library features elements beyond a regular library including a media center, classrooms, and a coffee shop. Open common areas, including the three-story atrium, bring in natural daylight creating a collaborative and efficient learning environment. As a focal point within WCC, the center maintains the campus aesthetic of Spanish Mission Revival Architecture. Along with state-of-the-art technology, unique features include its furniture made of recycled materials from the previously demolished building. The library is currently aiming toward LEED® Silver Certification.