2013 AIA Honolulu's Members Choice Award
Entrant 22 - University of Hawaii Cancer Center
The new University of Hawaii Cancer Center building in Kaka’ako provides a $102M, 162,640 gsf state-of-the-art environment for wet and dry laboratory research while breaking new ground in building sustainability and energy efficiency. By using a newly created neighborhood labs and implementing the innovative technology of chilled beam cooling, the project has attained USGBC’s LEED Gold standing. The design mission was to create a Cancer Center, inside and out, that embodies the environmental qualities of life in Hawaii, and to be unlike any other cancer center in the world.
In a framework of steel and concrete and under a skin of glass curtainwall, design and construction of biomedical research laboratories is highly technical, unlike any other building type, requiring careful engineering of positive and negative directional airflows, precise calibration of building envelope and openings, balance and quality of ambient and task light, environmental temperature and humidity range control, and separation of office settings, bench laboratories and specialized core laboratories. Blend that science and engineering with the aesthetic and cultural significance of being connected to the land, sea, earth, and sky with color schemes, natural materials, naturally ventilated breezeways, and a convertible conference center artfully blended together.