Aloha Tower Receives Revitalizing MakeoverContributor: Swinerton Blogger | December 02, 2015 | Image Gallery »
Since being redeveloped in 1981 to benefit Hawaii’s commercial trade industry, Aloha Tower has undergone several attempts to attract tourism as a retail and restaurant destination. At one point in time, it was the tallest building in Hawaii—standing 10 stories tall and serving as a guiding beacon to welcome vessels and hundreds of thousands of passenger immigrants to Honolulu. After several years of planning, Hawaii Pacific University (HPU) chose Swinerton Builders Hawaii to help revitalize the Aloha Tower Marketplace into a hub and gathering place for its newly expanded Honolulu campus.
This four building renovation began with the removal of a damaged clay-tile roof, followed by a complete roof replacement of over 120,000 square feet to make way for the renovations on the two floors below. The second floor building interiors were completely gutted to make way for 284 beds divided into apartment-style lofts—consisting of their own bathrooms and efficiency kitchen. The ground floor was later added to the scope of work, which transformed retail space into an exciting new campus facilities gleaming with bright colors, stylish designs, and versatile amenities. The entire project was designed and built to support collaborative learning and a place each HPU student could call their own.
This past summer, students moved into their newly renovated student lofts, which feature units in various layouts—from two-story, two-bedroom, two-bath units equipped with a mini kitchen; to studios containing large picture windows that display views of the downtown Honolulu skyline. The design and construction team took advantage of the mild climate in Hawaii to create a large number of outdoor spaces for students, faculty, staff, and the public to enjoy. In addition to the outdoor spaces, the campus has greatly expanded and upgraded its facilities with three new multipurpose classrooms furnished with large movie-quality projectors, and portable tables and chairs that can be rearranged to serve the many functions required by the University. A high-tech computer center, faculty and student lounge, and hip new spot for the campus bookstore were also included in the project build-out. Located within these larger facilities are meeting rooms and a large game room where students can hang out between classes for a game of pool, ping pong, or foosball to unwind, unplug, and refocus before hitting their next class.