Progress Underway on New Home for HPU SharksContributor: Swinerton Blogger | December 29, 2014
2014 has brought many changes to Hawaii Pacific University (HPU), the largest private university in the state of Hawaii. A redesigned school logo and a fierce new mascot, the Sharks,are examples of the efforts the school has undertaken to enhance and maintain their visibility as a leader of higher education in the Pacific. Swinerton Builders Hawaii is proud to be a part of the university’s most ambitious effort to date: the revitalization of the iconic Aloha Tower Marketplace into a mixed-use residential and commercial center. This revitalization will provide both dormitory housing for the students of HPU’s downtown Honolulu campus as well as an array of unique shops for the community at large.
Collaborative efforts between HPU, the head architects at Group 70 International, and Swinerton Builders produced a design that will maximize the potential of the four buildings that make up the 160,000-square-foot complex. The second floor of each building will be converted to 84 student lofts that will be used to house up to 300 students. Like all great college experiences, the first floor will contain a combination of academics and entertainment. Classrooms, a library, and other academic services will reside alongside a variety of eateries that will range from sit-down restaurants, like Gordon Biersch, to smaller mom and pop vendors such as coffee and shave ice shops.
The project is set for completion in time for 2015-2016 academic school year to begin. Two key components of the project driving this schedule are skilled self-perform labor and many new and exciting technologies. BIM 360 Glue was used to coordinate and resolve conflicts between the MEP trades in all the buildings before work in the field began. As construction activities begin to ramp up, BIM 360 Field and a new electronic plans table will further be utilized.