Kamehameha Schools is redeveloping the site of the former Keahou Resort. This important and historic site includes Hapaiali‘i and Ke‘eku heiau and multiple fishponds. Part of the redevelopment goal is to change the use of the site from resort to cultural and education along with a future Cultural Visitors Center. In this phase, a Multi-Purpose building that will be a venue for a variety of cultural performances, classes and meetings. A halau will sit on top of the roof structure of the building and a green roof lawn will extend the performance and audience space. A comfort station is also being designed and constructed as part of this phase. It will supply reclaimed irrigation water for the native plantings surrounding the building through a living machine, subsurface wetland treatment designed by Roth Ecological.
Additional cultural and edible plants will be added to the design to help restore use and meaning to the site. Kamehameha Schools will have a commercial imu to use for special event catering and Ae ae variegated banana, green ti leaf and lauae fern will be planted nearby for scent and use in the preparations. Wauke and two varieties of Kalo will also be planted on site, along with native biome planting areas that encourage mycorrhizal fungi that assist native plants in native soils to survive without the addition of fertilizers. This is a project of Belt Collins LLC.
The Information Technology Center at University of Hawaii Manoa Campus was conceived as a ‘Showcase of Sustainability’. The building and the site have improvements that aim at the goal of leaning less on existing infrastructure systems on campus. This site previously flooded during storms in October 2004, so the building was sited higher and other stormwater solutions were very important.
The landscape architect collaborated and designed site elements to include: bio-infiltration swale, mini check dams, permeable concrete, ‘hapa’ planting of natives and low maintenance, drought tolerant species, green walls and a living roof. This low impact development project still serves the needs of students, faculty and staff by providing seatwalls and tables in sun and shade and by providing an aesthetically beautiful landscape. It is expected that this building and site will receive a LEED Gold Certification. (Completed while at Belt Collins LLC)
As part of a $19 million dollar renovation to the hotel, the landscape architect provided revised concept drawings through construction documents for the landscape for the entire 21.8Acre site. A new Serenity Pool for adults was created with an amazing 180+ feet long infinity edge. The pool color was deepened to echo the colors of the Pacific Ocean. Visitors can see whales breach on their migration journeys from the pool’s edge. Detailed hardscape and grading design including ADA access to each level of the chaise lounge areas and a green roof over the pump house were prepared. The pool area was designed with a contemporary take on lava walls and ilili stone border for an interesting yet maintainable edge.
Construction observation services were provided for the Serenity Pool and the planting renovations to the main entry island and the areas around the Family pool. Presentations to the Wailea Community Association and Maui County’s Urban Design Review Board, and closely coordinated issues related to a neighboring property. Completed while at Belt Collins LLC
The landscape architect was involved in two simultaneous projects on the Waikoloa Marriott Beach Resort property. A new adult pool and spa designed with contemporary cut lava stone and grey quartzite paving to match the existing stone on site as well as a function lawn that is adjacent to the new Ballroom Addition. The pool features a perimeter edge drain so the water appears to float right into the pool deck and an undulating infinity edge that helps transition the new pool into the existing family pool and transition grade across the site. The family pool lining was resurfaced to match the color and material of the adult pool so that they exist in concert with one another. Renaturalized A‘a lava areas conceal in an artful way dry wells, lighting illuminators and other necessary site utilities. The pool deck is expanded by an adjacent chaise lounge area created from individual quartzite stone, hand set within the lawn. The new dining terrace paving and walls compliment the pool area to provide additional opportunities for sunset dining.
The function lawn at the Ballroom addition extends event space and outdoor events. A lava rock wall provides privacy from adjacent functions and character to the space. Small niches in the top of the wall frame tiki torch lights that add to the ambiance. Existing plumeria trees were salvaged and relocated to provide the look of mature planting in a brand new space. Simple and inviting this garden is perfect for weddings or corporate events. Projects completed at Belt Collins LLC.
With clients eager to prove just how much could be done to make a home in Hawaii sustainable and fit to age in place the landscape architect took on the task of maintaining the most important pieces of the landscape, while completely regrading to fit the new house and new entrances. This site is on a steep hillside overlooking the world famous Lanikai beach. A large existing Monkeypod tree helped shaped the entry stairs which were chosen to be a wood frame structure because of it’s minimal footprint and impact to the existing tree’s roots. The lower stair needed to be rock and concrete partly because we needed to retain soil away from the edge of the house, where decking covered open areas that allow for natural ventilation under the house for cooling. A series of large stepped platforms were designed to eliminate the need for additional safety railing and provide display space for dwarf plumeria in large planters. All of the rock walls and loose stacked stone in the final design was found on-site. A footwash and a full shower hidden behind an existing Areca palm insure that trips to the beach don’t get tracked into the house.
Due to the very narrow side yards, it was preferable to handle the rainwater that falls on the upper yard in the same location. So a rain garden with native Carex grass, native Bacopa, and variegated Ti Leaf was planned to blend seamlessly into the surrounding landscape. The previous concrete stairs leading down to the house included tiny rock and black marble pictograms that resembled petroglyphs, and the owner wanted to keep that personal touch. These were updated to the color scheme of the new home and planned for each step as well as larger pictographs on the landings to convey pueo and honu.
This house is unique in that it has two sources of alternative irrigation water. First there is a large rainwater catchment tank hidden below the lower pool deck. Secondly, grey water from bathroom sinks and laundry is treated and then available. This is one of the first homes reviewed by the Department of Health for their Greywater Reuse Guidelines in a sewered area. The project was awarded LEED Platinum Certification and won a Hawaii Chapter ASLA Award as well as a Scenic Hawaii’s Betty Crocker Award. Completed at Belt Collins Hawaii LLC.
On the windward side of Oahu, Ulupo Heiau overlooks Kawainui Marsh with a stone platform 180 feet by 140 feet with walls as tall as 30 feet and 28 Acres of loi kalo, fertile ground and naturalized hau tree. This cultural site has been a territorial park since 1954 and is currently under stewardship of State Parks and ‘Ahahui Mālama I Ka Lōkahi (Hawaiians for the Conservation of Native Ecosystems).
In cooperation with Roxanne Adams, horticulturist and native Hawaiian, provided site analysis and landscape masterplan for inclusion in a Cultural Resources Management Plan being prepared for the site to pursue fundraising for site improvements. The landscape architect and horticulturist also facilitated the visioning meeting to gather input from stakeholders and the public on the improvements needed at the site. The landscape masterplan includes a teaching and performance space Halau, area to grow food such as kalo, banana and even an ulu garden, trails and gathering spaces. A prioritized improvements list including approximate costs was also developed so that as funds were procured, work could begin on the next most important item. Ulupō Heiau is listed on the National and Hawaii Registers of Historic Places. (Completed while with Belt Collins Hawaii LLC)
Urban Flood Control District (UFCD) in conjunction with Adams County sought to solve ongoing problems of flooding and slope instability in a drainage corridor running right through a residential neighborhood. After a partial roadway collapse of 68th Avenue due to overtopping floodwaters, the project took UFDC priority. The landscape architect worked closely with an innovative engineering team. The design solution was split into two approaches near the inlet to the gulch and downstream of the 68th Avenue culvert (where the road failure occurred).
In the upper part of the gulch a large drainage structure, larger than your average room, was constructed below grade to handle 525 cfs, for those of you unfamiliar – that’s a giant flow of water. That inlet has an integrated drop structure to help attenuate the force of the water, then water is channeled into twin 78” pipes, through the neighborhood where constraints were so tight that previously eroding banks were already threatening backyard fences of the neighborhood. Now with the bulk of the stormwater handled subsurface, a winding at-grade swale can handle incidental flows for some infiltration. Planting screens of deciduous trees and evergreens were planted for much needed privacy between the neighbors. Wetland mitigation was necessary, so downstream of 68th Ave were constructed wetland, at a lower flattened elevation to allow for some ponding and the establishment of wetland species. A perched wetland was also constructed on the shoulder of the centerline of the stream to catch and partially treat stormwater from the adjacent road. Lastly, to deter local youth and skateboarders from the attractive nuisance of the twin 78” outfall, a large water basin was designed at a depth of about 12”. The project now provides 100 year flood prevention through this neighborhood watershed. Completed at Wenk Associates.
Provided design and management services for a 4 tower high-rise residential community, roof gardens, and signature hotel. Coordinated design with a team of international consultants and provided plans for design development through construction documents for planting, paving finishes, conceptual grading, conceptual lighting and sculpture plans. Also assisting client in developing value engineering ideas for the landscape work.
The gardens were inspired by classical European forms and implemented with plantings well suited for the climate of Shanghai. On the 7 acre site, 1.25 acres are dedicated to the residential towers and 3.1 acres consist of roof gardens over structures such as the clubhouse with pool and parking garages. The pattern of the gardens and turnaround areas at the high-rise entrances are important since they are viewed from the units above. Residents from the towers use this park-like garden space as their recreational area. Completed at Belt Collins Hawaii LLC and photos courtesy of AM Partners.